When Technology Meets Design

{“What’s Next in Tech” at What’s New, What’s Next featuring Joe Human, Paloma Contreras, Kati Curtis, and Patrick Dragonette}

I spent most of last week in New York for a photoshoot, sourcing for clients, and various work meetings, including a very productive and exciting meeting with my publisher. I have finished writing the manuscript and we have wrapped up the photography, so we are now ready to start working on the design and layouts of the book which is super exciting! While in New York, I also spoke on a panel at What’s New, What’s Next, a very well-attended event at the New York Design Center which kicks off the fall design season. Our panel, What’s Next in Tech, was hosted by Dering Hall in the Odegard showroom and was comprised of Joe Human, Kati Curtis, Patrick Dragonette, our moderator Dennis Sarlo, and myself. We had a very interesting conversation about the intersection of design and technology. Many of you often reach out after speaking engagements to ask if I can share a recap and while it isn’t always possible, Dering Hall did a fantastic job of capturing the highlights of our panel discussion on their Instagram stories. You can watch the full recap below (or through this link).

{Photo by Matthew Carasella | Video Courtesy of Dering Hall}


Not So Mellow Yellow

{Oscar de la Renta}

It is safe to say that season after season, Carolina Herrera and Oscar de la Renta are always at the top of my list of favorite collections. This season, they have each taken a decidedly modern approach and both featured yellow prominently in their respective collections. The color is fresh, sophisticated, and definitely makes a statement. I honestly don’t remember the last time I wore yellow, but I do love it. Maybe I’ll start now! Which collections have been your favorites this season?

{Oscar de la Renta}

{Oscar de la Renta}

{Oscar de la Renta}

{Carolina Herrera}

{Carolina Herrera}

{Carolina Herrera}

{Carolina Herrera}

{Carolina Herrera}

{Carolina Herrera}

{Photography via Vogue}

A Tribute to Jeremiah Goodman

{Betsy Bloomingdale’s Los Angeles Living Room, 2000}

I was sad to learn that Jeremiah Goodman, the legendary interiors illustrator passed away at the age of 94 a few days ago. I was fortunate to see the Jeremiah Goodman Retrospective at the Dessin Fournir Gallery in Los Angeles when I was there for Legends of La Cienega back in May. Mr. Goodman’s beautiful watercolors seemed to radiate light and evoke a mood like few illustrations can. The New York Times called him “the Rembrandt of 20th-Century Rooms”. Mr. Goodman spent decades painting the houses of the wealthy and famous set. A graduate of Parsons School of Design, Goodman began his career designing Hollywood sets, but was turned off by the industry while working for a notoriously difficult boss. Eventually, he took freelance illustration jobs with House & Garden as well as Lord & Taylor and would go on to be regarded as one of the greatest interiors illustrators of our time. I have no doubt Mr. Goodman’s work will continue to inspire for years to come. For more of his beautiful illustrations, you can purchase his book, Jeremiah: A Romantic Vision.

{Bill Blass’ Sutton Place Bedroom, 2004}

{The Toluca Lake, CA Estate of Bob and Delores Hope, 1950}

{Diana Vreeland’s Famous, Billy Baldwin-Designed Park Avenue Sitting Room, 2000}

{Delphine and Reed Krakow’s Home, 2006}

{The Living Room of John Dransfield and Geoffrey Ross in Mendham, New Jersey, 2005}

{The Bedroom of Wallis, Duchess of Windsor in Moulin de la Tulerie, France, 2005}

{Vicente Wolf’s Living Room in Montauk, 2005}

{Images via Architectural Digest}

A Note on Style: Fall Transition Picks



Hi, everyone! This is Karima Hunter from A Note on Style, back with another installment of my column for La Dolce Vita. Regardless of what the weather throws my way, come September I’m in a fall mindset. I am more than ready to bid farewell to looks that clearly identify with summer. However, it is always a bit of a challenge to transition because often September is one of the warmest months of the year in many parts of the country, including southern California.

Over the years, I’ve learned that the best way to embrace fall clothing is to introduce lightweight pieces in a darker color palette. I also like to sprinkle in a few items that I identify with the upcoming season, like plaids, that are wearable now and will carry me through winter with additional layers.


First, I’ll swap out my white jeans for dark blue and pair them with a denim shirt. Head to toe denim on its own is a look that’s chic and can be easily transformed with additional layers such as blazers, sweaters, and scarves. Plus, just by having a darker base on, I feel like I’ve moved in the right direction.


I’m ready to give my sandals a break, but it’s not cold enough for socks and boots yet. Instead, I’ll slip on a pair of mules to look more covered up and polished, without overheating. There are so many stylish options this season with texture being the key element. Think luscious colors in suede and velvet, brocades, lace and a sprinkling of embellishment, a steal at $90.


The warmth of gold feels especially appropriate in the fall so I’ll choose accessories that contribute to the transitional mood. A belt with a significant buckle immediately elevates the simplest outfit, even jeans and a tee. I’ll carry this theme through with a statement pendant necklace, my favorite jewelry statement of the moment, that looks good layered or on its own. A classic, thick gold hoop earring is another item that feels right today adding a refreshing simplicity to looks.


If I’m going to add one color this season, it will be red. It looks better than ever and if you’re a fan, this will be the year to pick up a bag, shoe, dress or even a trouser. Of course, the easiest way to inject the color is with a swipe of fresh lipstick like one from Tom Ford’s Lips & Boys Collection, or any from one of my favorite brands, Charlotte Tilbury. They are richly pigmented and wear so well.


Lastly, if the weather does turn a little chilly, I want to be ready with one of the most important pieces of the season – a plaid blazer. Either oversized with a nod to the 80s or nipped in the waist and structured, both look incredibly chic and appropriate. I’d wear it with a t-shirt now then over a thin knit later. If you love the look as much as I do, and there is a matching trouser, I would pick that up without a second thought. The suit is making a very strong showing this season and I am applauding its return.

Delphine and Reed Krakoff’s Connecticut Home

Delphine and Reed Krakoff are a couple with serious, innate style. Reed, a fashion and accessories designer, and Delphine, an interior designer whose firm, Pamplemousse was founded in 2000 and whose work I have found inspiring for many years, are based in Manhattan, but they also own this stunning house in New Canaan, Connecticut and recently listed Last, their Long Island estate which used to belong to the Bouviers and where Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy spent her childhood summers. The Krakoffs have a knack for finding houses with interesting stories and converting them into beautiful homes that showcase their chic style.

Their Connecticut estate is featured in the new issue of Architectural Digest as well as in their new book, Houses That We Dreamt Of, which I am eagerly anticipating. The French-style house, known as Le Beau Chateau was built in 1937 and previously belonged to the eccentric heiress, Huguette Clark who was famous for the many houses she owned but never lived in. Le Beau Chateau was no exception. Clark owned it for decades, but never once set foot on the property. When the Krakoffs acquired the residence, it was in excellent condition, but they made changes to reflect their aesthetic, such as painting the red brick facade white. The house is grand, yet maintains a feeling of lightness thanks to soaring ceilings and a crisp, mostly white color palette, which allows the Krakoffs art collection to stand out. The result is striking, chic, and supremely interesting.

{Photography by Ivan Terestchenko for Architectural Digest}