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Know Your Style: New York Launch Party and making The Cut

— by Alyson Walsh

We had a wonderful time at the Know Your Style launch party at The White Company’s beautiful Fifth Avenue store. In typical New York-style, the city is carrying on. Guests arrived  from across the Five Boroughs, as well as journalists, designers, marathon-runners from around the globe. In keeping with the spirit of Know Your Style, I experimented with clothes I already own, rather than buying new. Due to unseasonably mild weather, the Once in a Lifetime Tuxedo Jacket was left at home and I reverted to my default setting: Casual Glamour. Still practising what I preach, I opted for the reworked, striped shirt and statement skirt scenario. The sequinned maxi is an old M&S sale bargain, it’s the skirt I wore on my 50th birthday, that gets wheeled out every now and then for special occasions – similar HERE (Lauren Ralph Lauren and not a bargain) and HERE, (McQ Alexander McQueen, ditto) Meet Ayumi Takahashi the illustrator who brought Know Your Style to life (centre) and friends:

Interiors stylist and journalist Hilary Robertson and design store owner Michele Varian (who hosted the launch of my first book) popped along. Hilary says The White Company’s bedlinen is the best.

It was lovely to see New York style bloggers Anita Irlen and Cherie James, again. And to meet Jolain Muller (below, middle), a That’s Not My Age fan who lives in New York and used to work for Carolina Herrera; as well as every other super-chic woman who stepped into the Fifth Avenue store for the book launch:

And there now follows a trumpet-blowing broadcast on behalf of Know Your Style book sales. The following picture made The Cut (New York magazine’s fashion channel) and it’s all down to Lyn Slater’s star quality and superior Insta-status. Yep, we partied in New York the same week as Gwyneth Paltrow, Reece Witherspoon, Bette Midler, Naomi Campbell and many more (scroll through to slide 19 to see yours truly and Lyn Slater in The Cut’s Hall of Fame).

A huge thank you to all who attended the Know Your Style launch and to those who made it happen. I feel incredibly privileged to have such wonderful followers, family and friends. And Manhattan Brother who puts me up (and puts up with me). As if this opportunity wasn’t fabulous enough…The White Company now supplies luxury bedding and amenity kits (specially selected to counteract the effects of long-haul travel) on British Airways’ transatlantic flights and so I was invited to try out the new Club World experience. It really was the most comfortable faff-free flight, ever. Amazing. I’ve never flown first class before but could get used to the high life. World Traveller will never be the same again…

Top-notch refreshments at the Know Your Style launch

Photos are by Denton Taylor.

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