the new look: alleyways.

just wandering along in random alleys...this one is campton place in union square. it's home of two great restaurants, the fancier, california-indian restaurant of the same name, and the more down-home hops and hominy, which has amazing southern food and microbrews.

hope you're having a good week and thanks for stopping by...

vintage sweater, theory culottes (sold out but similar splurge and steal), manolo blahnik pumps, céline clutch, linda farrow x alexander wang sunglasses, ben-amun earrings, alex mika and giles and brother rings, nars satin lip pencil in hyde park

photos by alex drysdale


fall/winter 2015 paris: louis vuitton.

when nicolas ghesquiere was at balenciaga, in my mind he could do no wrong. lego shoes? sure. mining the archives? glorious. paisley skinny suits? where can i sign up. but as fashion goes, things change, and ghesquiere hopped over to vuitton, where he took over from the also talented marc jacobs. but then something happened...the first ghesquiere designed collection came out and i didn't gasp. it was all very functional, a word i wasn't used to hearing in conjuction with his name. the last few collections have fallen too much on the seventies side for my liking, a little too retro and slightly too boho, and then of course everything right now seems to be about the seventies because nicolas. he along with a select few (phoebe philo among them) seem to have their pulse on the next thing before anyone knows it's the next thing.

but then this collection happened, and in a flash he was on to the next faster than you could say patchwork leather. at first, it seemed like all of the things. but then, as i took it in again and again, i could see forward. come fall (or sooner), i was going to need some close-to-the-body ribbed knits. and a chain belt. and maybe some metallic paisley from my eighties archives. it felt young but not in the saint laurent kind of way. the ghesquiere who made me want things i didn't know i wanted is back, and i for one am glad.

photos via style.com


the new look: gray on gray.

taking it back to a look i wore when the temperatures were a bit cooler and wearing this vest again, which was definitely my favorite topper of the "winter" months. paired with a cashmere sweater, acid wash skinnies and over-the-knee boots, it makes a great, pulled-together yet cozy look.

river island vest (sold out; similar sleeveless coats below), banana republic sweater (similar in cream and light gray for an extra 50% off), forever 21 jeans, stuart weitzman boots, alexander wang bag (love this one), linda farrow x alexander wang sunglasses, miansai and eddie borgo bracelets, alex mika and giles and brother rings, nars satin lip pencil in hyde park

photos by lydia hudgens


go/see/buy: high society at the legion of honor.

madeleine vionnet, silk crepe dress, 1935

elsa schiaparelli, rhodoid necklace with metallic painted pressed metal ornaments, 1938

from left: yves saint laurent for the house of dior printed silk dress, 1958; cristobal balenciaga silk crepe dress, 1957; gabrielle chanel silk chiffon and silk crepe dress, 1965

from left: norman norell organdy top and beaded silk jersey pant, 1970; mainbocher sari brocaded with gold metallic leaf and paisley, 1950; geoffrey beene silk dress, 1965

charles james, clover leaf gown, silk faille, silk shantung, and silk lace with silk faille backing, 1953

last thursday, i had the pleasure of attending the press preview of san francisco's latest fashion exhibition, high style: the brooklyn museum costume collection. the show covers fashion from the early 1900's through the 1980's with over 60 costumes, 30 accessories, sketches, and more, and highlights designers that have made a tremendous impact on costume design. this includes europeans like gabrielle chanel, jeanne lanvin, elsa schiaparelli, and cristobal balenciaga, and their american counterparts like bonnie cashin, normal norell, claire mccardell, and of course, charles james (who was just the subject of his own retrospective at the met museum's costume institute).

at the preview, we got to hear the history of the costumes and how they came to be part of the collections at brooklyn museum costume collection and the met's costume institute. many of pieces are donated from women of high society both in san francisco and beyond, such as millicent rogers, nan kempner, dodie rosekrans and others, and then the teams of curators and preservationists that catalog and clean the designs, and make sure they are available to view for years to come. some of the items in the exhibit, like the schiaparelli "bug" necklace, are so rare that only one or two exist in the world.

the exhibit is also set up in an interesting way; most of the works are presented "in the round," so you can see the costumes from all sides and better see some of the detail work. the pieces from charles james aren't presented on mannequins but on forms, to better show how he used his background in engineering, architecture, and sculpture to create his designs.

if you're a lover of fashion and fashion history, definitely make a plan to check out this show, which will be at the legion of honor until mid-july.

"high style: the brooklyn museum costume collection" at the legion of honor now through july 19 / separate tickets required

all photos by kim mitchell stokes


the new look: tipped and dyed.

i've posted pics from maiden lane before; i love that it's a little bit of paris or the west village in san francisco. it's home to high end shops like christian louboutin, alexander mcqueen, marc jacobs, and chanel but there's another gem in this two block street. the building i'm standing in front of is the v.c. gift shop, built in 1948 by frank lloyd wright. the interior has a circular ramp, and he used the building as a prototype for the guggenheim musuem that he started working on in 1943 and completed in 1959. the current owners of the space, xanadu gallery, restored the building to lloyd wright's specifications, so it's a treat to be able to pop in and experience not only the art, but the architecture. if you're ever in sf, i recommend checking it out.

j.crew jacket, banana republic tank, proenza schouler skirt (love this and this), jil sander shoes, marc jacobs bag, linda farrow x alexander wang sunglasses, forever 21 earrings, henri bendel and earthy chic rings, nars satin lip pencil in hyde park

photos by alex drysdale


the new look: taken from the boys.

sometimes the best pieces are found in men's sections, like this and this and this (oh and this). they are perfectly oversized without the proportions being off—i usually look for things in a small; for shirts, seeing slim fit on the label is a plus because the fit will still be closer to your body. with this sweater, however, i was purposely looking for something slouchy to wear over skinnier pants, so i got this uniqlo extra fine merino sweater in a large. little did i know that i was going to become my favorite sweater, one that i reach for again and again. now i'm thinking of getting a cotton cashmere one for the warmer months (or warm in the san francisco sense)...

vintage jacket, uniqlo men's sweater c/o (similar in cotton cashmere), gap pants, balenciaga pumps, chanel bag, linda farrow x alexander wang sunglassesalex mika and giles and brother rings, michael kors watch, miansai bracelet

photos by lydia hudgens


fall/winter 2015 paris: ellery.

i first discovered ellery during the shows last september, when kym ellery sent out a stunning collection of floaty silks and interesting proportions. well she's up to the same for fall, making me wish i was about six inches taller to wear some of the belled bottom pants and shin grazing coats. i'd also really love the cropped jackets with oversized flap pockets, metallic fringe tube top, and that single drop earring—ceramic disks handmade my ellery's mother. the collection felt mature but not matronly, which as a woman of a certain age (i have to remind myself) is a good thing.

photos via style.com