Cherie is delighted to report she has had another stellar week: glam-ish dinner party (read more below); seven kilos gone, gone, gone; Major Project coming along nicely; and finally life has been pure bliss without You-Know-Who in Cherie's recently trimmed (only the split ends) hair every five seconds.
Even the non-stop rain could not dampen l'esprit because, as you would expect, Cherie has the gear to be glamorous in all situations: long, long flowing black raincoat a la those American cowboys except in silk; shiny knee-high black rain boots and a snappy rain hat in a shiny something-or-other that looks like patent leather, but of course it's not because it scrunches right up and goes into Cherie's great, big Chanel tote. For color, a blazing shocking pink umbrella.
Enough about moi, although in Cherie's opinion that's an oxymoron.
Without further ado, let's attack your questions. . .
Q: Mme. G: Cherest Cherie, Last week you were all worked up over the Sonia Rykiel collection for H&M. Did you show us everything or did you hold something back?
A: Cherie does not hold back. However, to her great surprise and infinite pleasure Cherie did find more items, one of which is a scarf, not pictured here, which Cherie would kill to get her hands on, but it's probably too late.
Q: Mme. S: Dear Cherie, Since you don't seem to wish to leap into spring until you see your forsythia in bloom, would you be so kind as to let us at least begin sampling a few items right-this-minute?
A: Dear Mme. S, Testy are we? Maybe you need magnesium instead of something special for spring? Cherie, however, in her boundless benevolence will answer your question. As mentioned last week, if one wishes to start slowly, a flowered scarf is the way to go and by definition all scarves are investments.
If perchance you have a light-weight jeans shirt in your closet, pull it out, but don't wear it with jeans for heaven's sake. Mix it up with a black or navy straight skirt, a wide belt, some bijoux. If you don't own one, now is the time to invest. (Or how about tucking it into your gold sequined trousers. . . as pictured here in Figaro Madame and photographed by Naomi Yang.)
Another hot item, although Cherie herself does not plan to indulge, is the safari jacket -- waaay too many pockets. Pull that out as well. If you happen to have an old YSL, lucky you. Cherie noticed even Landsend did a version.
Fashion tip: If you have a bust, you know what Cherie's talking about. . . Do not, repeat: do not put pockets -- especially with flaps -- on top of it.
Would you really like Cherie to talk about a mariniere again? If you bought it last year as you were told (as Cherie suggested), you're all set. Start wearing it now.
Q: Mme. M: Cherie, dear, Have you done anything exciting lately and if so, what did you wear?
A: Chere Madame M, Isn't it curious how one's questions can often coincide perfectly with Cherie's exciting life? Why, yes, after sorting through all her invitations and obligations this past week, Cherie accepted an invitation to a charming soiree. This is what everyone wore:
1.) The Hostess: A simple beige wool dress -- long sleeves, round neck, two-inches over the knee -- with opaque brown tights, Roger Vivier brown suede low heels and masses of chain necklaces of all sorts.
2.) Guest #1: Black leather above the knee YSL leather skirt, black opaque tights, black pumps and a cashmere twin-set in coral, accessoried with a massive coral necklace.
3.) Guest #2: A tw0-inches-over-the-knee black sweater dress, scooped neck, long sleeves, black tights, bottines, wide black suede belt and two long necklaces (sautoirs) she twisted together one pearls, the other in coral with a large bluish jade pendant -- very chic.
4.) Guest #3: A beige sweater dress (they're very big), again above the knees, brown opaque tights, brown, double-wrap belt, brown boots, a mass of brooches on her left shoulder and an arm-load of gold bangles.
5.) Cherie: Black straight skirt (just tickling the bottom of the knee), black opaque tights, black-on-black Chanel pumps, a creamy beige satin, pleat-front Chanel blouse, masses of pearls, plus Chanel earrings featuring a large pearl in the center surrounded by some kind of maron glacé opaque stone and a black and brown Dolce et Gabbana striped spencer.
Q: Mme. B: Cherie, just for fun, show us something you think is adorable.
A: Cherie thinks this Borsalino hat is beyond adorable. (Photo by Dusan Reljin, from French Elle.)