October 18, 2018

I was saddened to hear that Mario Buatta, interior decorator extraordinaire, has passed. Buatta was one of the most renowned decorators in the US, and a master of color and prints. Known as the “Prince of Chintz”, he championed the English Country style of decoration i...

June 12, 2018

Jeanne Toussaint is as iconic as the 'Panthere de Cartier' emblem itself. Muse of Louis Cartier and Artistic Director of Haute Joaillerie for the Maison from 1933-1970, they called her 'The Panther' as she was known for her fearless, whimsical sense of style, for her w...

May 16, 2018

With the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle only a few days away, I find myself particularly looking forward to see what the Duchess of Cambridge will be wearing. She always looks so elegant and refined, whether she's meeting with heads-of-state or working...

July 20, 2017

Back in 2015,  the Maryland Historical Society hosted Carol Elkins, Senior Vice-President and Specialist in the jewelry department of Sotheby's NY, for a lecture on the Duchess of Windsor and her famous jewels. I was lucky enough to attend, where I also had the opportu...

June 27, 2017

It is a magical feeling to hold a tangible part of history in your hands; a one-of-a-kind piece with a unique story behind it, a snapshot of a moment in time. Over the years I've become somewhat of a collector of vintage clothing and historical objects, pieces which br...

May 27, 2017

The Duchess of Cambridge could not have looked any more elegant at Pippa Middleton's wedding to James Matthews in her bespoke blush pink dress by Alexander McQueen. The idea of coming up with a look befitting a future Queen consort that would not detract attention from...

May 4, 2017

Ever since I was little, I loved to watch the award show red carpets to see my favorite actresses in their glamorous evening-wear and amazing jewels. This was before the age of the stylist, when red carpet looks focused more on self-expression and personal style than p...

April 27, 2017

I don't often come across photos of the Duchess of Windsor that I haven't seen before, so I was particularly excited when I stumbled upon a set of rare photos of young Wallis Simpson at Bryanston Court, her London home, before the abdication. These images, which were o...

April 3, 2017

One of the best examples of effortless elegance in film is the style of Catherine Banning - Rene Russo's character in "The Thomas Crowne Affair".  Her looks consist of classic styles, simple silhouettes and neutral tones, which are timeless and look as polished today a...

March 28, 2017

I must have been around 12 years old I first saw The Thomas Crowne Affair and I instantly fell in love with the elegant style of Rene Russo's character, Catherine Banning. She wore the most polished and sophisticated looks. Costume designer Kate Harrington, who has wor...

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