Friday, October 28, 2011

Ralph Lauren's Best Campaign

In 1988, Ralph Lauren ran my favorite of his campaigns in The New York Times Magazine. The clothes,  the models chosen, even many of the hair styles (more than the lifestyle depicted) were so right. Here are some images I scanned in from my tattered copy.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

My J. McLaughlin Favorites, Fall/Winter 2011

My fall and winter schedule has been filling up with meetings and events in New York that fall somewhere between khakis and boat shoes on the dock and formal fundraisers at the Hayden Planetarium. So I recently went to J.McLaughlin’s with a couple of specific goals in mind.

Pants were a priority as I have had a terrifically difficult time finding ones that fit, flatter and that are comfortable, as well as a notch (or two) up from my usual khakis.  I also needed a holiday cocktail party ensemble.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Blankets from Swans Island

Blankets and throws from Swans Island are expensive.  They are expensive not for the reasons many lesser products are expensive today:
  • The CEO of the leveraged buy-out shell company lives in an expensive New York apartment and has friends on the board. 
  • They need huge markups to pay for marketing and PR to keep stories out of the press that the products are outsourced to sweat shops in China.
  • Sharp-elbowed, competitive housewives will eagerly overpay for them to show off as a posh brand to frenemies in an attempt to appear sophisticated and get a leg up in their status arms race.