Good News/Bad News: RRL & Co.

15/08/2013 § 1 Comment

RRL & Co serape shawl collar cardiganThe good news: this cardigan is amazing
The bad news: it’s going to set you back 7 bills*

This sweater is kind of like that really hot guy who’s always got a girlfriend — just mercilessly flirts with me whenever I walk by the RRL & Co flagship on West Broadway.  Completely shameless.  But I know he’s all talk, at least until I decide to put my money where my mouth is.  I suppose a little banter never hurt anyone.

If you’re ready to pull the trigger, you can find that amazing sweater here.  All I ask is that if you do make it yours, please don’t tell me.  Or get me one too.  Both would work, but of course I prefer the latter.  Everyone wins!

*Do people still say “bills” when referring to $100 or did I just date myself?

Thanks, Ralph.

27/03/2013 § 2 Comments

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Double RL & Co. for women has finally arrived, and I am a very happy girl.  Amazingly, this beaut of a lookbook manages to serve merely as icing on the cake that is the S/S 2013 collection, full of western shirts, 40s-era day dresses, and a boyfriend jean that I desperately need in my life.

Thanks, Ralph.  This almost makes up for killing off Rugby and some rather lackluster Collections since F/W 2012.  Almost.  I mean, you are trying to sell me this as an actual accessory.

Ralph Lauren at Downton Abbey

19/12/2012 § 1 Comment

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A private showing of Ralph Lauren Collection Fall/Winter 2012 at Highclere Castle, the real-life stand in for Downton Abbey?  Evidently my invitation was lost in the mail, but at least we have these gorgeous photos taken by Chris Allerton to comfort ourselves with.

Images via Ralph Lauren.

Happy Mother’s Day

12/05/2012 § 4 Comments

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mothers out there,
and especially to my own fabulous mom.

Also, if you’d fancy reading a post I did for the Rugby Ralph Lauren Style
about three style lessons I learned from my mom, you can find it here.

QC Prêt-à-Porter || Uptown Downtown

27/04/2012 § 4 Comments

Ralph Lauren Black Label Halia silk dress
One gorgeous dress, two ways:

For uptown haunts (at left)…
Callula Lillibelle tuxedo jacket

Kenneth Jay Lane chain necklace
Alexander McQueen Degrade python/pearl clutch

Gucci ostrich peep-toe pumps

…and downtown hideaways (at right).
Vivienne Westwood Anglomania jacket

Day Birger et Mikkelsen cuffs

Acne suede clutch

Alexander McQueen skull slippers

This cultured weekend includes a sojourn way, way uptown to catch La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera (details here) and attempting to rush the Tribeca Film Festival (details here) way, way downtown.

I pledge to rely mainly on the subway and only cab in moments of desperation, but I can probably guess “desperation” will be loosely construed, indeed.

In honor of my uptown/downtown weekend, two outfits built around one amazing Ralph Lauren dress, that can take you from Lincoln Center to Battery Park, and all points in between.  And even to the other four buroughs, too.

Next week we’ll have a proper catch up on my trip to Los Angeles.
Have a lovely weekend!
xoxo. M.

Fetch My Walking Stick… {Ralph Lauren Collection Fall/Winter 2012}

16/02/2012 § 8 Comments

So.  He opened the show with the Downton Abbey theme song.
Mr. Lauren, can you please exit my brain?

Just kidding!  Stay as long as you like.  Forever, even.

Please prepare yourself for a mammoth montage of photos from the Ralph Lauren Fall/Winter 2012 show.  The full looks are amazing — two movements here really: first,  classic English countryside, tailored, outrageously layered patterns and a stroke of ocelot genius; and second, a glamorous art deco, jewel-toned luxury that echoes his recent home collection  — but you can scoot off to plenty of other places on the internets for that.  Here, I’d like to draw your attention to some detail shots by Mr. Marcio Madeira, my favorite runway photographer.  The inspiration abounds.

Long story short, I love the collection.  But I’m sure you knew that already.

Someone fetch my walking stick.

Oh my.

One more time for good measure…

All photos by Marcio Madeira for First Look/Vogue.  For all the looks, head here.

Earlier: Ralph Lauren Collection Spring/Summer 2012

Rabbit Hole: Yasmin Le Bon for Ralph Lauren Fall 1985

03/01/2012 § 1 Comment

I know this campaign is nearly 30 years old and all, but can someone please invent a time machine and bring me back every single thing Yasmin Le Bon is wearing in these photos from the 1985 Ralph Lauren fall campaign?  The pleated stirrup pant, the paisley scarf and the herringbone duster are the most urgently needed items, if you have to prioritize.  Many thanks.

All images via the Style Registry.

Study: Deco State of Mind

11/11/2011 § 2 Comments

Ralph Lauren Home Fall 2011: One Fifth Collection

I found myself in an Art Deco sort of mood this week.  While sometimes a bit too glamourpuss for my taste, Art Deco’s simultaneous obsessions with luxury, eclecticism and aerodynamic lines are always alluring to me.  I’m just not confident I could live completely surrounded by it.  This notion was seriously challenged when I happened upon the Fall 2011 One Fifth Collection by Ralph Lauren Home.

All images via Ralph Lauren Home.

A new look indeed from Ralph Lauren Home.  I expected duck decoys, plaid and burnished leather (nothing wrong with that, mind you!), but I received a dramatic pairing of black and gold, chevron patterns and sleek piles of velvet and fur.  However, I suppose this departure from de rigueur should have come as no surprise once you reflect upon Mr. Lauren’s glorious Spring 2012 collection.  Interestingly though, where Collection Spring 2012 was weightless shimmers and light, Home Fall 2011 is solidly, albeit luxuriously, grounded — jewel-box deco.

If you’d like to peruse the One Fifth collection, head here.

The Great Gatsby at the Washington Ballet.

It seems Mr. Lauren and I are not the only ones with the 1920s on the brain.  This last weekend the Washington Ballet revived Septime Webre’s production of The Great Gatsby, an original ballet based on the Fitzgerald novel set to live 1920s jazz, for a short run.  Looking at the production stills, I kick myself for not hearing about this sooner and making my way down to DC to see it.  I’m hopeful they’ll bring it back in short order.

Doesn’t this look great?!?  So jealous.

All images via Washington Post.

I’ve decided the best way to comfort myself for missing out on the ballet, is to head over to the Brooklyn Museum to catch the new exhibit Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties.  Featuring 140 works by artists including Aaron Douglas, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, Alfred Stieglitz, and Edward Weston, the exhibit examines how American artists represented the Jazz Age.  I’m going this weekend, but if you happen to attend on the evening of 17 November, there is a free live jazz performance.  Find more details here.

Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, New York 11238-6052

The  Chrysler Building.  Classic New York Deco.

Rabbit Hole: Vintage Ralph Lauren

06/10/2011 § Leave a comment

You might hate me after this.

…but I just happened upon The Style Registry’s treasure trove of classic Ralph Lauren campaigns, and I couldn’t resist.  Could you really expect me to?  So much inspiration.  If you hate Americana, ladies in ties, boats and/or classic supermodels, it would probably be best to just skip along to the next post.  I’d also question our friendship, but I am very open-minded.  For your perusal, a few classic RL images — many shot by Bruce Weber — dating from 1981 through 1997.

Oh. My. God.

Shades of Out of Africa.  It’s almost too much.

All images via The Style Registry.

Wants: Navy Blazer x Gold Buttons

21/09/2011 § 6 Comments

You’re probably already well aware of my preppyish tomboyish inclinations.  I’ve never met a monogram or a penny loafer that I didn’t like, but as I survey my fall wardrobe, I have a glaring omission that you will probably be surprised to learn.  Every time fall rolls around, I say to myself (and whoever might be listening), “Man, I really need a navy blazer with gold buttons”…and then nothing happens.  Every year.  I’m not sure why.  An iconic prep staple, if ever there was one, the navy blazer will figure largely for me this fall.  It must be wool, it must have gold buttons, but I’m flexible on whether it is double or single breasted.

I’ve collected a few candidates on my Svpply.  Which one do you prefer?

J. Crew Schoolboy blazer $188
Cheapest option, but a bit too much on the shrunken side.

Rugby Little Boy Polo Jacket $298
Really like the contrast collar, but I’m not a collar-popper.
Are those cuff buttons functional?

Ralph Lauren Blue Label Classic Blazer $398
Generally like, especially the lapels, but will I tire of the crest?

Brooks Brothers Classic Blazer $398
Oh Brooks Brothers, take me to Yawnsville.
I am a fan of Loro Piana wool, though…

Ralph Lauren Blue Label Polo Custom Blazer $598
Liking these lapels and this crest less than the other RL blazer.

Brooks Brothers Black Fleece Shetland Jacket $650
Uff!! Thom Browne, you are so so good.
Love the additional pocket.

Boy. by Band of Outsiders cropped blazer $1,110
Hate the way they styled this.
Very much like how it manages to be double-breasted and not too boxy.

Boy. by Band of Outsiders blazer $1,125
Perfection.  Well, except for the price tag.

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