Float on: kimono by HeartbeatInK apparel, sandals by Ancient Greek Sandals
There are a few rare people who have that effortless It factor when it comes to fashion. Many were born long before social media, but their timeless style transcends generations.
Elsa in classic kimono, 1976
One of my favorites is Italian model-turned-jewelry designer Elsa Peretti, whose groundbreaking pieces are still sold by Tiffany and who became an Instagram icon in 2022 – even though she died last year at the age of 80 years old.
In the 1970s, she was the poster child for Studio 54’s decadence after arriving in New York with, she said, “a black eye from my lover, who didn’t want me to go.” She wore her dark hair in a pixie cut, washed it in champagne to keep it shiny, sunbathed daily to top up her tan, and chain-smoked.
Her life-changing collaboration with Tiffany began in 1974. Today, the owners of the store – luxury group LVMH – may be busy revamping the brand, focusing more on high-end jewelry, but Elsa’s designs are still essential, with pieces such as her bone cuff. bracelets appearing regularly on her Instagram pages. Meanwhile, Hailey Bieber and Venus Williams both wore her designs to this year’s Grammys and Oscars.
My favorite pieces are among her very first – the bottle and pitcher necklaces I spotted while watching the Netflix series about her best friend, fashion designer Halston. It was with his help that she first negotiated the Tiffany deal that made her arguably the most successful jewelry designer of all time. She renegotiated the deal in 2012, receiving £31million in a one-off payment – worth every penny, the new owners must think.
Recently, I discovered a Vogue article from 1976 shot inside Elsa’s New York penthouse looking, as usual, effortlessly chic in a kimono (right). As the feature film says, she’s the only person who can turn up to a dinner party in a black cashmere jumpsuit with a string of diamonds around her neck and look terrific “carrying a brown paper bag as her handbag. evening”.
It’s amazing that Elsa’s legacy continues to inspire a new generation almost half a century later. I go find myself a kimono and wash my hair with champagne.
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BE MORE ELSA… I love the idea of floating around the house or by the pool this summer like Elsa Peretti in a kimono, and I love this silk design. £255, kimandono.com
The bottle necklace is my favorite Elsa Peretti. Pendant, £530, tiffany.co.uk
TRENDING NOW It’s time to trade in your dark sunglasses for chunky rimmed white glasses. On a recent trip to Los Angeles, I noticed everyone was wearing these and I’m currently coveting this pair. £237, Balenciaga, farfetch.com
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MOST WANTED The humble leather cord belt is big business at Cos. “Customers have gone crazy for wearing it over dresses and blazers. The white and black have been huge hits,” an insider said. They sell out almost as soon as stock arrives, so if you see one, better get it £25, costores.com