Hello! Today I am offering you a palette cleanser, if you will. You have been seeing me in a lot of beachwear and summer frocks from previous vacations. Today, my outfit is more seasonally appropriate, having been worn recently, and it is the ubiquitous pairing of black and grey; this year's tasteful, but done to death color combo.
Black and grey is lovely together, two deep neutrals that look well together. But it does seem that in Manhattan there is a bit of an overdose on this trend. Thankfully, I am still seeing a good deal of all black, and denim + black, the city standard for season's past. Bright colors are things for holidays it seems. ( My next post will indeed take you back to California) lest your eyes grow weary from all of the darkness.
Sorry, I seem to be suffering from Mid Season Trend Fatigue, otherwise know as MSTF, a debilitating disorder that is known to affect women in large cities who see too much of one trend, and go on to experience general malaise, and are prone to urges for travel to sunny locales. Yes, of course I am making this up as I go along, but it does not make it any less true. Where, I ask you, are my palm trees now?
I did not add insult to injury by topping another trend on top of this: that is, I am not wearing a blanket scarf or beanie! Instead, I am wearing pleather trimmed jeggings that add a bit if shine. My blouse is black, true, but I did add some nice sparkles to my coat lapel in the way of a diamond brooch. Here is another look.
Also, to add some color I did my nails in a grey shade that had purple overtones ( think Tahitian pearls, or a very deep oyster shell) I also added my seldom worn emerald ring. My booties, too, added oomph with the color blocking and metal stripe. They are by Derek Lam. Then , there is my bag.
This was purchased at Tatiana Designer Resale, located at 767 Lexington Ave, a quick hop from Bloomingdale's. It is made of wood and mother of pearl, and is made by a former Beauty Queen ( Ms. Universe) named Gionna Cabrera. Her distinctive bags are crafted from Luxe green wood in an eclectic style and made with painstaking details, and crafted to be distinctive statement pieces. My bag is light to carry, but the wood is not thin; it feels substantial and sturdy. It may be one of a kind. Anyway, I love it and it added some zest to my neutral black and grey.
I do not mean to dismiss this trend. I do love grey, every shade of it ( well maybe not all fifty of them.) And One call not call Oneself a New Yorker by dismissing the power of black, and the ease of wearing and styling it. I also am a fan of the designer of my grey coat. It is by Jil Sander, a minimalist German fashion designer, and I love the clean lines, the slightly stiff wool that feels like it will last forever, yet is enticingly soft. I am so pleased to have found it, in its tiny dimensions, at Encore on Madison Avenue, for a price that is also diminutive. Yay!
I did a google search and the only bag I could come up with by this designer is on 1stdibs.com. If you have not check outed this fabulous, and by that I mean expensive ( but wonderful) site, I suggest you do that. Here is a photo of the bag.
I am also grateful that today was in the 30's and not in the single digits. Or I would be piling on layers and trends . Instead I feel light and lean, and ready for the weekend!
How about you? Are you loving, or tiring of, the trend of black and grey. For those of you sporting a lovely camel or even a vivid color, I commend you. Have a great weekend!