Global Gypsy







By Michelle Crowe



Antonia photographed by Henry Clarke for Vogue, 1966


Michael Kors, fashion’s king of the quip, has said that every girl goes a little bit bohemian in the summer. And we do, don’t we?

Because for every time a little black dress or little white dress is absolutely the right choice, there are times when all one wants to wear is something flowing and exotic. It could be a vacation, or it could just be a drinks party with the jet set.


Penelope Tree in Dior appears in a 1969 issue of British Vogue. This look perfectly walks the line between boho and preppy.


Personally, I am packing for a trip to Miami at the end of the week with two different evening events that will take place outdoors – one on the lawn. There’s nothing to do but embrace linen and cotton, superstar fabrics of steamy climes, and pack some pretty flats.


Catherine Deneuve in an Yves Saint Laurent Caftan.


Tops with an exotic flair like peasant tops and tunics are at the top of my list to pair with white pants for daytime. I’m looking forward to wearing dresses in gauze and eyelet for day and polished cotton at night. I found a gorgeous linen wrap dress with a full skirt and a subtle ruffle, but it sold out in white and this is one time when even this die hard wearer of black can’t fathom choosing la robe noir.


Anita Pallenberg in a fantastic peasant blouse.


My packing muses include Talitha Getty, Betty Catroux at Yves Saint Laurent’s Marrakech hideaway, and Stephanie Von Watzdorf, founder and designer of Figue. I am firmly of the mindset that packing is a big part of the fun of travel and I’m hoping that this cool and collected approach to global style works in Miami. I haven’t been in several years and my memories of the city are short, body conscious dresses on the young and fabulous and a lovely group of retirees dancing in a courtyard wearing impeccably preserved and beautifully cut clothes. My takeaway is that anything went then and it’s likely that anything goes now. I’m going with internationally influenced, timeless style that breathes.


Figue Resort 2019.