- StyleTory On: Pre-Fall
- CultureBehind Design: David Netto’s Bookshelves
- CultureKate Foley On: Fashion Reads & Haute Havisham
- CultureTory On: Her Favorite Books
- TravelPamela Fiori On: Getaways & Being a Bibliophile
Reading might seem like a solitary affair — you, curled up in a chair, with a good book — but as Elizabeth Chandler’s proven, it can be pretty social too. With her husband Otis, the former journalist co-founded Goodreads, a popular social-media site for book lovers, where you can review, share and recommend your favorite reads. So what’s on Elizabeth’s literary roster? A little Tolstoy, a little India, a little horse riding and…oh, keep reading to find out.Read More
When compiling a list of the iconic destinations that make New York New York — Central Park, the Met and the Statue of Liberty — we would be remiss to overlook the place where literature lovers can seek refuge from the bustle on the street: the New York Public Library. As a nonprofit institution, its vibrancy and survival are due, in large part, to champions like author Lea Carpenter. For more than 15 years, she has been supporting the landmark through fundraisers, reading programs and by co-founding its Young Lions group. We asked Lea about her passion for the library and the written word (her new book, Eleven Days, is out now) and using books as positive reinforcement.Read More
If you’re looking for a good getaway, Pamela Fiori is your girl. She’s written a host of books for Assouline on the world’s best leisure locales, from St. Barths to Palm Beach. She gives us an inside guide to its latest entry In the Spirit of the Hamptons, for which she wrote the forward, and shared more travel and literary recommendations, too.Read More
What is it that makes David Netto’s collection of books in his Silver Lake home so appealing? We think it’s the perfectly curated combination of everything we love — from historical to biographical, Old New York to Old Hollywood. And since David put it together, you can count on it looking chic as well. Here, the designer and architect gives us a glimpse at this personal library and shared his tips on chic bookshelf design, too.Read More
There are those books you wish you could forget so you could read them again for the first time. Then there are the books that deserve repeat-reads five, ten, twenty times. Tory loves reading — old books and new, classic and obscure. Here are just a few of her go-to reads — including her all-time favorite, Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude. From there, it’s about heroes, humor, stories you just can’t forget and then some.Read More
Alta Moda means high fashion in Spanish. It’s also the name of Mario Testino’s exhibit at his nonprofit MATE art foundation in the photographer’s native Lima, Peru. The show features a series of images that pay homage to traditional local dress, showcasing its brilliance in vivid color, print and embroidery. “I tried to fit as much time and history into each frame as possible,” says Testino, “from the traditional and festive clothing to the Chambi backdrops to the Peruvian people in them.” For those who can’t make it before the exhibition’s closing in September, Alta Moda is hitting New York this fall.
As the saying goes, good things come in small packages. Chic things, too. Case in point: mini bags, which are a big trend in accessories right now. They’re the perfect style for girls on the go, like Mexican-based stylist and producer Betsy De La Vega Tay, who paired Tory’s Thea crossbody with Maison Martin Margiela for H&M Lucite-wedge booties and a printed Club Monaco jacket for a look that’s both simple and coolly graphic.
Many thanks to Vogue and Elle magazines for tapping our Tanner Flat as one of the shoes of summer. We love Tanner’s little details — pink gradated stones, a little Lurex — and its free-spirited vibe. And it’s one of Tory’s favorite sandals — it adds a great hit of color against white jeans or mixed in with a printed tunic or summer stripe. In a word, it’s fun.
Simple shapes, special details — that sums up our Pre-Fall 2013 collection, which takes its inspiration from a vintage officer’s jacket Tory’s mother passed down to her. The military influence plays out subtly in clean lines and pared-down silhouettes, full of embellishment and textural treatments — stripes made of beading, for instance. Throw in a soupçon of Seventies and tough tomboy elements and you have our chic solution to between-season weather: stylish pieces to wear now, layer later.