Friday, April 24, 2015

Friday April 24 2015 in Hong Kong

Another blue-sky day in Admiralty, Hong Kong

I did some window shopping and the Miu Miu window stopped me in my tracks - wonderfully weird with the alien-like mannequin dressed in a sweet collar, crazy skirt and perspex heeled lace-up boots.

The afternoon continued with a fashion-inspired tea set at Cafe Gray, at the Upper House hotel

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Harpers Bazaar: Joan Juliet Buck on dressing your age

some of the issues of Paris Vogue under the leadership of Joan Juliet Buck - models used to have visible pores in those days, i.e. they were sort of human

and my all time favorite issue as well with the superhumanly beautiful Brooke Shields

Joan's issues always showed Paris in the most glamorous light - here with the lovely model Beth Ruppert

If you ever read US Harper's Bazaar you are undoubtedly familiar with their Fabulous At Every Age features. They often seem to be a vehicle to appease advertisers, put together half-heartedly by someone is not likely even 22. But still, I like that they show a lot of fun clothes and accessories which is why I want to read a fashion magazine in the first place. This month (May 2015), however, they have hit the nail on the head with regard to dressing and aging. In Coming of Age Joan Juliet Buck, formerly editor-in-chief of Paris Vogue, talks about her own Hall of Fame style and what has had to change now that she is older.

GREAT STYLE IS TIMELESS - UNTIL IT ISN'T  is the stoically accurate opening line of Joan's essay which continues with a personal list of aging no-no's:  necklaces, black jackets, shoulder pads, any earrings, printed scarves, red lipstick, smoky sexy eye make-up, visibly uncomfortable high heels. She has also put away her amber bead necklace:  my amber beads from pre-perestroika Moscow, which used to be a river of golden light, make me look like I teach poetry part-time while attempting a second career in hand-thrown pots. If you haven't got the issue, make sure you get it - it's a good one.

On Wednesday night I attended a trend talk by Noni Ware, a fashionable friend with many years of experience working for British magazines, and her take on dressing one's age was enlightening. She says women should force themselves to try new shapes and styles, not necessarily to keep up with trends but to stay informed, and not give up on new ideas in fashion, one of the great joys of our lives. I loved her advice because the worst thing for a woman over 40 is to resort to classics only - tie an Hermès scarf around your neck and you will soon qualify for a senior citizen's discount wherever you go. For more advice from Noni or for a personal shopping consultation, go to her website or contact her HERE.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

JDCamicetta welcomes the lovely Amanda to Hong Kong this weekend

Named after our whip-smart lawyer friend with legs longer than Claudia Schiffer - I have thrown on a JDCamicetta Amanda shirtdress this morning. With Céline sandals. 
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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Reading Porter magazine this morning

and totally mesmerized by this beautiful photo of Lauren Hutton in a khaki jacket

Friday, April 17, 2015

How to change your interior when everything you own is colorful?

This room is never going to be neutral

I suppose a bit of silver polish would be a good start

The white light from the window is not a filter or a trick - it is genuine authentic Peak fog

Sorry I do not have any answers to the question in the title. I am really asking. I have mostly very colorful art, and two purple chairs as well. I suppose I could change the flowers and the pillows, and possibly recover the purple chairs. Just feeling like I need a change but I live in a rental house so I am stuck with the floors and walls. Any advice?

Dreaming of Valentino with a broken Amex card

I have loved and loved Rockstuds all over this blog (until the cows came home) and I thought at one point I would never love any accessories better ever. And then the lovely Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli came up with this gorgeous printed leather.  S W O O N .
Not likely I will be buying any of it soon because my Amex is not working. I mentioned it once to my husband, then it didn't work again, but I thought if I keep asking he may investigate why it's not working and that is not ideal either...
God, I just sounded like a 1950s housewife. Then again, I sometimes wonder how far we have really honestly come since those days. As long as women are the ones having the babies...
Feel free to send me angry comments if you like. That would be far preferable to the Ukrainian spam robots that have been hitting my site with a vengeance.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Another trip to Uniqlo - check out their +J collection

Chloé bag (old)
Zara skirt (or shall I call it vintage?)
Uniqlo +J shirt (in stores now)
Sandra d'Auriol necklace (old)
Isabel Marant sandals (2 years old)

After my last trip to Uniqlo I googled Inès de la Fressange to find pictures of the entire collection she did with the Japanese company. I came across a video in which Inès says white shirts are a tiny beet boriing, and we are better off buying a light blue shirt instead. I thought, yes maybe she is right. Anyway, I went back to Uniqlo again yesterday to have another look at Inès' clothes (sans husband and kids this time) and they are basically all gone - barely anything left really. All I can say is I hope she does another collection for Fall, because what I saw I loved. Taking over part of her racks were white, black and navy shirts from Uniqlo's +J collection, and the white shirts, well, they weren't so boring actually. Before last week I had not been at Uniqlo in years - now I will probably be back there every other day.