Summer Stripes

Screen Shot 2015-06-06 at 21.55.05So It all started again in Venice, with stripes, the obsession – that is.  I mean Biennale was fabulous, the Gritti perfection, the weather mixed (read: lashings of rain) … but hey, I put a good face on it, because Venice is a fairytale each and every time. IMG_3866

See singing in the rain.

Should have raincoat open to reveal my STRIPES.  Because Venice is framed by stripes, the mooring poles are candy swirls, mainly photographed amid sunlit vista from the Railto…

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Then (as we admired above) all the gondolieri wear STRIPES

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sometimes there are flocks of them  pulling in at the end of the day, perfect viewing from the Gritti terrace:

Screen Shot 2015-06-07 at 21.26.54Any way you stripe it, stripes are chic, they pack a graphic punch.  As summer beckons,  beaches swim into view, here the sun beats down, heat hazes form and we all melt, in this shimmering kaleidoscope,  stripes hold it all together.  Where summer skies are often grey, in city streets and northern climes, stripes present a summer state of mind,  a statement of optimism.

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Screen Shot 2015-06-14 at 09.27.48whatever the weather and wherever you are…

Tastemakers have striped at leisure since seaside resorts became fashionable.IMG_3910Sailor Stripes becoming the height of fashion when Gerald Murphy a founding member of the Côte D’Azure  crew came home from St Tropez harbour with a basket full of breton striped sailors tops, handing them out to all his mates which included Scott Fitzgerald, the Hemingways and Picasso.


Gerald and his Sara looking modern Gypset before the term was  coined.  Stripes. He raked the beach in front of his villa America each morning into … stripes.

They have been looking chic ever since, re-invented by subsequent generations, there are now classic ways to wear your stripes… Screen Shot 2015-06-07 at 09.25.23Instant-easy-chic. Add trench and denim.

Screen Shot 2015-06-13 at 16.16.26or style swap for Palermo parka. done.

Screen Shot 2015-06-13 at 16.16.55keep the rest tonal and plain for stylish streamlined chic.

Screen Shot 2015-06-06 at 21.53.42Shake it up: statement florals and stripes.  Any way you mix it, they’re an ebullient natural partner.

Screen Shot 2015-06-07 at 09.37.58or insert a strip of multicolour stripes for fun,Screen Shot 2015-06-13 at 16.17.16Or stick to monochrome-stripes in multiple ways for hi-end style.

Screen Shot 2015-06-14 at 09.29.40You never catch Carrie sartorially adrift.  Add flowers with iconic view.

Oscar+de+la+Renta+Spring+2013+eYmO7BzGiTpxOn the catwalk, in the city, at the beach… step out in stripes. Amal knew the Venice dress code arriving canal-side in…Screen Shot 2015-06-13 at 16.04.08Stripes, so I am keeping that sun hat  ready…

Screen Shot 2015-06-13 at 16.17.37 Because one day we will be back at the beach.

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Image Credits: all on my pinterest board, which as you will see has a lot of interiors stripes, I think you know where we are heading next on a Decorative Affair.


me….côte d’azure… in…you got it.

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