STYLE FEATURE: Kristine Moore
Impeccable Host and a Jewelry Designer:
Well-Mannered, Well-Traveled & Well-Dressed
Kristine is the kind of person who throws a BBQ party with silver flatware and gold rimmed cocktail glasses. Years ago I got to know her through a job, but I got to really know her at the garden parties she threw during the summer. Her home is undoubtedly one put together with the fine eye of a designer and a patron of peculiar art. She is always dressed like a lady and never breaks a sweat as she serves a multi course meal.
Obviously for all of the reasons above, she had to be featured on Jenée Sais Quoi. She invited us to her home so that I could take photos of her apartment and discuss outfit ideas for summer soirées over local snacks from her neighborhood. She also prepared a very strong Negroni for us upon which the conversation lingered about her travels and favorite summer menu concepts. See below for more of this interview.
|Mid Century Couch with Graphic Pillows from Marimekko and Gilt|
|Always a gracious host, Kristine set out Italian 3 Layer Cake from her Bakery in Cobble hill and Fresh Cherries|
KM: This is the kind of dress I would throw on for one of my Garden Parties
Dress by Yumi Kim and Necklace from Calypso
|The Entryway has a coat rack and some of her own DIY wall design made of Gold paint and Hot Pink Tape|
|The Painting is an Op Art piece from 1977 purchased at a Consignment shop in Westport, Connecticut|
JSQ: Where do you live? Where do you wish you lived?
KM: I live in Cobble Hill but dream of living near a waterfall or the sea.
JSQ: What is your first fashionable memory?
KM: My mom used to hand paint animals on my kindergarden dresses, which must mean I got my creativity from her. This led to my fashion obsession with Teen magazine as a 10yr. old. I was always intrigued by art and it’s history, thats what I studied in college. Jewerly happened by accident.
JSQ: Je ne Sais Quoi is about having “that certain something special” - Would you reveal to us what gives YOU that je ne sais quoi???
KM: DRESSES. My most comfortable outfit is a dress, even when hiking or sleeping, and heels whenever physically possible. It’s only because I’m too lazy to put an outfit together and too short to not wear heels.
|Some outfit ideas for Summer Cocktail Parties (from left to right)|
Helmut Lang dress with Alexis Bittar necklace
Kelly Wearstler dress with Iosselliani necklace
Massimo Dutti dress with a vintage necklace from Paris
JSQ:Who are some of your favorite jewelry designers and why?
KM: Hands down favorite jewelry designs are by Iosselliani. They are a couple out of Rome. They are always most original and inspiring. It’s dangerous because they just opened a boutique near the Ace Hotel in Manhattan. It’s a little too close for to me to resist collecting more of their work.
JSQ:Can you share a tip to aspiring jewelry designers??
KM: Be a real artist. Study drawing and art history. It forms your originality and voice. The fashion world is just a venue to show it. Stay true to yourself and don’t work in the corporate world if you can help it! Oh, and travel!!!!!!!
JSQ:You are known for packing incredibly light which is not a common attribute of a fashionista like yourself. How do you do that? What are your essentials?
KM: I count the days and only let myself take my favorite dresses for the occasions, then add a couple extra. I def re-wear too. One pair of fab heels you wear on the plane and if you can squeeze in another you are golden. Flat sandals for sure and maybe a flip flop. I traveled 3 cities in Italy for 10 days with a carry on and was fine.
JSQ:Do you have any shopping secrets you can share with us to get designer duds on sale?
KM: I’m a big fan of Gilt and sample sales.
JSQ:Your home is full of so many great books with art. You even introduced me to Kiki Smith some years ago. Do you have a few favorite artists and why?
KM: I have so many favorite artists- I think the whole of the modern art movement actually. Ellsworth Kelly, Agnes Martin, Robert Motherwell, Richard Diebenkorn, Cy Twombly...more recent, Fred Tomaselli. Then, there is Gustav Klimt. I think I like artists for their line, color and abstraction.
JSQ:Kristine, you are known for throwing amazing dinner parties and BBQ parties - could you share with us an ideal menu for an outdoor summer party to get us through the rest of summer 2013
KM: This year I’m really into grilled peaches and grilled fish.
Grilled peaches go with everything from fish to pork. I’ve been putting them in salads too. Tonight I made them with seared scallops with thyme. Grilling a white fish on top of a bed of scallions is amazing. Let the scallions get a bit scorched and serve together. I love to serve a watermelon salad of arugua, feta cheese and a bit of fresh mint or basil with a citrus vinagrette. For a party I will always make a punch maybe with aperol and grapefruit juice. For desert there is alway a pie.
Thanks Kristine for sharing some of your secrets and your beautiful home. To check our more of Kristine's jewelry design visit kristinemoore.com
Jenée Sais Quoi
|A hot pink doodle by Kristine|
|Phillip Lim Handbag|
|KM: This is an outfit I would put together for a summer gallery show in Chelsea|
|Necklace by Iosselliani and Dress by Helmut Lang|