OK, I’ve done it. It took a long time, as well it should have.
Why would I jeopardize the years of work that have gone into this blog, my book, future books and most of all your confidence by not choosing very, very carefully?
I hope you’ll agree with me that my partnership with Halsbrook was worth the wait.
Why Halsbrook you might ask.
It’s because finally an online shopping experience is deliciously personal. Halsbrook has a real time boutique feel about it with a clearly focused point of view and a distinct personality.
We all know the click, click, click in-and-out, search for what we need or want: order, pay, confirm, wait for delivery. But curiously, shopping on the Halsbrook site is more fun because it offers well thought out styling ideas, just like a magazine, and it’s latest customer service is positively brilliant.
You can order several pieces of clothing and accessories, have them sent to you, try everything on at home, see how the clothes fit, see if you fall in love, see how everything looks with what you already own. . . and guess what?
You do not pay for anything until you decide what you want to keep.
You see? (It’s not like anyone pays for her clothes before she goes into the dressing room.)
Furthermore, and this is why I thought our partnership was an excellent idea, Halsbrook has managed to create something quite special, a French/American mélange of fashion sensibilities: a crisp, clean, classic chic. The aesthetic is stylishly pure, which makes for intelligent wardrobe building as you can see.
After a few conversations, we decided it would be fun to take three generations of women to early holiday parties in Paris.
And, since we are in Paris, chances are our femmes will wear the same dresses now through New Year’s Eve and beyond, but never in the same way. For that reason they will look for a dress that is stylish and classic, an investment. The details will change as they wear their dresses over and over. Perhaps a jacket will be added; scarves, jewelry, shoes and maybe even the coats will be different. Then they will need gloves, another bag. Well, you know. . .
What better way then, to party in Paris – or anywhere – than in a Petite Robe Noire (PRN) or a Little Black Dress (LBD)?
Let’s start with the mother.
She will leave directly from work, meet her husband and together they will go to a rather glamorous dinner party at their best friends’ sumptuous apartment overlooking the Eiffel Tower.
She is mad about her new PRN, particularly the fashion-forward length. For the office she wore a cardigan, which she keeps in her desk drawer. She changed from her black kitten heels to her more edgy bottines and then added her cuff bracelet, creole earrings, a spritz of Guerlain’s La Petite Robe Noire – just for fun – and out the door. . .
Meanwhile her 18-year-old daughter is venturing out to a party in her first LBD. Both her mother and grandmother wish she wouldn’t wear it with combat boots, but decided not to tell her what they think.
La Fille, who is seriously considering a career in fashion, or fashion journalism, decided to wear her pea coat knowing that blue and black always work together, after all Yves Saint Laurent said so. Furthermore the hard/soft contrast of the boots and the coat make for a serious fashion statement.
She borrowed her mother’s cross-body bag, scarf, cuff and necklace. Her mother doesn’t own combat boots and never will.
Grand-mère, who proved to her daughter and granddaughter both by nature and nurture, that dressing well makes life infinitely more interesting, is going to the ballet with grand-père and a few friends, followed by supper at Chez L’Ami Louis. Dining Chez L’Ami Louis has become a traditional celebration to open up the holiday season.
Her latest LBD is her go-to solution for almost any occasion. The length, the sleeves, the fit, the possibilities. . . perfection.
Now I’m thinking I really do need a perfect PRN.