Friday, April 28, 2017

Kelly Rutherford’s Ladylike Elegance

Kelly in October 2015. Photo by GC Images.

Kelly Rutherford, probably best known for playing Manhattan socialite Lily van der Woodsen on Gossip Girl (and yes, okay, the terrible custody fight with her ex-husband Daniel Giersch), has worn ensembles that I think are the height of ladylike elegance, whether she is casual or dressed up to the nines. She seems to favor black, white, and gray, and even in a pair of jeans will add one of her Kellys, ballet flats, and great jewelry to take her outfit to the ladylike level!

Kelly is ladylike even in jeans!

In a simple trench, with Van Cleef & Arpels earrings, glamorous sunglasses, and a Kelly.

I like the simplicity of the look below, and that she paired tones of gray and taupe with white ankle pants. It is probably too warm for it now but I want to try a similar look this fall.

Photo by Getty Images.

She always looks fabulous when it is time to dress up for an evening event too!

Kelly at NYFW February 2017. Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images.

Pink is not a color you normally see Kelly in, but I like this mix on her of pink with fur and metallics that she wore to a fashion show in New York this past February.

In black satin in 2011.

I believe both of these photos are from February 2011, when Kelly attended the opening night party for the exhibit Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels at the Cooper-Hewitt in Manhattan. Nice Van Cleef gems (on loan I am sure)!

In VCA in 2011.

I absolutely love the simplicity and light touch of her makeup in the photo below, along with her diamond “Fleurette” earrings by Van Cleef & Arpels. Diamonds go with everything!

Great makeup!

Don’t forget that May’s “How I Wear My” is devoted to Ladylike Elegance! Send your photos to us at by May 1, 2017 and be sure to include a description of your outfit, which we will use directly in our posts.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Catherine Zeta-Jones Travels in Ladylike Style

So crazy for this look on Catherine from June 2016.

Last summer I noticed in the Daily Mail two different articles highlighting Catherine Zeta-Jones wearing two outfits I just loved. The fact that she was gliding through airports wearing these ensembles made the photos that much more impressive to me. It seems like plenty of times when celebrities are photographed while traveling they are wearing jeans and slip-on sneakers, so I loved that Catherine was dressed up and either carrying a Birkin or a Chanel, and sometimes BOTH.

Another terrific look, from August 2016.

I especially love the black and white aesthetic she seems to favor, with taupe added to the ensemble through her scarf and bag in the photo above. I am also crazy for her cropped wide-legged pants (and if you know who made those with the lace, shown at the top, please tell me!). I’m not much of a hat person, but Catherine’s fedora makes me want to rethink that position. I love the crispness and polish it gives her outfits.

From October 2015. Photo by Ron Asadorian/Splash News.

I also found this look, from Fall 2015, and once again, I am crazy for the black and white, the great jewelry, the peep-toe heels (and dark red pedi) and the Chanel/Birkin combo!

It seems like Catherine has a uniform for travel and (in addition to its elegance) what I like about it is that it could be recreated by any woman, no matter her budget, and it also seems like it would travel well. She can ditch the jacket, hat and heels once on the plane, and at its core her outfit looks very comfortable indeed!

I love all the accessories and jewelry she is wearing here! Photo by Ron Asadorian/Splash News.

Let me know what you think of Catherine’s ladylike (and elegant!) travel style. If you have a travel uniform you stick with, like she does, tell me all about it!

All photos of Catherine from the Daily Mail.

Don’t forget May’s “How I Wear My” is devoted to Ladylike Elegance. Photos are due May 1, 2017. Send them to Adrienne and me at

Friday, April 14, 2017

Betsy Bloomingdale’s Couture Gowns at Christie’s

At the beginning of the month I went to see the last of Betsy Bloomingdale’s gems going to the auction block at Christie’s. The bulk of her jewelry was sold in December during Christie’s Magnificent Jewels auction. I’ve showed some of the jewelry on Instagram but I wanted to do a longer post on her couture gowns that were also being sold.

There were just a handful on view and I found them to be great examples of the work of three of the most important designers of the 20th century—Marc Bohan for Christian Dior, Valentino, and Oscar de la Renta. It was like a little couture capsule!

Betsy was the wife of Alfred Bloomindale, who was credited with creating the credit card, and grandson of one of the founders of Bloomingdale’s. Betsy was also a close friend of Nancy Reagan. I don’t know all that much about her but it is clear from the objects she owned that she was an entertaining powerhouse. There was her garden furniture and books and dishes and décor on display at Christie’s but I headed straight to Betsy’s closet!

A 1991 Christian Dior gown.

Betsy was definitely a Dior girl. Most of the couture on display was by Marc Bohan for Dior and it’s wonderful to see how these gowns, created in the mid-80s and early 90s, are still in perfect condition. I think for the most part they could still be worn today!

I loved that she had written on gold-edged note cards when and where she had worn the dresses.

Places where she wore it. She made good use of it!

A Fall/Winter 1986-87 gown of purple silk faille by Marc Bohan for Dior.

I love the back of this gown.

This photo is for the fabric lovers out there. Look at the color and detail!

Notes on the use of the gown. This was also worn six times, like the Dior above.

A red satin and crepe Valentino gown.

A Valentino black suit.

I loved the Valentino bouclé suit above, particularly for its cuffs and skirt hem. The petals are made of stiff organza (and Valentino used this technique in his couture gowns on occasion too). I couldn’t resist touching one. They are are light but strong! I love the way they look and the feminine feel they give the suit.

A gown by Oscar de la Renta.

I love a feather and sequin capelet...

...I also love a bejeweled bow.

An orange 1986 silk gown by Marc Bohan for Christian Dior.

This was worn to a State Dinner at the White House.

I found a great picture of Betsy with her granddaughters in 2009 when an exhibit was opened at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles, celebrating Betsy’s couture style. I loved that her orange Dior gown, originally created in 1986, was still going strong, and she looked wonderful in it!

Betsy in her Dior, with her granddaughters in LA! October 2009. Photo credit.

Let me know if you saw this preview at Christie’s or if you have a favorite among Betsy’s couture shown here. I think my two favorites are the red draped Dior at the top of the post and the vivid orange gown above. Betsy sure had great taste and style!