20 May 2018

another dress

Cate Blanchett wears Givenchy Couture by Brit Claire Waight Keller gown in Cannes

15 May 2018


The charms of the South are evident in this dynamic collaboration from the embroiderer extraordinaire Olympia Le Tan, and fashion guru & Capitol founder Laura Vinroot Poole!

In celebration of 20 years of fashion at the noted destination CAPITOL~ Charlotte, Laura has commissioned Le Tan to create a limited edition clutch. Le Tan is famous for her literary clutches and this one honors North Carolina writer Thomas Wolfe's seminal novel, Look Homeward Angel.

“Each moment is the fruit of forty thousand years.” Thomas Wolfe
Look, Homeward Angel

“His feeling for the South was not so much historic as it was
of the core and desire of dark romanticism--that unlimited and
inexplicable drunkenness, the magnetism of some men's blood that
takes them into the heart of the heat, and beyond that, into the
polar and emerald cold of the South as swiftly as it took the heart
of that incomparable romanticist who wrote The Rime of the Ancient
Mariner, beyond which there is nothing." Thomas Wolfe

Read about Laura's big celebration in Atelier Dore here and here.

photo from Atelier Dore by Veronica

Capitol's Capsule Collection here.

read two previous stories about Laura and Capitol on the blog here.

08 May 2018

MET dressed

heavenly bodies amongst a sea of sinners

greta gertwig in the row

alicia vakander in louis vuitton 

mackenzie davis in chloe

imaan hamman in zac posen

03 May 2018

full circle: Charlotte Moss Entertains

Last May I was beautifully entertained in New York to celebrate How They Decorated!
Madeline Weinrib held a wonderful book signing for me in her atelier, and Charlotte Moss had a supper buffet at her townhouse.
I was able to share the evening with great friends, colleagues, my brother, and my niece.

Charlotte's new book Charlotte Moss Entertains is just out and as I said to her—I think it's her best yet. Her entertaining style appears effortless—meaning it requires planning. Each and every party or event she shares in the book is unique, yet singularly Charlotte Moss.

The elegant buffet she had for me is included in the book and I will treasure that evening all the more by having it to revisit every time I pick up Charlotte Moss Entertains.



Another fantastic party included in the book is Charlotte's Caftan Caucus. Nothing is more comfortable than a caftan—I live in them in the summer. Charlotte's inspiration for the weekend was sparked by a friend at one of Charlotte's 'girls weekend' at her house in East Hampton, hence—forever afterward the Caftan Caucus. These are some of my favorite parties in the entire book.



Charlotte devotes one chapter to "Entertaining Ladies." Amongst others, Charlotte profiles the entertaining characters of Pauline de Rothschild, Lesley Blanch, and Bunny Mellon, all women I profile in my book, a book Charlotte wrote the foreword to. In addition to these ladies, Marjorie Merriweather Post is profiled. This spring Charlotte and I have participated in the Artistic Table at Mrs. Post's Hillwood. It's a heavenly place, and the Exhibition continues through May into early June. I am speaking at the museum on May 18th and the topic is none other than—the women of How They Decorated and their tables, the flowers they favored—all about how they entertained. Timely I think.

Another woman Charlotte takes a look at is Elsa Maxwell who said "Etiquette—a fancy word for simple kindness."

In the whirlwind world of decorating, social media, and the constant needs a multifaceted business requires, there is no other person I can name as kind, generous, and inspiring as Charlotte. Like entertaining, it's effortless with Charlotte—

Elsie de Wolfe, in the book as well, said: "be pretty if you can, be witty if you must, but be gracious if it kills you."
 Charlotte Moss Entertains—is all that, pretty, witty, and gracious.

The book is available on Charlotte's website here.


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