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October 10, 2014

‘The Spy That Came in From The Rain”: Seeking the Perfect Trench



























When it comes to fashion I am more of a uniform kind of girl. Many of use jewel-aphiles seem to be. I can’t have enough white shirts, black pants and jeans (although I try not to look like a female maitre d’ at meetings). I wear summer dresses in grey, navy, and black for the ease of looking chic while showing off my most coveted antique jewels. I wear those same colors in winter cashmere. I layer. I wear lots of scarves with longer pendants. I stock up on never-out-of-my style items: Wolford leggings in case they ‘make improvements” or discontinue my favs, like some beauty companies annoyingly do with my eye pencil and lipstick. One of my all-time wardrobe classics is a trench coat. But none have moved me in recent years, the way in which Le-Trench has.


Maybe it’s the effortless style of being able to wear it with everything else I own, maybe it’s how well this timelessly cool piece has been refashioned by the always stylish and savvy Dianne Vavra (Vice President of Public Relations for Dior Beauty) or how deftly she gives this new version of an cultural fashion statement the ability to show off a necklaces or create sleeves where you can see bangles or a watch. This is my kind of trench and my kind of designer. In addition, Vavra has created her Le Trench in three colors/patterns (more to come) all with romantic and historical descriptions: Le Noir-Black, Le Rouge-Red and my pick- Le Serpent. Not only does this intermix of grey/black/white pattern represent one of my all time favorite motif in jewelry—from the Roman meanings of duality of life to the sentimentality of Queen Victoria’s snake engagement ring and the entwined enduring love symbolism, which continues to live on.


Vavra explains, “Le Serpent is a pattern inspired by a woman who entertains adventure and doesn’t always play by the rules.” I could be that woman,” I think as I envision myself as Cleopatra laden in golden snakes jewels.


But, aside from my Cleopatra fantasies, I am a sucker for anything that is refashioned after vintage or period pieces and Le Trench definitely has a story to tell: After Vavra found a leopard print trench while scouring a basement of a shop in a flea market in Paris, she realized that not only did it make her outfit that day but was something that would remain in her wardrobe as an enduring staple. After many years of not seeing Diane, she was wearing her leopard print vintage trench and looked like she just stepped out of a fashion spread in Vogue or Harper’s Bazaar.
She then went about creating this iconic fashion item, made famous by the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Catherine Deneuve and Marlene Dietrich and the well-dressed heroines of Alfred Hitchcock films. Think Grace Kelly in “Notorious” or Kim Novak in “Vertigo”.


I also love the fact that I can squish up my Le Serpent trench in my bag and then when I take it out, it is completely ready for wear. Nothing like shoving something in my already stuffed tote. But this is one trench I will be wearing rain or shine.

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Although I am not one for ‘matchy matchy’ I think this works and I just might wear my new trench as soon as I get it with this Art Deco silver serpent bracelet with a simple white T-shirt and grey jeans.


my circa 1920s silver snake slither up the wrist bracelet  (Glorious Antiques)

my circa 1920s silver snake slither up the wrist bracelet (Glorious Antiques)


Bracelet: 1920s coiled serpent bracelet bought from Glorious Antiques.



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