This is the kind of high-low mix that stylists and editors love: a très chic (and expensive) Valentino coat and Chanel matriochka bag worn with a down-to-earth pair of ripped boyfriend jeans. Even if you can’t throw on your best Valentino and Chanel, you can take a cue from this girl: this fall’s shredded boyfriend jeans are best worn cuffed with heels, especially if you’re petite.
Designer Ulyana Sergeenko wore a beautiful blue dress of her own design to the Valentino show in Paris, combining it with a gray sweater underneath. A great mix. Detail shot after the jump. (more…)
Happy Halloween, the Goth-iest holiday of them all! This was an amazing look outside the Gareth Pugh show in Paris. Close up of her spiderweb cape, after the jump.
Model Maria Loks wore Dries van Noten’s vertical stripe top when exiting the show in Paris, styling it nicely with a crisp white button down underneath. Also note the running shoes, a popular footwear choice for a lot of models and photographers during fashion week. I definitely had shoe envy!
A super cute but ladylike look outside the Louis Vuitton show. She’s also carrying the new Louis Vuitton bag.
Maria Kolosova of Kyklamasha and Harper’s Bazaar Russia wore a pretty black and white polka dot dress to the Gucci show in Milan. The ace of hearts playing card clutch she carries is by Urania Gazelli – a big hit among the fashion girl crowd. Love how the red matches the lining of the dress. Detail shot of the bag, after the jump. (more…)
A little menswear for you: Vogue columnist Hamish Bowles’s choice of a plaid suit in summer 2013 seems prescient now that plaid is everywhere on the streets for men and women. Also love how his socks match his shirt.
One day during Paris fall/winter 2013 fashion week last February, some photographer friends and I got on the metro to go to the next show and saw the most beautiful girl just sitting there. She was obviously a model, but none of us had laid eyes upon her before. When we introduced ourselves, she said she had only been in one show so far: Prada, which had an exclusive arrangement with her to open and close that show.
That was Amanda Murphy, and in a mere seven months she has become one of the top 20 models in the world, appearing in Prada print ads and numerous runway shows this past fashion week. I don’t know if she still takes the metro anymore, but we’ll be looking for her.
Here are more of the new pants for you, looser, expertly tailored, and a little bit cropped in this case. Another development seen on the spring runways as well as the streets: playing with volume in the back of jackets and tops. Designers like Sacai have taken a cue from traditional Japanese garb and added an unexpected pouf to the back of jackets and tops, as on this one. Click through to see the jacket in profile. (more…)
A really fun moment with Giovanna Battaglia outside the Rochas show in Paris. She wore a (vintage?) Alaia leopard print dress and yellow Fendi bag. Très chic!
What goes into your fashion shopping choices: simply looks, price and quality, or something more? OK, you are probably not as much of a pack rat as this girl in the photo, but fast fashion has made it all too easy to snap up new pieces without thinking much about where they came from or where they will end up.
Meanwhile, try shopping at Whole Foods without the same level of awareness. The food industry has surpassed the fashion industry in labeling products in terms of sustainability, with more consistent, clear standards across the board.
A Clean Future, a think tank dedicated to evaluating and documenting climate change and sustainable initiatives, has developed a survey to gauge consumer awareness of sustainability in fashion. This summer I helped test and tweak the survey before it was released to the public. Take it to share your ideas. They’re using the results to recommend new practices for communicating sustainability information to consumers.
Otherwise the big pile o clothes is just an elephant in the room.
Such a cute black and white rooster print coat on Miroslava Duma at Hermès. It’s by A.W.A.K.E., a new London-based label that was spotted on several tastemakers this past Paris fashion week. The bag is Hermès, the matching black and white spats Valentino.
Another styling note: how to wear fall’s voluminous coats if you’re petite like Miroslava? Cinch them with a belt.