I have to admit: I don't love feeling cold, but I do love looking like I'm ready for the cold. Fair isle, fuzzy faux fur, beanies, arm warmers ($98), thermals, ponchos ($72) — they're all part of the cold weather fun. If you have an upcoming snow trip planned or just want to get the look minus the freeze, we've tracked down some fabulous ski-inspired pieces to help you look chic to the max from the slopes to the streets. Brr — can you feel the chic chill?
In honor of the Fourth of July, I bring you a special edition of Girls on Film: W's American Dreamin' editorial in the Dec. '08 issue. It features the hottest crop of models — Eniko Mihalik, Lara Stone, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Sessilee Lopez, and Aline Weber — taking on confident all-American characters. From potato chips to American flags, cowboy hats to plaid shirts, it's pure Americana, and there is no better time for it than now. I am especially intrigued by the juxtaposition between the quirky props and glamorous gowns. Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin capture the madness in LA. American dreamin'!
Carlos Miele loves his homeland Brazil so much — can you blame him? — he took his Spring '09 ad campaign, shot by Michael Roberts, on location there. Ipanema Beach and the Dois Irmãos Mountain in Rio de Janeiro served as the most exotic backdrop to the vibrant, silky gowns. "I was inspired by the dance between the woman’s body and Rio’s nature," the designer said. The models Miele chose to capture the essence of Brazil are natives Aline Webber and Emanuela de Paula. The contrast between their skin and hair makes for a magical partnership. And the ethereal dresses? I can't stop drooling. Cue the bossa nova music and it's golden.