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Favorite Summer Indulgences from Deborah Needleman

WVC_headshotDeborah Needleman wearing her favorite summer party dress, a gingham poplin shirt dress by Lisa Marie Fernandez. (Photo courtesy of Deborah Needleman)

As we are now winding down the summer, we’ve asked several accomplished women of style whom we admire to come up with their Sweet Summer Indulgences for the season. This week we invited Deborah Needleman, editor-in-chief of  T, The New York Times’ style magazine. Deborah also founded the magazine domino and is author of “The Perfectly Imperfect Home.” She serves on the boards of the National Book Foundation and The Battery Conservancy.


Favorite Summer Destination: The Hotel Il Pellicano in Porto Ercole—an Italian town located in the province of Grosseto, Tuscany, Italy.

16235809080_b59e5bb7a2_z“Porto Ercole.” Photo by Viaggio Routard via Flickr (Creative Commons License)

Favorite HotelLe Sirenusea boutique hotel in Positano, Amalfi Coast, Italy.

Favorite BoutiqueJohn Derian in New York and Bloom in Sag Harbor. 

Current Summer Reading: Elena Ferrante’s fourth book The Story of the Lost Child (read the Women’s Voices review), Hamilton by Ron Chernow, and A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara.

Current Film on Your List to See this Summer:  Best of Enemies (Directed by Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville).

What to Wear to a Summer Party: A gingham poplin shirt dress by Lisa Marie Fernandez.


Preferred Summer Accessories: Irving & Fine peasant tunic tops, Ancient Greek sandals, and Tomas Maier white jeans.

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Tangier classic peasant blouse from Irving & Fine; LALAoUNIS Kimolos from Ancient Sandals.

Necessary Summer Indulgence: Being in my garden.

Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser Geranium Leaf Body Cleanserindulgence with a dose of realityPreferred Summer Accessories: Large ethnic jewelry looks great in the summertime, especially with kaftansFavorite Summer Fragrance: Mixing fragrances helps create my favorite. I mix Jo Malone Grapefruit Cologne and Tuberose Angelica.Necessary Summer Indulgence: I have a vintage Mercedes convertible sports car that I store in the winter. It’s strictly a summer car and it’s wonderful to drive around the beach with the top down.

Favorite House Gift for a Summer Weekend Invitation: Gifts from Food52—Lichen Tea Towels, Lattice Stripe Tea Towel, or the 52 Stripes Tea Towel.

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