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Rescue Me

In Fashion on August 27, 2011 at 2:39 pm

“Mommy, is that Diego’s Rescue Pack?” my three-year-old asked, pointing to a favorite Chloe whipstitched Marcie bag. Though it doesn’t transform into a hang glider, he might be onto something.

The Billy Bag

In Fashion on August 4, 2010 at 12:59 pm

What is this terribly chic bag, you ask? “Is it Helmet Lang?” a salesperson at Barneys desperately wanted to know. Is it from Alexander McQueen’s camo collection? guessed another.

It is not.

I’ve dubbed this totally glam piece “The Billy Bag.” This past Saturday on his last night in town, my dear friend Billy Fong brought me this beloved parting gift. Who else would think to purchase a camouflage tote for about $20 at a nearby Army Navy Surplus store and accessorize it with an Hermès twilly plucked from my closet? Thank you, Billy, for keeping the folks at Barneys guessing and for glamming up my wardrobe. You would not believe how many complements I’ve gotten on my new Billy Bag—the elusive must-have accessory for fall!

Postcards from Billy: High School Reunion Edition

In Fashion on May 13, 2009 at 7:24 am

stampsFor the newly initiated, POSTCARDS is recurring feature with fashion advice from my dear friend Billy, an art consultant with a wicked eye and even wickeder wardrobe. In this edition, he packs his bags for his 20th high school reunion. And for those of you who caught the Gossip Girls ’80s flashback on Monday, the timing couldn’t be better…



2009 has thus far been a year of great indecision. Perhaps the stress at work—I fundraise and the current economy doesn’t lend itself to having your hand out—has manifested itself in not being willing or able to make snap decisions. It took an old friend booking a flight to Atlanta to prompt my attending my 20-year high school reunion. I had been sitting on the fence about revisiting the ne’er do well days of my youth.

If you are of my generation, certain films were so integral to our youth—most of them from John Hughes.  Who could forget Molly Ringwald’s moment getting felt up in Sixteen Candles and that über-cool outfit she wore as Claire Standish in The Breakfast Club? But for this trip down memory lane, I am going to refer to a movie that was slightly post-college, Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion.  As I contemplate this weekend of seeing old friends and acquaintances from two decades past, I wonder, shall I create a fictionalized version of who I am today? Why dwell on the fact that I am not living in the Park Avenue co-op that I thought I would be in at 38 and instead find myself in a rented Atlanta apartment?  So what if I am not running a successful art consulting business out of a chic Watergate-style highrise.  I might as well dress the part and let no one be the wiser.


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Kelly Locke Bags

In Fashion on February 6, 2009 at 6:37 pm


It’s a rainy day, and I wish I’d saved my pennies for a Kelly Locke “Sharyn” bag in brown croc! The Los Angeles-based company launched its line of über-chic bags, clutches and totes today. They’re luxe to be sure, but trust me, the designer is married to a former colleague (with the dreamiest vintage yellow Mercedes convertible imaginable) and I’ve seen the prototypes up close and personal and they’re incredible! The bags are entirely handmade in the U.S., and use exotic skins, semi-precious gemstones and sterling silver details. Price point starts at $500, but they’re about half of what you’d pay for one of the usual suspects from the major labels.

Thurston Tote

Thurston Tote

Francke Clutch

Francke Clutch

Metropole Bag

Metropole Bag