Labor Day of Love: Merci Beaucoup, Saint James

St James boatneck topI’ve featured the classic striped boat neck top, also known as a French sailor shirt or Brenton stripes, on Newport Stylephile in the past (here and here are just some examples). Fashion icons including Brigitte Bardot, Audrey Hepburn, Coco Chanel and Newport’s own Jackie O boatneck-jackie-ohave sported the timeless stripes, and as we transition from summer into fall, this ever ageless style is one to embrace.

The SAINT-JAMES Company has been touting the look since 1889, perhaps even being credited with “inventing” it. Established in Lower Normandy in the commune of

Bridgitte Bardot

Bridgitte Bardot

Saint-James, the style was originally intended for deep sea fishermen, then adopted by known seafarers, and amateur yachtsmen. The “genuine pure new knitted woolen Breton seaman’s sweater” was originally pure wool and it soon became a global phenomenon. Today, there are SAINT JAMES boutiques found in
Paris, Nice, Le Mont Saint-Michel, Saint-Malo, Strasbourg,Lyon, Granville, Biarritz, Tokyo and more, but you don’t need a passport to find the century-old brand.

Island Pursuit on lower Thames Street carries select SAINT JAMES autumn collection pieces for men and women including sweaters coats jackets, tops, dresses, and accessories like scarves tops, belts, totes and umbrellas. SAINT JAMES is known for top quality and longevity and are priced on par with upscale brands (a women’s long-sleeve top, for example, typically starts around $89, scarves around $40). But with coupon code: NEWPORTSTYLE, get 20% of your entire purchase. The fine print: 20% off applies to in-store and online purchases from now until November 1st. Offer is only valid on regular price items and cannot be combined with any other offer. When shopping online, get free shipping on all orders over $100.

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn

Coco Chanel, ca. 1917

Coco Chanel, ca. 1917

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SAINT JAMES, Autumn 2014

This post has been sponsored by Island Pursuit. All opinions expressed are independent and my own. For sponsorship opportunities, click here.


September 1, 2014 at 11:39 am Leave a comment

US OPEN STYLE: Interview with Ginny Hilfiger on Designing for FILA


This summer, during the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships at the International Tennis Hall of Fame here in Newport, I had the opportunity to chat with designer Ginny Hilfiger. Yes, she has designed for her famed brother’s company but those years are just a part of more than two decades in the fashion industry. So it made perfect sense when FILA tennis approached Ginny to spearhead the evolution of the line’s signature Heritage Collection, which you’re seeing on the courts of the US Open this week. Here’s what she told me about the “old meets new” collection.

When did you debut the Heritage Collection for FILA?

It was the French Open this year. Jelena Jankovic got voted the Best Dressed in the dress I designed. And then my next collection is this one, the US Open, and each season I am doing more and more.

What has been you inspiration for this collection?

It’s all derived from the archives of FILA and the Björn Borg days and Monica Seles and all the archives. I actually established a trim code—like signature trims and hardwares, when I first started at FILA and I used those throughout the garments to have consistency in the modern heritage. So basically my thing isXWLBnb8G9D modern heritage for FILA and taking the vintage from the archives and making it modern with my new detail code…the blue and white classic FILA; the striped ribbon. It’s all these little trims and threading that throughout and the red, white and blue. And I came out with a different way of doing the logo. So it’s taking the old but making it new with the fabrics, functional fabrics and modern silhouettes using FILA inspiration.

What has been the player reaction to the line?

We sold out of the French Open line!

How has your experience been thus far working with FILA?

Great! I love FILA. I love the people. It’s a great brand and there’s so much history. I’ve been all over the world for FILA. I was just in Sao Paulo…and designed a capsule for them. I was in China and got to see what they are doing there, Korea, Germany. … I designed a really nice Heritage line for China and a lot of the people are tagging on to it. It’s all based with the same DNA though. So it’ still using the signature detail but in a subtle way … and I love the CEO of the company, Gene Yoon; he’s such a young at heart kind of guy, so supportive to the whole thing I’m doing, and Jon Epstein in New York who’s the president – just a lot of really good people. It makes you positive and motivated.

See Ginny’s collections more new arrivals by FILA here:

August 27, 2014 at 1:14 am Leave a comment

Endless Summer: Shopping & Sales Island Pursuit

photo 4bIf I had my way, I’d pump the brakes on summertime and extend my favorite season by another month or two, but since that isn’t in the cards, it’s best to focus on the spoils of the months ahead: idyllic late summer temperatures, a quieter vibe, and amazing seasonal sales!

I stopped into Island Pursuit over the weekend and seeing awesome TOMS shoes 30% off (including tiny and youth sizes), tons of mens shorts and swimwear on sale including a huge selection of Southern Tide, and womens classic long sleeve and three-quarter sleeve St. James tops made fall’s eminent arrival exciting. I never realized how may unique lines Island Pursuit carries. Sure, there’s well known favorites like Sperry, Vans, Barbara Gerwit, Henri Lloyd, Tommy Bahama and Quiksilver, but there are fresh, emerging lines like: johnnie-o,  bags and totes by Lindsey Tia (see the anchor tote at top!), Kuhl, Tracy Negoshian, Frocket, The Belted Cow, Spartina 449, Bugatchi and more.  I’ll be featuring some of these in the coming weeks, but in the mean time, take a virtual look at what’s in the Newport store (there’s also Island Pursuit shops in Sarasota, FL, Sanibel FL and Chatham MA).

Shopping online?Use coupon code NEWPORTSTYLE for 20% of your entire purchase and don’t forget: free shipping on all orders over $100!

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This post has been sponsored by Island Pursuit. All opinions expressed are independent and my own.

August 25, 2014 at 8:29 am Leave a comment

Today’s Fabulous Frivolous Find


Act like Audrey
Dress like Jackie
Party like Gatsby

Enamel bangles from Sole Desire, Newport. $25 each.

August 21, 2014 at 7:42 am Leave a comment

“Dior And I” … Coming Soon to a Mansion Near You


This Thursday evening, on the lawn of Doris Duke’s Rough Point estate (quite apropos as the heiress fashionista wore a number of Dior pieces through the years), step inside the House of Christian Dior with a “privileged, behind-the-scenes look” at the creation of Raf Simons’ first Dior Haute Couture collection as Artistic Director. Per Liza Domnitz  of the Tribeca Film Festival, “Filmmaker Frédéric Tcheng follows up his work on excellent fashion films, including Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel and Valentino: The Last Emperor, with another masterful exploration of a towering fashion institution. In Dior and I, one enters the storied world that is the House of Christian Dior with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons’ highly anticipated first Haute Couture collection as the iconic brand’s new Artistic Director. From conception through its ultimate exhibition, the process is shown to be a true labor of love by the stoic Simons and a dedicated, charming, and often humorous team of collaborators. Beautifully melding the everyday, pressure-filled components of fashion with an elegant reverence for the history of Dior, Tcheng’s colorful homage to the seamstresses of the atelier is nothing short of magical.”dior-and-I

 newportFILM’s details:

Thursday, August 21
Rough Point, 680 Bellevue, Newport

 5:00 – 7:30 PM: Explore Rough Point’s current exhibit, No Rules: The Personal Style of Doris Duke (with additional Dior pieces  ($5 to view exhibit)

Live music by Yellowred

sunset (approx. 7:45 PM): Film, followed by post-film Q&A w/ director Frederic Tcheng

On-site food vendors: Tallulah’s taco cart, le petit gourmet, Tricycle Ice Cream and Boru Noodle Bar

cash bar on-site | picnics welcome

Courtesy of CIM Productions. Photographer: Jean-Jacques Poucel

August 18, 2014 at 10:03 pm Leave a comment

Magic, Moonlight and Hollywood Swag

Poster-art-for-Magic-in-the-Moonlight_event_mainWith all the buzz of Woody Allen in town this summer shooting his next film starring Emma Stone, Joaquin Phoenix and Parker Posey, it seems like tonight’s premiere of Allen’s latest release, Magic in the Moonlight, has a palpable Hollywood vibe surrounding it. But that’s not the only reason.

For the first time ever, The Hollywood Ticket is available to film patrons. This exciting new debut makes theater-goers feel like the glitterati by providing a celeb-style swag bag with exclusive fab finds—all without an Academy Award invitation. The bag is said to be filled with artfully assembled exclusive merchandise, samples, the women’s travel guide “Naughty Paris” by former Magazine Travel Editor Heather Stimmler-Hall, beauty products, chocolate, fashion, jewelry and special offers from emerging lifestyle brands. “We are delighted to pilot The Hollywood Ticket ,” said Jane Pickens Theater & Event Center owner Kathy Staab.

Only 300 Hollywood Ticket swag bags are being offered this evening and there are still some available. A portion of The Hollywood Ticket bags will be shared with VIP guests at an opening night garden party at Vanderbilt Grace (sold out) prior to tonight’s film screening. The remaining Hollywood Ticket bags will be offered as a part of the pilot program to guests of the theater tonight. Sign up for a Hollywood Ticket bag for just $5 online at or purchase directly at the box office. For more information on The Hollywood Ticket, visit, and Twitter @TheHollywoodTkt

August 15, 2014 at 2:41 pm Leave a comment

J. Lo & Me: Like Twins?


Well, no. Jennifer Lopez and I are nothing like twins. Up until a month ago, we only had three things in common: we were both born in New York, we both still have family in the  Bronx and we both can tear up a dance floor* (*debatable). But now we have something else in common: we’re both loving Oribe Hair Care.

One of those one-name anomalies, Oribe has styled high fashion runway tresses for more than three decades, working with talents like image_284Chanel, Gianni Versace and Karl Lagerfeld. He’s styled covers for every major fashion magazine around the globe and has had salons on Fifth Avenue and currently in Miami. He’s been with Jennifer Lopez since her first album. In 2007, Oribe researched launching his own line that would celebrate old world hairstyling supported by new world technology and the finest ingredients.

Today, the luxury line includes shampoos and conditioners, creams, gels, oils, sprays, balms mists and mousses. At JF3 Salon on Newport’ s Memorial Blvd. I was introduced to the Oribe Balm d’Or Heat Styling Shield, a lightweight styler which defends strands from thermal damage and restores strength and shine with heat-activated polymer technology. Healing cassis, sandalwood and maracuja oils protect and nourish fragile strands, sealing in sleekness and radiant shine while you blow-dry, straighten or curl. It’s not inexpensive (do you think J. Lo does anything on the cheap??) at $43 for a 3.4 fl. oz. bottle, but the good news is it is on of those less is more products where a tiny little dab will do ya for quite sometime.

Oribe Balm d’Or is part of the Repair & Resort Collection which launched in June. Select Oribe products available at JF3 Salon.

August 12, 2014 at 1:17 am Leave a comment

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