New Length

Shirt dress 
Shirt dress for fall? I’m in! Especially when it comes in army green and in a new length that turns out to be a game changer, as the look gains some extra interest and sartorial points, and becomes fully appropriate for early autumn. Heels are a must… although that might require a little getting used to it, as I don’t even want to count the months since I last wore a pair of high-heeled shoes.
Shirt dress

photos: Serena & Lily

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First of Autumn

First of autumn
We spent most of August away, escaping the city heat and soaking up every bit of summer left. I like to refer to it as my baby boy’s first summer holiday and he absolutely loved it. Autumn is here now, although it looks like we’re in for an Indian summer. Its usual more structured and paced-up schedule may be one of the new season’s best parts, but it just happens that fall is my favourite time of year for travelling, too, so we have a couple of trips in mind. Here are a few other things I am currently enjoying or looking forward to this autumn.

Reading (or better said, trying to) right now: What Ever Happened to Orson Welles?: A Portrait of an Independent Career and re-reading Jack Kerouac’s On the Road (in fact, I am not sure I read it completely the first time around, about fifteen years ago).

It’s true, I’m mostly listening to white noise these days, but my brother has recommended to me Marvin Gaye’s album What’s Going On and I can’t wait to give it a go. I am also excited for Morrissey’s concert next month.

I miss going to the cinema on a regular basis, but I am perfectly fine with re-watching my favourite Hitchcock movies (there are about 10, no kidding) whenever I can (usually stretched out on several days). They work like a charm to unwind me every single time. But there are a few releases I wouldn’t like to miss, like Everest, starring Jake Gyllenhaal (I do love the mountain and I would love to see the subject approached more often in films – Touching the Void is still vivid in my mind), Alejandro González Iñárritu’s the Revenant, with Leonardo DiCaprio in the leading role, and the new Bond film, naturally. And, of course, it’s time for season five of Homeland.

It’s fashion month, but I find myself more interested in leafing through books like Havana Street Style or be inspired by this Fall essentials video than in viewing the runway shows. I haven’t read Vogue magazines, or any kind of fashion magazines as a matter of fact, except for Porter, in months, so there you have it. “Give me something I can use”, a friend was recently commenting on the subject. I can’t argue about that.

In line with the previous paragraph, do take five minutes if you will and read designer Jesse Kamm’s laid-back approach to life. The best piece on style and lifestyle I’ve read lately.

It’s the beginning of September, so, yes, I am keeping an eye on the US Open, too, at the moment.

photo by me

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The Place Beyond the Pines

The place beyond the pines

The place beyond the pines 
There are great performances in The Place Beyond the Pines, but Ryan Gosling truly owns his. He is Luke, a motorcycle stunt rider turned bank robber to be able to provide for his infant son. He has that drive and self-unawareness required to completely immerse oneself into a character and be identified with it. And those clothes he wears (including ripped-in sleeveless t-shirts, leather trousers and a pair of skull printed pants), looking beautifully dated (the story is set in the 1990s) – they are part of what makes him so singular. He is a man out of a certain time and place, and of his own world, and he must stay that way. A startling presence. The beat-up, defiant red leather jacket reminds me of another hero outfitted in a red windbreaker. Both are iconic looks, but James Dean’s was meant to become the voice of a generation and to be copied for decades to come, while Luke’s is meant only to be noticed and remembered. It expresses well the uniqueness of the character.

Derek Cianfrance’s film is about manhood, fatherhood, class and fate, an epic with interesting narrative and daring plot turns. Music, direction, camera work, editing, they are a whole. I knew nothing about the subject before watching the film, and I am glad I didn’t. That tracking shot that opens the movie was enough to grab my attention and it felt rewarding that the film lived up to the high expectations a great beginning makes you hope for – only it’s better than that, because it takes you by surprise, and not many movies, even good ones, are capable of that.

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Come September

Fall style 
Wenger watch
The beginning of a new school year. It’s funny, I am a summer girl, but as much as I dislike letting my favourite season go, I always feel an eager anticipation for September. The new year should start in September. It makes perfect sense. After the carefree, sometimes even aimless days of summer, everything starts afresh and picks up speed in autumn. It’s when I truly feel that it’s time to turn a new leaf.

I love fall for so many reasons: the brisk mornings, the clear mountain days blue skies, the road trips. For that back to school feeling that still persists years after my school days. And for the fashion, too. So, come September, I look forward to the revival of the preppy look. The collegiate style that continues to exert great influence on what men wear, which, in turn, us women love to draw inspiration from. A crisp white button-down shirt and a corduroy skirt are indicative of the style, in a very low-key manner. A restrained elegance that doesn’t lack comfort either, in the true Ivy spirit. I would add a borrowed-from-the-boys watch for greater contrast and a rugged feel that seems eternally fresh.

photos: 1-9to5Chic / 2-by me

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Mr. Giorgio Armani and That Simple T-shirt

Giorgio Armani white t-shirt 
I have always found it intriguing how many of the fashion designers who have shaped the times we live in, when it comes to their own personal style, are committed either to an all-black look or to some sort of a uniform. Some say it’s because they don’t want their own clothes to distract them from their creative work, so they keep their outfits as incospicuous as possible. Others simply stick to what suits them best. Mr. Giorgio Armani is well known for his signature, constant, extreme minimalism: most often, a midnight-blue T-shirt, navy trousers and white sneakers. But it is the simple t-shirt, whether white, black or that favourite midnight-blue, that’s been forever part of his life and his wardrobe. And this doesn’t stop him from being one of the most stylish men today. And maybe that’s part of what makes his work life so consistent and efficient.

“I have always thought of the t-shirt as the Alpha and Omega of the fashion alphabet.”

“Confidence and a sense of humour make a man sexy.” “I feel at ease in a true work uniform: silk T-shirt, cashmere sweater, comfortable drawstring pants—always navy blue. And white sneakers. There are a lot of these pieces in my wardrobe; just like a deconstructed jacket, they’re fundamental.” Giorgio Armani
Giorgio Armani and the white t-shirt

Giorgio Armani in his atelier

Giorgio Armani and the t-shirt

photos: 1,4: / 2-Corriere della sera / 3-Los Angeles Confidential

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