October Notebook


Designers including Céline, Calvin Klein and Stella McCartney (seen here) may have had this past winter’s polar vortex in mind when they sent an array of cozy knits down the fall/winter 2014 catwalks. Silhouettes ranged from mohair skirts and tops and oversized sweaters to salt ’n’ pepper stretchy ensembles—all perfect options for those shivery days. —Kelley Donahue >



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Pierre Niney and Charlotte Le Bon star in Yves Saint Laurent

Clothes Make the Man

Yves Saint Laurent (Wy Productions, 2014), starring Pierre Niney and Charlotte Le Bon, is at once a captivating story about the making of one of haute couture’s great innovators and a testament to the power of enduring love. Director and co-writer Jalil Lespert traces Saint Laurent’s life from the late 1950s, when he presented his first collection for Dior. He instantly took over as artistic director and met Pierre Bergé (Guillaume Gallienne)—patron of the arts, future love of his life and lifelong business partner. Three years later, the duo founded the Yves Saint Laurent Company, which rapidly became one of the biggest luxury powerhouses in history. —Kelley Donahue >

Pierre Bergé (Guillaume Gallienne) confers with Yves Saint Laurent (Niney)

PHOTOGRAPHY: Thibault Grabherr © Tibo & Anouchka – SND


Autumn Crop

The Beekman 1802 “Month of October” Pure Goat Milk Soap is free of chemicals and preservatives, and uses fresh goat milk from the Beekman 1802 Farm in upstate New York. Two bars are included in each mill-cloth bag and boast an applewood and autumn leaf scent created with natural oils. beekman1802.com —D.C.


Burning Desire

Barnaba Fornasetti’s latest creation—the Fornasetti Profumi Giardino Segreto Scented Candle—combines existing motifs from his father Piero’s archives: Balaustra (balustrade), Civette (owls) and Foglie (leaves), all of which appeared from the 1950s onward. Almost as covetable is the herbal scent of the candle that burns up to 60 hours. ronrobinson.com —K.D.


Scentual Journey

Inspired by her world travels, Lisa Hoffman captures the spirit of the places she visits in a scent. In addition to luxurious perfumes, Lisa Hoffman Fragrance perfumes transform into jewelry via beads encased in a netted charm. Brazilian Bergonia, Hoffman’s latest cocktail, captures Brazil in a sultry, woody fragrance, with the country’s Bergonia flower at its heart. The scent can be worn as an eau de parfum, or carried in a colorful beaded bracelet for long-lasting aroma. lisahoffmanbeauty.com —K.H.


Royal Engagements

The hallowed halls of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London are now filled with exquisite gowns from the last two centuries. Wedding Dresses 1775-2014, running now through March 15, 2015, celebrates the magic and enchantment of the ceremonial garb, with displays ranging from the glamorous gowns donned by British royalty to the purple wedding dress worn by Dita Von Teese for her nuptials to Marilyn Manson. —L.B.


Good Times

Get some quality time with the Porter Maple Allen Lyle wooden watch, made from 100 percent maple wood. This unisex accessory features a large mineral crystal face and three removable links on each side. The timepiece—which also comes in black sandalwood Orion and green sandalwood Porter Green—has a stainless steel double-pressing buckle and crown. With the purchase of each watch, the company donates to the Arbor Day Foundation’s Rain Forest Rescue program. shopallenlyle.com —C.R.



Spectacular fashion, glamour and prestige adorn the pages of Vogue & The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute: Parties, Exhibitions, People (Abrams, September 2014), written by the fashion magazine’s international editor-at-large Hamish Bowles. The 272-page tome provides exclusive access to Vogue photo shoots, the annual Costume Institute Gala and past exhibits that have greatly influenced culture and fashion around the world. —L.B.


PHOTOGRAPHY: Victoria and Albert Museum (royal engagements); david sims, VOGUE, APRIL 2010 (living in vogue)