Mercer for Brunch

What better place than the Mercer Hotel in NYC to have a great brunch. The Mercer is right in the middle of Soho, decor by Christian Liaigre (friend from Paris since 32 years) and the people watching is worth the traffic jams all the way from Upper East.

Soho is great for shopping the “best of the hottest” boutiques in town. Price is not the issue as there is something for everyone’s budget.

I usually love a tour chez J Crew, but this season left me a little disappointed. The basics were boring and the more fun and innovative articles were a no-go as the quality was certainly not deserving of the price tag. I do believe the creative director, Jenna Lyons, is forgetting why J Crew became so popular during the last few years. That being a great mix of unbeatable classic designing mixed with the fun of new fresh designs at an affordable price level. So I say to Jenna (who has fab taste) climb down off that pedestal, girl, and join us back in the street. If I want to pay for a quality made product with a “designer label”, I know where to go. J Crew just made me feel good about the buying power of a great product.

Once again, it is all about the mix of high and low. Keepers and sweepers.

India is wearing: First motorcycle jacket renewal was from Balenciaga, which we purchased about 5 years ago. Since, every designer on earth has followed suit. In fact, if I am being truthful, the Balenciaga was probably inspired by the Harley Davidson rider look or Schott. Her long skirt is Rag and Bone from last year. Black boots from TopShop. Scarf and Beret from Crimson

Tatiana’s birthday present were these pants from Helmut Lang which we found in Soho. Speaking of keepers, her boots now four years old and almost ready for burial are from Chloe. Remember the red boot replacement saga? She still wears the black and the red are in her closet waiting for the right moment, I suppose!!!

Something new chez Crimson this season is my new roll neck cashmere poncho. Tatiana and India both wanted the grey, and I opted for the navy. This poncho was what I brought as my coat for this trip. It is 12 ply cashmere with all hand finished borders. It took me months to get it right and hopefully it will become a new classic at Crimson and what I call a keeper.

 

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