Boots: they’re one of my favorite things about fall. As sad as it may be to put away flip flops for the next seven months, there’s something eminently satisfying about stomping around in a great pair of boots, as Nancy Sinatra famously noted. A guest at the Missoni show paired these blue suede ones with black knee socks underneath for a cool peekaboo effect, mixed with a crisp black and white dress. Look for more knee-high and over-the-knee boots this fall.
Helena Bordon wore a cool mix of blue-and-white ikat jacket, black suede skirt and Adidas tee to the Roberto Cavalli show in Milan. The zebra-print boots are the finishing touch: not as dressy as stiletto pumps, but just as sexy and more comfortable for stomping around in all day.
This was one of my favorite moments of Paris fashion week. We were walking by the Hotel Westin when we noticed this beautiful girl standing outside with her dog. It was model Jessica Hart in a pink lace Valentino dress, about to go to the Valentino show in the Tuileries. Just your average moment of incredible glamour in Paris.
Such a great summer-to-fall transitional outfit on a guest at the Chanel show. She tops a summery white minidress with a boucle Chanel jacket, black Chanel hat and adds black Chanel boots with a chain motif. The bag is Hermès. This is the luxury version of transitional, but you could also try the same mix with any non-Chanel items you have on hand.
Stylist Barbara Martello really embodies that cool-girl French look that’s worth emulating stateside. At the Stella McCartney show, she paired jeans with a varsity jacket and dressed it all up with stilettos.
One of my favorite fashion writers ever, Lynn Yaeger, stopped for a moment outside the Comme des Garçons show in Paris for a photo. Her pretty and feminine outfit is quietly subversive – that’s a skull and crossbones motif woven into the Fair Isle collar. You can take the girl out of New York….
Eva Chen, new editor-in-chief at Lucky Magazine and the youngest editor-in-chief at Conde Nast, wore a fabulous Dries van Noten dragon-print coat to the Sonia Rykiel show in Paris. Dries, Dries, Dries: it’s often cited as a fashion insider’s favorite label, and no wonder. The reclusive designer sources gorgeous prints like this one from archives near and far and makes them into wearable works of art.
This was one of my favorite shirt-around-the-waist outfits spotted this past fashion week, on a super cute Joan Smalls after the Alexander Wang show. I think her patchwork plaid shirt is by Equipment.
Want an instant, free update to your look? Tie a lightweight sweater or shirt around your waist, ’90s style. That’s all you have to do to be right on trend this fall. This guest at the Blugirl show in Milan artfully mixed a plaid skirt with a striped sweater and striped platforms.
The ever-stylish Elina Halimi of Kabuki Paris swished by the Alberta Ferretti show in Milan in a red and blue striped Dries van Noten skirt with fringe, beaded sweatshirt, gold booties and a motorcycle jacket.
By now you know the Kenzo sweatshirts that have been everywhere this year, but the last word in luxury sweatshirts is Givenchy. Some have a religious icon theme, some an American flag theme, and some a fabulous mashup of the two, as seen on Joanna Hillman at the Miu Miu show. Also, she’s wearing a gold Scorpio necklace – detail after the jump. Fashion Scorpios, unite! (more…)
In the final moments of Paris fashion week, model Edie Campbell opened Marc Jacobs’ final show for Louis Vuitton wearing little more than Stephen Sprouse-inspired body paint. Definitely watch the show online if you haven’t seen it already – it’s gorgeous and will surely be a historic moment in fashion. Then, she exited the tents still in full body paint – with rolly bag, on her way to the airport! It’s Edie’s trademark insouciant cool. Models: they aren’t just like us, and God bless them for it.
Another example of the full skirts à la Dior that are in fashion now. When splashed with a big print, they’re like a pretty canvas, as on Viviana Volpicella at the Valentino show. Like how she has paired it with a simple navy blue sweater and button-down shirt to keep it grounded.