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Fashion Friday: Favorite Summer Indulgences from Susan Sokol

As we wrap up summer, we asked several accomplished women of style whom we admire to come up with 10 Sweet Indulgences for the season. This week our invitation went to Susan Sokol—a renowned leader in the global fashion industry whose business acumen and exceptional taste have earned her a reputation as one of the fashion industry’s most highly regarded executives. She has partnered with the founders of iconic brands in president and COO positions at Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Michael Kors, Vera Wang, and J. Mendel.

A lifelong New Yorker, Susan is a frequent lecturer on the fashion industry at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business, where she is Executive in Residence. More recently, Ms. Sokol has become a mentor to the CFDA fashion incubator program, where she has mentored three designers.

Favorite Summer Destination: Bridgehampton continues to be my favorite summer destination. Its everlasting beauty, incredible topography, and gorgeous beaches make it a cherished place where I love being, especially during the summer season!

bridgehampton“A Shady Lane, Bridgehampton, New York.” Image from Flickr via


Current Summer Reading: I just finally finished The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt. I was totally immersed in this page-turner of a book. I am now onto The Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline; after only 10 pages I can tell it will be a satisfying read.



What to Wear to a Summer Party: I tend to lean more towards the casual side of dressing in the summer. I love James Perse’s long bias-cut slip dresses in linen/viscose blend fabrics. They are simple, chic, understatedly sexy, look summery, and can be dressed up or down.


Favorite Summer FragranceI wear Cristalle, Eau De Toilette by Chanel year round. Its light citrus scent suits me and is imbedded in my skin. At this point, it’s difficult to change things up. I’m a classic girl when it comes to fragrances, so occasionally I will go all out and wear Chanel No. 5.




Necessary Summer Indulgence: I’m learning how to paddle board. Taking the time to learn it is an indulgence!

Favorite House Gift for a Summer-Weekend Invitation: Everyone loves rosé in the summer, so we bring a couple of bottles of chilled good rosé as a house gift.

Favorite Summer Entertaining Tip: Delicious food, using organic veggies, great background music, and keep the wine flowing.

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Preferred Summer Accessories: I tend to wear a lot of white in the summer, and I bought a pair of Ted Muehling turquoise drop earrings that look great with almost everything I wear.

img-thingTed Muehling – Turquoise Long Drop Berry Earring


Current Film on Your List to See This Summer: At the top of my list is Boyhood! Everyone I know who has seen the film has raved, and I am obsessed with seeing it as soon as I can!



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