By Michelle Crowe
Interior Designer Kelly Wearstler is a master of ageless cool.
May is my birthday month and with a recent Marie Kondo-ing of my closet, I’m re-evaluating what works in 2019.
I’ve long been fascinated by what in lives we establish a lifelong affinity for and what fades away. It’s been especially fraught as my trips around the sun add up and I wonder if go-tos that once made me feel sophisticated and chic now might just possibly flirt ever so slightly with dowdy?
Goodness, I hope not, but the pile of pieces to part with was rather alarming. What makes the cut now?
Lauren Hutton photographed by Jim McHugh in 1975. A great blouse always works.
The swish of silk, the crisp feel of cotton, the romantic crinkle of linen. A blouse or tunic ticks off so many boxes for days that include video conferences, in-person meetings and a bit of mom life. Designer Lela Rose has spoken about dressing “above the table” and I find when you’re seen on screen, at a conference table or in the driver’s seat, a pretty blouse makes a lady look like she’s got it all together.
Elle Macpherson is denim perfection.
Athleisure remains a slight mystery. I can never quite get it right. Jeans keep me on the straight and narrow, look good with a beloved blouse or sweater and travel well. No rips, please.
Amber Valletta channels the late Princess Diana for Porter magazine, photographed by Sebastian Faena.
Regular readers know that we love a bright double-faced wool, a bit of embroidery or contrast piping. The only items I regret parting with in the past ten years are outerwear. In particular an Isaac Mizrahi swing coat that was straight out of an Audrey Hepburn movie and a pale blue silk shantung that Edith Head might as well have designed for Tippi Hedren.
Sandra Choi, creative director of Jimmy Choo, photographed for a talk at the Victoria & Albert.
Shoes with a Point
Though they come and they go, I remain loyal to single sole skinny heels. These days they are a little lower and not worn for as many hours, but I remain devoted to classic pumps.