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But today the topics at hand are footwear and jewelry and sunglasses—AERIN’s new product categories for spring. Sitting in her dressing room, which is wallpapered in an almost gray, not quite blue floral from Gracie, Lauder describes her aesthetic ideal as "ease and American effortlessness." She name checks Lauren Hutton, photographer Kelly Klein, and New York City Department of City Planning director Amanda Burden by way of example. They're the sort of women who can make a blazer and Converse look the epitome of chic or, in the case of Hutton, at least, rock a backpack at a luncheon. For her part, Lauder, who has long cherished her towering Manolos, also professes an affection for flats, the better to run around in with her sons, Jack, 13, and Will, 12. (From center) Treasures including AERIN for Oliver Peoples sunglasses in an AERIN jewelry box; Lauder tries on an Oscar de la Renta top, Stella McCartney trousers, and AERIN heels in her dressing room.