We hope you’re planning a few more weekend getaways this season. To satisfy our puzzlement about what to pack for those two to three blissful days, we are launching a new Fashion Friday series: Summer Weekend Favorites.  As we did in our recent series Ten  Summer Indulgences, we’re asking fabulous women of fashion to let us take a peek at what’s in their weekend bags. —Ed.


H arriet Mays Powell has spent many successful years at the helm of the fashion world.  She began at Glamour magazine, went on to Elle as Senior Fashion Editor, spent four years as Fashion Editor of The New York Times Magazine, and later served six years as Fashion Director of New York magazine. In 2010 her work was nominated for two ASME (American Society of Magazine Editors) awards. Now she has honed all those years of experience and taken on a new challenge: running her own company, The Look Now, an online source aimed at creating a new fashion experience.



Favorite summer bright? Neon yellow.

“Must have” summer shoes and bag? Christian Louboutin gold flats and a white mini Fendi bag.

 Gozul Ballerina Gold Flat from Christian Louboutin; Mini Mamma Bag from Fendi

Favorite summer wrap? Norma Kamali’s Black Jersey “Ernie” Wrap, which truly goes from pool to party!

How do you work the same dress when going to two different climates? Layer with colored tank or add thin cashmere cropped cardigan on top.

Three “must-haves” in your suitcase for a summer weekend? Eres one-piece swimsuit, double strand of pearls from Verdura (so great with a tan and a T shirt!) and white jeans. 

One-Piece Swimsuit from Eres; Two-Strand Cultured Pearl Necklace from Verdura; Signature White Boot Jeans from Hudson.    

What do you use for a weekend bag? Thin khaki canvas tote with leather handles (from the gift shop in the Crillon Hotel in Paris).

What’s in your beach bag? The new SPF 30 sunscreen cream from Oscar de la Renta,  Nutri-Regenerating face oil by Terry Huile de Rose, and terrycloth towels from Hermes.

Are you are a cap or a hat girl during the daytime?  Definitely a hat girl!

Necessary summer indulgence?  Maltese Cuffs from Verdura.

CUFFED, a video by The Look Now, looks at how Verdura, one of Coco Chanel’s favorite jewelers, continues to produce dramatic cuffs, a necessary summer indulgence for Harriet Powell.

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  • drpatallen August 3, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Dear Harriet,

    Loved all of your summer choices. Thanks so much for taking the time to give us your favorites.

    Once I found my first Eres swimsuit, nothing else ever looked right again. Love the Verdura pearls and of course, those cuffs…

    Dr. Pat