Best Story of the Week…April 15th

There’s a smart looking woman, I’d say, in her early 70s walking up Madison I’m trailing behind.

She’s wearing black capris, a black boat-necked top peeking under a simple understated, slate gray gabardine trench, with Audrey flats beneath bare ankles.

I’m wondering if she’s cold.

I can’t help staring, finding myself, fashionably dazzled.

We both pop into the drugstore, emerging at the same time, so I stop to say, “I have to tell you…you look so great. I wish I owned your whole outfit.”

She’s clearly startled by this, but then says, “Thank you so much. I can’t say the last time anyone paid me a compliment.”

I now notice what look to be, gray raw pearls gracing her ears. Also that she’s not carrying a purse. A hint of lipstick taints her front teeth, but then again, it could be a shadow.

“Maybe people just aren’t as bold as I am,” I say, “because I’m sure I’m not the first to notice. You look… I pause searching for the right words…how can I put it…very Carolina Herrera, yes, that’s it…the way the lines of your coat fall just so.”

Suddenly a black sedan pulls up, the driver jumping out to open the door. Before getting in, the woman says, “You’ve made my day. Can I drop you anywhere?”

Suddenly I’m in a 40s movie.

“No,” I say smiling, “I’m very near where I live, but thank you for the offer.”

I watch her glide in, the well heeled driver closing the door, thinking, that’s that, when suddenly the car is alongside me.

She rolls down the window, grinning like a kid.

“So you know, it is Carolina Herrera. She’s all I wear.”

Only in New York.     Mrs. Herrera, respectfully.


About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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106 Responses to Best Story of the Week…April 15th

  1. skinnyuz2b says:

    Susannah, it didn’t matter that the woman was wealthy, she still needed the uplifting compliment you gave her. The fact that you nailed her designer deserves an amazed salute!


    • It was either her or Calvin Klein. Somebody pretty classic that designs simply. Mrs. Herrera is a very classy woman herself. I remember when she made Caroline Kennedy’s wedding dress. Jackie loved her too. 🙂


  2. Wow! You hit the nail on the head!!! She will NEVER forget her encounter with you.

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  3. Dale says:

    What can we say? You know your clothes!
    And doesn’t it feel nice to let someone know they look good? I do it all the time.

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  4. Sorryless says:

    Style is something that never gets run out of town.

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  5. kingmidget says:

    When I go for a walk or a hike or a bike ride, I try to nod or say ‘hello’ or ‘good morning’ to everybody I pass by while out and about. It’s amazing how many people are startled by that simple thing. When did being human with each other become such a rare thing?

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  6. Patricia says:

    You are always so thoughtful, giving sunshine to those you encounter. It is rare quality in the world today. Bravo❣


    • I don’t do well with this kind of praise though you’re kind to give it. I think it should be considered normal. I know when someone says something nice to me, it is like sunshine. It always makes me sad when people are surprised, like that woman. Thanks, as always.


  7. Looks like you made another day for someone, Joan of Bark, Good on ya. 😊

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  8. Eilene Lyon says:

    That IS a delightful story. I wouldn’t know a designer from dog doo, but you clearly have an eye for that sort of thing. Compliments like that rarely go amiss.

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  9. Well done! I love the line “Suddenly I’m in a 40s movie.” Honesty, there was no better way to describe that encounter.

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  10. I just love this post. It takes so little to turn someone’s world around—in the best way. She’s lucky she ran into your boldness♥️

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  11. taglientimua says:

    Such a beautiful post! A reminder to be kind! Loved reading your post, ive followed you and can’t wait for your next post! Xxx

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