A great ship, the Jadrolinja, delayed its departure. From the deck of the ship, I looked over the railing for a last view of the shoreline, divided into two halves, a dark half and a light half: in one direction, tourism crept up the seaside hill; overflowing with lightbulbs, the hill dumped a pooling reflection of light into the black water. On the other side, the landscape of restaurants eventually lost footing in complete blackness. Inhabitants of the overnight ferry wandered among green plastic chairs. Curving roads led down the hill of the town, emptying onto the beach where straggling swimmers made their way out of the water dressed in one-piece cut-away bathing suits, strappy bikinis, and loose patterned swim trunks.
From top: Yves Saint Laurent, one piece navy bathing suit with white cut-outs (INA Nolita); Men's Ferragamo red & white swim trunk (INA Men); Tori Praver cut-away bikini bottom (with matching top in INA Nolita); Tara Matthews one-piece grey bathing suit with jeweled sides (INA Nolita); Mara Hoffman multi-colored bikini bottom (with matching top in INA Nolita); Men's Retromarine swim trunk (INA Men); Marie France Van Damme gold bikini bottom (INA Nolita); Marie France Van Damme one-piece gold bathing suit (INA Nolita); Marie France Van Damme strapless, gold bathing suit (INA Nolita).
Scarves - count the ways: tied in a single knot, as a bandana, as a turban, as shawl, as trim to a straw hat. Silk, cotton, and hand-woven scarves. Those with logo prints and emblematic patterns. Those with hand dyed fabrics. Loosely knitted scarves. Linen and durable canvas wraps, alongside sheer gauze and pashmina.
Which is your summer passport?
Featured from above, INA Soho: Chanel blue silk, circle-stamped scarf; Dolce and Gabbana chain-link and floral printed, silk scarf; Hemes golden yellow printed scarf with Chanel fluorescent orange sunglasses; Missoni cotton scarf encircling Eugenia Kim straw hat; Pucci cotton printed scarf.
Keep your ear to the ground for beginning of the season accessories. Black is never out of season, out of place. In summer, it is second only to exposed skin.
Summer boots, with trinkets to match, abound this week in our Noho location. With a certain amount of breathability and visibility of the foot, each of these below boots pair with cut-offs and loose floral cottons.
Chanel has a penchant for seasonal fabrics: terrycloth tennis bracelets and patent heels come with thin, attached socks meant to be pushed down.
Summer Victorian lace-up ankle boots are an open-toe rendition of modesty. Below, Daniele Michetti boots come unworn in original packaging.
(Another Victorian touch, Jay Strongwater's compact.)
A lasting thought of metal plates: Miu Miu motorcycle boots and an Isabel Marant woven metal belt are an effortless throw-on over denim and practically untouched.
From above, all found in INA Noho: Repossi black gold ear cuff, Christian Dior black and pearl studs, Chanel, patent pump with attached socks, Chanel terrycloth wristlet and ring, Prada beige leather button-up heeled boots, Daniele Michetti basket-weave red & black ankle boots; Jay Strongwater vintage-tinged compact, Miu Miu leather motorcycle boot, Isabel Marant metal linked belt.
Almost anything looks good against flowing silk: a nylon, Gucci logo embroidered fanny pack wrapping the waist of Alexander McQueen canary silk, and a Louis Vuitton charcoal and black checkered leather messenger bag hanging from the shoulder of a vertically striped, silk jumpsuit. Louis Vuitton black leather sandals with wooden heels pair with sashaying silk. The Adidas high tops below, against a Calvin Klein black silk dress with a train, even Y-3 spiked black leather high tops with striped tapestry lavender BCBG silk, are an ambiguous something else, like a woman in a silk shirt wearing a tie - a pink and gold floral embroidered Ike Behar tie against solid yellow color. Or a Versace palm tree print woven into silk, not too large, not too small.
All men's and women's items found in INA Union Square.
Business is pleasure: mix a pony portfolio with a Chanel sneaker, a basket weave fluorescent blazer with a unisex silver-buckled slide. Business casual is no longer a dreaded descriptive – business casual is the city's permanent monogram. Sneakers are worn with suits instead of loafers, loafers mixed into jean and blouse outfits, and the glitz accessory thrown over t-shirts. Rarely is anyone only casual or only fancy in this city consumed by a uniform color of industry.
From Above: Thakoon reflective belt (INA Chelsea); Chanel leather sneaker (INA Union Square); pony hair and leather clutch (INA Union Square); Men's Dior Homme sneaker (INA Chelsea); Men's Ferragamo gray loafer (INA Chelsea); Milly basket-weave jacket (INA Union Square)
Most of the day spent in a top hat with attached veil, the hanging net covered the eyes and hovered above the nose of the woman. Under cover of the veil, telephones rang and were answered, conversations had, transactions placed. The woman walked to a restaurant near a bookshop. The tables were full, but the waitress called her inside. She drank a bitter, waited, ordered a mixed salad. Sharing a table with travelers who had eaten three times at this restaurant, she slurped oily clam noodles and watched the curly hair of a shorter woman passing. She thought about the possibility of every veiled hour met with a new handbag: a bowed, sweet Chanel, a quilted patent Chanel linked from end to end with a chained ID handle, and a cloth bag lined in gleaming leather.
From above, featured products from INA Soho: white leather and black patent vintage Chanel purse; black, leather Chanel belt with "double C" silver studs and vintage, quilted black leather Chanel purse with silver linked wrist handle; white, ruffled vintage Chanel blouse and black, pleated vintage Chanel skirt; gold leaf vintage Chanel cuff and black, fabric quilted Chanel handbag with leather and silver chain straps; vintage, Chanel black leather purse with white bow and handles.