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Culottes

October 16, 2014

All of the sudden, they’re everywhere…that hybrid between full cut pants, and an easy skirt. They hit anywhere from just below the knee, to just above the ankle, and come in fabrics ranging from leather to fluid silk. Yep, you guessed it; the culotte is back! Reminiscent of the 70’s, the culotte is making a comeback, and the look is more modern than ever.

Today’s culottes are versatile enough to be worn casually with a sweater, or more elegantly with a blazer. Designers have been seeding the idea for a few seasons now, and this fall, the culotte is the “it” silhouette to own.

Gucci’s pre Fall collection in 2011 featured culottes with a chunky cable sweater and boots that looks perfect, several seasons later.

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Soft and fluid, or in green leather, culottes are the perfect daytime option to a skirt or trousers.

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Add a crisp white shirt and strappy sandal to luggage leather culottes.

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Topshop Unique uses an inverted pleat to create the look of a riding skirt.

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New Traditions

April 9, 2012

This year, we celebrated a holiday I coined “Easter-over”. It was intended to be a non-denominational hybrid of Easter, and Passover.

Of the 9 guests, there were 3 non-practicing Jews, a couple of lapsed Catholics, and a few others that didn’t have much of an affiliation to any formalized religion at all.

It was the ideal celebration for me. It paid respect to multiple cultures and holidays, and incorporated lots of different foods.

Wasn’t it ironic, that by the end of the evening, all the “non-Jews” were asking where their favorite part of the Seder went?  Someone hid a matzo, someone else set out a glass of wine for Elijah the Prophet.  Others asked where the haroset, (an apple, nut and wine concoction reminiscent of mortar) was.

I was initially surprised but ultimately realized that the religious implications of the day did not play a significant role. Being with “family”, in this case a multi-cultural group that shared no blood but lots of love and history, was the most important aspect. Those familiar foods and rituals had become an important part of our “family’s” heritage.
Perhaps Easter-over will become a new tradition. If you don’t celebrate Passover or Easter, celebrate spring. Next year go ahead and serve ham and matzo balls if you want to, just do something meaningful with people who love you.

The Easter bunny came and went, and Elijah drank his sweet kosher wine. The matzo was found, and the leftovers packed away. Hopefully the memories will live on.

Happy Easter-over everyone!

photo: Glasshouse Images


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