Between-Season Dressing: Isabel Marant Embroidered Jeans

A favorite pair of jeans from spring and summer—Isabel Marant cream jeans embroidered with butterflies and flowers—layered with linen jacket, textured cotton blouse, Hermès Jamdhani stole, and Roger Vivier bronze flats

A favorite pair of jeans from spring and summer—Isabel Marant ecru jeans embroidered with butterflies and flowers—layered with linen jacket, textured cotton blouse, Hermès Jamdhani stole, and Roger Vivier bronze flats

I have a theory:

All of our favorite wardrobe pieces most likely work together.

I’m not saying the result isn’t crazy sometimes, but I’m hoping all our wardrobe favorites add up to something beyond safe anyway.

This theory came up for me as I confronted the closet this week.  In-between season dressing is tough.  As the weather transitions from hot to cooler, I often stand in front of the closet with a big blank for what to wear.  Maybe it’s that classic symptom of having not shopped strategically enough.  This summer brought stunning, fun, and versatile pieces into my wardrobe, but I never found the time to just sit and figure out how it all works together.  But the other reason is just as true, and maybe more so: When I’m working so hard, it’s nice to grab a combination of pieces I know works.  Less energy spent on dressing = more energy to spend on editing and business.

As the weather shifts, some much-missed clothing staples return to the closet, like the shearling fur gilet and jacket.  But I’m not ready to give up on my summer favorites, especially when mountains of work kept me inside for most of those warm days.  I didn’t get to wear out my new treasures!  Yesterday I decided to make this week all about the last hurrah—i.e., pulling out my absolute favorite clothes from this summer and giving them one last go before packing them away.

First up are the Isabel Marant ecru skinny jeans embroidered with butterflies and flowers.  Sigh.  How I love these.  Only Isabel can make embroidered flowers and butterflies feel cool.  But it was cool yesterday as I worked with all the windows open, so I needed the jeans to work with the falling temps.

I pulled out other absolutely favorite pieces: the ivory/gold Jamdhani, the Roger Vivier bronze flats, and the Baccarat gold scarabee necklace.  I also pulled out a soft, textured cotton top (H&M Consciousness collection) that didn’t see much action once temperatures rose (it’s thick fabric).  Last, I pulled over it all a long linen jacket from Eileen Fisher that I recently got to replace a much-missed cotton jacket from India.  I literally wore the Jaipuri jacket out, and the holes and stains were not attractive.  It took three years to replace, but this replacement is perfect.

All in all, this combo was a delight to nest in while working through an early autumn day.

Closer look at the textures—this is all about the feel of the different fabrics, set against the crispness of a crystal necklace

Closer look at the textures—this is all about the feel of the different fabrics, set against the crispness of a crystal necklace

The two embroideries together—Hermès Jamdhani and Isabel Marant flowers

The two embroideries together—Hermès Jamdhani and Isabel Marant flowers

The play of the gold in the scarf with the gold in the necklace . . .

The play of the gold in the scarf with the gold in the necklace . . .

But then the experiment got me to thinking.  Is it possible to push the embroidered jeans further into autumn?  In other words, is it possible to take a spring garment and just keep wearing it until the bitter winds hit?

Well, let’s see.  For the fifteen minutes of sunlight I get in the apartment right now, I first replaced the top with an Uniqlo black cashmere tee.  Yum.  Now that creates a soft nest of cloth . . .

A simple change . . . pulling on a black cashmere tee in preparation for autumn

A simple change . . . pulling on a black cashmere tee in preparation for autumn

So that seems like a good start.  But that long white Jamdhani . . . that feels spring/summer or “special occasion in winter” to me.  How about a different scarf?

I pulled out the new vert tilleul Marwari dip dye.  My first thought: the salmon of the scarf could echo the blush of the embroidered flowers.  My second thought: the unique green of the scarf evoked the fading green of summer and could maybe bring out the bronze of the ballet flats and my hair.  It’s an odd combination, but sometimes odd makes an outfit a little more interesting.

Replacing the cream and gold Jamdhani with the vert tilleul Marwari dip dye—it pulls out the salmon pink of the jean embroidery

Replacing the cream and gold Jamdhani with the vert tilleul Marwari dip dye—it pulls out the salmon pink of the jean embroidery—and the dip dye and the bronze ballerinas are a match made in heaven

Such soft textures all around

Such soft textures all around

A final touch: layering on the shearling Mongolian Princess jacket in place of the long, linen duster . . .

This is an outfit I would throw on for taking tea and pastries with friends during a final sidewalk-sitting-cafe visit.

Pulling on my favorite shearling Mongolian Princess jacket

Pulling on my favorite shearling Mongolian Princess jacket

That experiment was so fun, I decided to try another real quick.  What about something for visiting Chelsea or Upper East Side art galleries?

Well, if avant-garde art is on the agenda, then avant-garde Japanese pieces seem fitting.  One of the delights of my summer spending has been tentative steps into Issey Miyake Pleats Please.  I’ve been testing these out for years and years (Issey Miyake was the focus of a chapter of my Master’s Thesis), but I’ve never had the courage to take the plunge.  Here’s one of the initial pieces that entrapped me:

But what about something more avant garde?  Like Issey Miyake and the graphic play of Hermès Kachinas

But what about something more avant garde? Like Issey Miyake and the graphic play of Hermès Kachinas

After changing out the bronze flats for simple black ballerinas, I changed out the dip dye for the ebene/soeil/corail Kachinas Maxi Twilly recently found at Wall Street.  Yes, this is the same as shown beautifully on MaiTai—It’s been on my must-get Maxi Twilly list for a while, but after she posted it, I knew I couldn’t delay any longer since she sometimes causes stampedes to the scarf counter.  I adore the Maxi Twilly format.  It feel effortless to wear.  I did a simple wrap here, folding carefully to get more of the playful Kachinas.  The goal was to use the scarf to echo both the graphic quality of the top and the playfulness of the embroidered jeans.

The final adjustment was made to incorporate a warm layer for chilly afternoon breezes: I wrapped the scarf tighter around the neck (tying in the back) and slipped on the shearling jacket.

Wrap the Kachinas Maxi Twilly tighter around the neck and pull on the Princess Jacket

Wrap the Kachinas Maxi Twilly tighter around the neck and pull on the Princess Jacket

But, I asked, can all this be made simpler and very casual.  What about weekend walks through some woods and leaves?  My answer: replace the black tops with an olive tee-shirt and the black shearling jacket with a stone-colored cotton safari jacket.

But what about something lighter for fall?  An olive tee-shirt and stone cotton safari jacket with black 70cm vintage scarf

Something lighter for fall: an olive tee-shirt and stone cotton safari jacket with black 70cm vintage scarf

This is soft and casual and makes me want to romp in some leaves.

This is soft and casual and makes me want to romp in some leaves.

At first, I pulled on a black 70cm vintage scarf to keep the neck warm, but that felt too cold for me.  I wanted something brighter, more playful and evocative of a personality beyond neutrals.

The answer: the grenadine Marwari dip dye.

Yes, I’m loving these dip dye scarves, even at just 90cm.

Replace the black scarf with the grenadine Marwari dip dye and the tone shifts dramatically.  It both edgier and a lot more fun.  But then, I think everything is better in red.

Replace the black scarf with the grenadine Marwari dip dye and the tone shifts dramatically.  Edgier.  But then, I think everything is better in red.

So that was my few minutes of experimentation.  I documented it initially just to save some ideas on my computer for when I feel in a rut.  Then I thought it might be fun to share some of my thinking process when standing in front of my closet.

What favorite summer piece are you wanting to extend into autumn?  How would you do it?

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Vert Tilleul Marwari

Hermès dip dye Marwari silk scarf in tilleul/salmon/viell or

Hermès dip dye Marwari silk scarf in tilleul/salmon/viell or

Vert Tilleul Marwari in full glory

Vert Tilleul Marwari in full glory

Dear readers,

This Hermès scarf season just keeps on giving.

I’m rather careful with scarf choices—I go months without making one, and it often takes a season or three before I’ll succumb to a design.  But this season, I can’t seem to leave my apartment without returning with an orange box in hand.

The newest is completely the fault of my SA.  I was called.  As in, He got a new Marwari in and he called me. How civil and lovely is that?  I had no idea what it would look like, but I was willing to have a look once he said green.  I mean, Why not?  It’s not like green is this big temptation in my life.

The evening was made all the lovelier because the Glamazon ended up coming into town for a long weekend holiday.  We met up at the Oyster Bar in Grand Central, then subway-ed it down to Wall Street.  When the SA pulled out the scarf, I honestly didn’t know what to say.  I was thinking green.  Like Irish green.  This green . . . it’s unlike anything I’ve seen from Hermès—and likely from anywhere else.  What is this green?  They call it Vert Tilleul, Linden Green.  I thought for sure it wouldn’t do anything for my skin tone until I put it on.  I was DE-lighted!  The perfect framing neutral.

This is such a gentle, airy color—and yet holds it own against a stronger fun color like peach coral.  I’ve only started to play with the possibilities, but this is certainly a scarf that can be worn across the seasons.

I knew the dip dyes would tempt me this year given the Marwari design, yet I wasn’t prepared for how much I adore them.  In addition to the grenadine and vert tilleul, I’ve tried on the pink/rose, and while it’s lovely, I’m waiting to see the perle gris and the bleu in real life.  There’s also a menthe with bordeaux, and while I’d immediately dismiss menthe for me, I’m learning to trust Hermès.  They have new color tricks up their sleeves this season, so it’s best to wait to see.

Thankfully Autumn has officially arrived.  Scarf-wearing season begins in earnest soon, and this autumn’s sartorial choices are going to herald the scarf day-in and day-out.

So what does this linden green/vert tilleul evoke for you?

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Hortensias

Hortensias, Central Park

Hortensias, Central Park

Hortensias, Central Park

Hortensias, Central Park

A Last Flash of Summer . . .

I took these photographs early in summer during a walk in central park.  Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers—they have been for twenty years.  I would they could stay fresh and white and fluffy all year long.

Bye, bye summer . . . till next year . . .

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Grenadine Marwari

Hermès Marwari Dip Dye 90cm in Grenadine/Corail/Rouge

Hermès Marwari Dip Dye 90cm in Grenadine/Corail/Rouge

Hermès Marwari Dip Dye 90cm in Grenadine/Corail/Rouge

Hermès Marwari Dip Dye 90cm in Grenadine/Corail/Rouge

Hermès Marwari Dip Dye 90cm in Grenadine/Corail/Rouge

Hermès Marwari Dip Dye 90cm in Grenadine/Corail/Rouge

I told you.  La Danse du Cheval Marwari is my favorite Hermès scarf design.

Last Friday, the Glamazon came down to the city, and we arranged to meet at Wall Street.

Let me clue you on to a little secret:

Wall Street Hermès is everything they say.

Warm, engaging, fun.

Each visit to Wall Street with the Glamazon is an hour or more of scarf play time—thanks, of course, to a truly fabulous sales associate with the best eye for color and design this side of the Atlantic.  He puts both of us in scarves we would never consider—and they are amazing.

This one, though—this one I’ve been on the look out for for weeks.  The red dip dye Marwari.  You can find it online, but as often is the case, the online photograph is nothing like the scarf itself.  When the sale associate unfolded it, the Glamazon and I gasped.

I’ve never seen a red like this at Hermès—it’s called grenadine.  It’s a true cross between corail and rouge (rouge being one of my favorite H reds for scarves, as it’s very clear and neutral).  It’s so rich, and in the dip dye, the silk almost shimmers.  The scarf itself positively glows.

I grabbed it right away.  I didn’t even have to try it on, as I’ve been falling deeply for the coral colors this past year, including with lipstick.  But of course I threw it on with delight.  The Glamazon also tried it—and it was perfect with her cool porcelain skin and red hair, so I believe this scarf will compliment a range of skin tones and hair colors.

So yes—I’ve returned to the 90cm scarves.  I’ve returned to the fold.  The supreme softness of dip dyes doesn’t hurt, either.  I put it on to relax at home on the weekend, just airy silk, airy cotton, and me.  Who needs jewelry and all that fluff?

Hermès Marwari Dip Dye 90cm in Grenadine/Corail/Rouge

Hermès Marwari Dip Dye 90cm in Grenadine/Corail/Rouge

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Parade de Leonhardi FW2014

Hermès Parade de Leonhardi 70cm Carré Vintage FW2014

Hermès Parade de Leonhardi 70cm Carré Vintage FW2014

Hermès Parade de Leonhardi 70cm Carré Vintage FW2014

Hermès Parade de Leonhardi 70cm Carré Vintage FW2014

Hermès Parade de Leonhardi 70cm Carré Vintage FW2014

Hermès Parade de Leonhardi 70cm Carré Vintage FW2014

Hermès Parade de Leonhardi 70cm Carré Vintage FW2014

Hermès Parade de Leonhardi 70cm Carré Vintage FW2014

I’ve said it before, and I’ll happily keep saying it—the Fall/Winter 2014 Hermès scarf collection is the best in years.  I keep falling in love.

My love for the Marwari design knows no bounds, but other designs captivate also.  As soon as the images started appearing a few months ago, one 70cm vintage carré design in particular stood out: Parade de Leonhardi by Sylvia Kerr.  I saved the various online images in my computer file for scarves to watch out for, as well as sent them to a very special Bergdorf’s associate.

The scarf comes in a number of luscious colorations, but this one made me clap in delight: Noir/Beige/Violet.  In addition to the striking violet border, the interior sports a surprising brique red.  And the black and white chess-board pattern … Long before it arrived in the boutiques, I would show it to fellow H lovers and called it the perfect scarf.  And it is.  An astonishing combination of cool and warm colors plus the black and white—this scarf goes with pretty much everything in my closet.

I adore the 70cm format.  It’s soft, and the end hits just the right spot when I tie it in a simple knot.  Not too long, not too short—just right.  I feel jaunty in it, which can be hard to do with a super bourgeois silk scarf.

How is the new FW2014 scarf collection from Hermès hitting you?

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