Fashion SL's: Black and White with a side of Buzz

Tuesday’s chemo has caught up with me. Big time. As my trusty companion Buzz and I lounge around (because I am glued to the couch!)…

Buzz being the supportive lounger


I thought I’d get my mind off of my nausea and dream about Fashion Silver Lining’s.

Wearing scarves everyday as really made me think about what I wear. Time and time again, I go back to wearing black and white. Or all white. Or all black.

Black and white does not have to be mundane or extreme.  On the contrary.  I think that it can be quite feminine and it serves as a fabulous blank canvas to add pops of pink and green (my favorite colors).

When starting with such neutrals, it’s easy to add whimsical Hermes scarves (to a bald head) or accessorize.  Just the other day, our daughter, a/k/a Finally Five told me  that “Girls MUST accessorize”.  So, there you go.


Coco Chanel made black and white look effortless and perfectly chic



How fabulous is this vintage I.Magnin fur vest at Decades in Los Angeles?  I’m drooling over it!

I.Magnin fur at Decades


Celine Spring 2011



I happen to think that Vogue Editor Anna Wintour is incredibly chic.  We share an affinity for the same designers, e.g., Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera. She is always impeccably turned out.  I respect and appreciate her sense of personal style as well as the fact that she frequently repeats outfits.

Anna Wintour, featured in the April Wall Street Journal Magazine


I don’t know which I like more:  the hair, the outfit or the bike!  In my current state, I’d have to go with the HAIR!

Musings in Feminity.



Lyn Devon Spring 2011



Hermes Spring 2011



I’m very excited to wear this Oscar de la Renta dress!  It will be a great traveling outfit (when I FINALLY get to hit the road again!) with which to mix with a variety of options.

Oscar de la Renta Spring 2011



Manolo Blahnik Serba Heel. Love the bow!



My all-time favorite white jeans are the J.Crew Matchsticks.  I am typically not a denim jean wearer (quelle horreur, living in California); however I wear these white jeans ALL the time. I hem them above my ankle to make them capri’s.  They have the perfect amount of stretch, ideal pocket placement and last forever!

J.Crew White Matchstick Jeans



I’m equally excited to wear this gorgeous Carolina Herrera dress! It’s easy-breezy and no accessories needed (sorry Finally Five).

Carolina Herrera Spring 2011.



I love mixing color with black and white. This green Hermes Kelly Pochette is a perfect example of how a pop of color works beautifully on a black and white canvas.



I’ll never forget seeing Lee Radziwill after a Fashion Show in New York (when it was still at Bryant Park).  She stood with Andre Leon Talley (a Vogue editor who TOWERED over her, by the way) waiting for their car.  She was dressed in the skinniest of black pants with a black, leather, fur lined motorcycle jacket. So, so chic.

The Sartorialist.



Using sculptural silhouettes, impeccable craftsmanship, and to-die-for materials Ralph Rucci always makes black look new and different. He is unique because he designs all of his prints, and works closely with mills to create new fabrics and revive historically important textiles. Ralph Rucci draws inspiration from his own art, Japanese symbolism, and the work of Francis Bacon and Cy Twombly. Love. Love. Love.

Chado Ralph Rucci Spring 2011.



Last week, the de Young Museum in San Francisco opened Balenciaga and Spain, an exhibition curated by Hamish Bowles, European editor at large of Vogue. The exhibit features 120 haute couture garments, hats, and headdresses designed by Cristóbal Balenciaga (1895–1972). The exhibition illustrates Balenciaga’s references to Spanish art, bullfighting, dance, regional costume, and the pageantry of the royal court and religious ceremonies. I’m so excited to see it later this spring – when I can hit the road again!

Cristobal Balenciaga, Winter 1957.


Hermes Constance. One of my all-time favorite bags!



I loved reading Katharine Graham’s recollection of Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball (that he hosted in her honor).  She considered herself to be the “ugly duckling” among the “beautiful swans” of New York.  Her book, Personal History is a wonderfully inspirational and insightful read.

Katharine Graham and Truman Capote at the 1966 Black and White Ball


Katharine Graham, Personal History


This is my basic outfit: white cotton blouse and black pants (or white jeans). Any color added to this basic combination provides a happy, snappy Silver Lining!

The Sartorialist.

I have never known a really chic woman whose appearance was not, in large part, an outward reflection of her inner self.



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  1. Nan and Hilary Jacob says

    Balenciaga exhibit is FAB….you will love it! It's here through July.
    Thinking of you…NJ

  2. Merryl says

    Are you in MY couch glue spot?? Move over sister!!! Okay, I LOVE this post. Love it. It is so totally you in every single, fabulous, gorgeous, chic and understatedly sophisticated way. Where the hell do you get the energy to research and write when you are couch glue??? You saw me in that position and all I could muster was to ask for a glass of water! You are a rock star HFJ. Of epic proportions.

  3. says

    Hol- Feel better!!!! Our thoughts and love are with you!!!!
    Love to all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Love Always,
    Jody and the boys