The Long & Short of It…

  • 22nd April 2013

There’s nothing straight and clean-cut about hemlines this season.

 

One Shoulder Marchesa Gown in Peacock

Marion Cottiard in Asymmetric Dior Couture

 

 

 

Marchesa One Shoulder Gown, shopbop.com, $8500.00

Dior Couture, dior.com

 

 

 

Asymmetrical skirts and dresses are making waves on the red carpet and beyond….

 

Brunello Cucinelli Pleated Cutaway Skirt
Jupe Plissee Asymetrique en soie Brunello Cucinelli

Brunello Cucinelli Photo Courtesy of: L’Officiel

 

 

Brunello Cucinelli Pleated Cutaway Skirt, saksfifthavenue.com, $1045.00

 

Alice + Olivia Jasmine Gathered Tulip Dress
Fais Silk High-Low Dress BCBG

 

 

Alice + Olivia Jasmine Gathered Tulip Dress, shopbop.com, $495.00

Fais Silk High-Low Dress, bcbg.com, $338.00

 

 

Modern and graphic, long and flowy, jupe ou robe, there are a myriad of ways to master this uneven look

 

 

Viktor & Rolf One Shoulder Pleated Dress

 

1.) Acne Moa Two-Toned Skirt, mytheresa.com, € 250.00

2.) Viktor & Rolf One Shoulder Pleated Dress, shopbop.com, $3290.00

3.) Romantic Afternoon One-Shoulder Dress in Teal, shopruche.com, $45.00

4.) Balenciaga Asymmetric Ruffled Hem Skirt, Barneys.com, $1195.00

5.) Emerald Green Dip Hem Skirt, dorothyperkins.com, $27.00

 

 

Lanvin One-Shoulder Duchesse-Satin Dress

Lanvin One-Shoulder Duchesse-Satin Dress. Photo Courtesy of: InStyle

Lanvin One-Shoulder Duchesse-Satin Dress

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lanvin One-Shoulder Duchesse-Satin Dress, net-a-porter.com, $3,585.00

 

 

Look No. 32 Christian Dior

Look No. 32 Christian Dior. Photo Courtesy of: InStyle

 

 

Look No. 32, Red Draped Dress Dior Couture, dior.com

 

 

Carven Asymmetrical Safari Skirt

 

6.) Carven Asymmetric Safari Skirt, net-a-porter.com, $390.00

7.) Costume National Black and White Strapless Dress, shopbop.com, $1,835.00

8.) Maison Martin Margiela 1 Short Dress, yoox.com, $465.00

 

Last Look

 

Marion Cotillard in Dior

Marion Cotillard in Dior. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue

Emilia Clarke in Chanel Resort

Emilia Clarke in Chanel Resort. Photo Courtesy of: Marie Claire

 

 

 

 

Dehors

  • 21st April 2013

The Best Seat (out of) the House!

 

Swingrest Dedon

 

As balmy breezes blow through your backyard are you relaxed? Or, like us, thinking about how you can reinvent, restyle and rethink your pied a terre or backyard.  Here are some of the fabulous pieces we’ve encountered in our deliberate searches.  We’ll start with our favorites in seating and move on to a few choice outdoor accessories.

 

The Prime Seat

 

Swingrest Dedon

 

 

A few absolute favorites come by way of Dedon…

 

Swingrest, dedon.de

 

Leaf Daybed Dedon
Floor Rocker Dedon

 

Leaf, dedon.de

Floor Rocker, dedon.de

 

 

Bold Colors from Horchow Scream Summer

 

Navy Chinoiserie Outdoor Wing Chair
"Scoop" Side Chair

 

 

Navy Chinoiserie Outdoor Wing Chair, horchow.com, $725.00

“Scoop” Side Chair, horchow.com, $375.00

 

 

Janus et Cie Outdoors

 

 

 

Sleek Simple Lines and Natural Materials from Janus et Cie Bring Instant Zen

 

 

 

 

Yoda Lounge Chair Janus et Cie
Fibonacci Vantana Double Chaise

 

 

 

 

Yoda Lounge Chair,janusetcie.com

Fibonacci Vantana Double Chaise, janusetcie.com

 

B&B Italia Chairs in John Legend's House

 

These fabulous chairs above, were featured in Architectural Digest and are owned by musician John Legend in his Los Angeles Home.

 

B&B Italia Chairs from John Legend's Home

 

 

Armchair Crinoline, bebitalia.com

 

Luciana Bench, grandinroad.com, $299.00
Luciana Bench

 

Luciana Bench, grandinroad.com, $299.00

 

Light up the patio with these beautiful sconces

 

Hanging Pagoda Bell Lantern
Westport Sconce by Oomph

 

Hanging Pagoda Bell Lantern, charlesedwards.com, $7565.00

Westport Sconce by Oomph, oomphonline.com, $1095.00

 

Gorgeously unique accessories can really tie the exterior look together

 

Bohemian Parasols Olive & Cocoa

Antiqued Crown Bird Feeder Olive & Cocoa

 

 

Bohemian Parasols, oliveandcocoa.com, $44.00 for one, $108.00 for three

Antiqued Crown Bird Feeder, oliveandcocoa.com, $84.00

 

Zinc Wall Art Flowers Ballard Designs
Zinc Wall Art Flowers Ballard Designs

 

Zinc Flower Wall Plaque, ballarddesigns.com, $109.00

 

 

Steal this Look—Audrey in Rome

  • 20th April 2013

The much anticipated private album of rare snaps that we featured months ago, is finally out.  With the release of Audrey in Rome we absolutely must do a few ‘Steal this Look’ posts.  Where better to start, than with the front cover?

 

Audrey in Rome Cover

 

 

For a modern interpretation that’s still true to the above look we turn to two key pieces:

Lanvin Sunglasses

 

Shiny Opaline Sunglasses in Ivory, Lanvin

 

Shiny Opaline Sunglasses in Ivory, Lanvin, neimanmarcus.com, $450.00

 

Rue du Mail mod belted coat with stand-up collar

 

Rue du Mail Mod Belted Coat

 

 

 

Rue du Mail Mod Belted Coat, shopbop.com, $2,640.00

 

Pair with ballet flats and a chic updo (the vespa at your side may be harder to come by!)

 

 

De Bon Goût—In Good Taste

  • 20th April 2013

Pistachio Madeleines

These pistachio madeleines are the perfect Sunday afternoon snack.  They have a delicate nutty flavor and the clarified butter lends a light, fluffy texture. The recipe is from the LA Times and was adapted from Keswick Hall in Virginia.

 

 

Pistachio Madeleines

 

 

Total time: 45 minutes

Servings: Makes 3 1/2 dozen cookies

 

 

Pistachio Madeleines
Pistachio Madeleines

 

 

1 1/4 cups clarified butter (the butter should be firm but not hard), plus more for greasing

To make the clarified butter, heat 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter in a small saucepan over low heat; allow the butter to melt and separate, then spoon off any foam on the top and remove the pan from the heat. Gently ladle out the clear (clarified) butter, leaving the milky residue in the bottom of the pan. Refrigerate the butter until it is firm but not hard, about 2 hours.

1 1/3 cups sugar

4 eggs

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup chopped pistachios

2 cups flour

 

1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. In the bowl of a stand mixer using a paddle attachment, or in a medium bowl with a hand mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. With the mixer running, add the eggs, one at a time. Mix in the vanilla and salt, then fold in the pistachios and flour just until fully incorporated.

2. Pipe or spoon the batter into greased madeleine molds. Bake until set and light brown, about 10 minutes. Cool the cookies in the trays 10 minutes before removing from the molds.

 

Parting Words…

  • 20th April 2013

All roads indeed lead to Rome, but theirs also is a more mystical destination, some bourne of which no traveller knows the name, some city, they all seem to hint, even more eternal.
Richard Le Gallienne

 

 

BonConseil

Trending…High on Top

  • 19th April 2013

What’s filling the Italian Vogue ‘Scrapbook?’ Taking a cue from our favorite high-school footwear, high-tops are waltzing down the runways with increasing alacrity.

 

Vogue Italy Scrapbook Hightops

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Italy

 

 

And they can be found in the windows of the trendiest boutiques on Robertson Blvd. as well!

 

High Tops Monika Chiang
High Tops Monika Chiang

 

Artemys Sneaker, monikachiang.com, $385.00

 

Zippered Artyemis Sneaker Monika Chiang

 

 

Zippered Artemys Sneaker in Black, monikachiang.com, $425.00

The options are endless, but here are a few favorites:

 

Isabel Marant the Bekket High-Top Suede Sneaker

 

1.) High Sneaker, lanvin.com, $795.00

2.) Mulberry Leather and Suede High-Top Sneakers, mytheresa.com, € 550.00

3.) Isabel Marant Bekket high-top suede sneakers, net-a-porter.com, $640.00

 

 

Type Z Misty
Type Z Misty

 

Type Z Misty, zappos.com, $59.00

 

Last Look

 

Hightop and Dress

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Italy

What I Love Today…

  • 19th April 2013

This shoe has it all!  It mixes a boyish wingtip patent leather look with a sleek cat print atop the most elegant kitten heel.  It’s almost gone.  There’s 1 shoe left in the following sizes: 6.5 (36.5), 7 (37), 8  (38) and 8.5 (38.5)

 

Perfect with jeans, colorful capri pants and your best little black dress! It will work every time.

 

Dolce & Gabbana Open Toe Pump

 

Dolce&Gabbana Open Toe Pump, farfetch.com, $695.00