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October, 2008:


Chinoiserie hand painted wallpapers have been used for almost 300 years. De Gournay reinterprets the exotic style of Chinoiserie in exciting modern ways using warm, vibrant, and sometimes bold colors. These papers are another one of my signature design elements. Here I am at the lovely de Gournay showroom standing in front of the “Askew” pattern.

I am wearing a navy velvet jacket by Gucci over a white and blue micro stripe cotton shirt by Gucci, Hermes gray silk pocket square, Seamen Schepps silver pearl with pale blue saphire cuff links, wool plaid pants by Gucci, Hermes blue leather belt, Lanvin teal blue suede sneakers and sunglasses by Dior.

Rooftop Thoughts

Taking in the spectacular NYC views, my mind turns to the design possibilities of a friend’s roof-top terrace. As a designer, my work requires me to bring together teams of artisans, craftspeople, architects, and builders. In this case, I would bring onboard the brilliant landscape designer, Mario Nievera. His work is rooted in classicism yet remains fresh and contemporary, and he has a deep appreciation of the delicate interplay between interior and exterior spaces.

Basking in the glow of the setting sun, I am wearing a black wool flannel peaked lapel jacket by Gucc, a black cotton shirt with contrast white collar and cuffs by Gucci, vintage moonstone cuff links by Ralph Lauren, black and platinum silk tie by Charvet, white silk pocket square also Charvet, wool hounds tooth check pants and a silver chain link belt, both by Gucci. – Unseen in this picture are my beautiful YSL aubergine suede “Eton” boots and a black leather tote by Gucci.


I am often told that there is a 70’s vibe to my style. I have no doubt that growing up in that decade had a lasting influence on my design aesthetic – I was, and still am, fascinated by the elegance and decadence of the 70’s jet-set lifestyle, and so naturally I incorporate some of that into my look!

Here I am on my way to meet with one of my artisans, the very talented Timothy Brown. I had him laquer a client’s entrance hall in an Hermes box orange. – I can’t wait to share some images soon. Looking particularly 70’s in a chartreuse green suede safari jacket by Gucci over a camel cotton/silk ribbed turtleneck, oatmeal corduroy pants with python loafers and a brown suede and leather satchel all by Gucci.