It's no biggie when you and I repeat an outfit head to toe. But when the editor of Vogue Paris Carine Roitfeld does it, it's worth mentioning. It's by no means a fashion crime — remember when Victoria Beckham re-outfitted her favorite gray look in '07? — in fact, it's quite refreshing. She's found an ensemble she adores and she's sticking with it! The first time Carine wore her favorite Balmain Fall '10 LBD was at the Cannes Film Festival last week. And then she wore it again, in the same exact way with Alaia lace-up sandals and a gold necklace, at Louis Vuitton's London store opening this week. She has inspired me to take an outfit I love each season, and make it my signature. Has she inspired you, too?
I have always been an Avedon fan, but after viewing his new exhibit at the SFMOMA "Richard Avedon: Photographs: 1946-2004," I look at the iconic photographer in a new light. A raw, intense, emotional spotlight.
New York-born Avedon was an integral part of fashion in the '60s — you probably recognize Twiggy's hair and Dovima with elephants. These were from his decades as the staff photographer at Harpers Bazaar. He then delved into the zeitgeist of the turbulent '60s, shooting portraits of players in the sexual and intellectual counterculture movements; the Beatles, Allen Ginsberg, Bob Dylan, Malcolm X, and Andy Warhol were all present in one room. One photo that had me mesmerized was a glimpse of Warhol's scar-ridden torso; it was provocative yet melancholy, further feeding into the artistic enigma that is Warhol.
One series in particular intrigued: "In the American West" (1980-85). While it was exciting to look into the eyes of famed writers, artists, political figures, and icons, it was the real people of our country — oil workers, a 13-year-old rattlesnake wrestler, drifters, carnies, waitresses — that evoked life, real humanity.
Avedon passed away in 2004 and this is the only US venue for this exhibition — the first major retrospective of his work since his death. If you happen to be in San Francisco July 11 to Nov. 29, be sure to eat some Avedon for breakfast, it is an utterly fulfilling, eye-opening experience. See some selections from the exhibit.
Finally, some good news. If you have a subscription to WWD, you probably wake up every day to another company reporting negative profits. After months and months, it's quite the downer. True, rock-hard luxury companies like Louis Vuitton are keeping afloat, but how is everyone else doing? WWD surveyed top designers and retail executives, and the outlook was overly optimistic. If you need a pick-me-up or just want to be enlightened, check out my favorite quotes from the article.
Michael Kors: “The good news is in this crazy, terrible economy, I think people’s taste is getting better. They have to think about what they buy and they’re getting a more discerning eye because of it. There are no more shoes you can’t walk in, bags you can’t carry, dresses you can’t sit in. All of that’s finished. It’s like the beginning of Gone With the Wind, ‘This is about a time long, long ago.’ The handbag that’s so heavy I can’t lift it, the shoe I can’t get out of a car in, the dress I have to lean in — those are memories from a time that’s gone with the wind."
Karl Lagerfeld: "You have to have something very quality and fashion at the same time, and the names are the guarantee of all that. That’s why big names are important. That’s why it might be more difficult for smaller companies. Also, Chanel is beautifully run as a company. There are no debts. There’s no healthier business than Chanel."
Remember the fearless Ladies Who Lacroix? Well, they're back, and this time they hit the bars of NYC in the spirit of Vivienne Westwood. In their tailored trousers and skirts, plaids, leathers, brooches, and bustiers, they shimmied their way in style. They even picked up a pack of pirates (coincidence? Cue Westwood's pirate collection Autumn/Winter '92) along the way — fun! Our bar babes prove it's easy to channel fashion's rebellious bad girl; you just need some creativity and tropical drink umbrellas.
To meet the Vivienne Westwood Bar Babes, read more
You want some fashion die-hards, I'll give you some. A friend of mine who works in the fashion department at the NY Post started assembling her friends for "fashion dinners." It is what it sounds like. She picks a designer — the first "dinner" was Chanel — and the lassies dress inspired by the designer and meet for a fabulous meal. When she shared this brilliant idea with me, I said she had to take pictures of the next one. And who was the next designer muse?!
Christian Lacroix was the name of the game, and Lady Mendl's Tea Salon at the Inn at Irving Place was the place. As you can see, my girls did it up in pink, florals, lace, vintage-inspiration, headpieces, and frilly fun. Who was your favorite Lacroix lady? I can't choose, they are all fabulously festive. From Lacroix's Fall Couture collection to NYC party girls, the French couturier's joy lives. Stay tuned for the next fashion dinner!
To see more from the Fab affair, read more
All weekend I tried to shake this image: Lindsay Lohan with a huge Yves Saint Laurent shopping bag. Yes, I am jealous, but I'm also darn curious. I am a devoted shopper and therefore always like to know what other people purchase. It's exciting. That said, my imagination ran wild trying to imagine what Lindsay bought. Rest assured, she wore her new red YSL platforms the next day. I knew she got shoes! If she got a bag, I may be hatin'.
Here's the fun part. I tried to imagine what I would buy if I could afford a YSL shopping spree. You may remember what Team Fab and PartySugar bought when the house's founder passed away. The Fall collection is razor-sharp and already arriving in stores. A couple gorgeous bags, a couple enviable shoes, and some not-so-basic basics would be my picks of the litter.
To see my YSL wish list, read more
Ding-dong, Vogue special delivery. Say what?! It's not every day one gets an urgent marked box from the fashion bible. Open, and find the hefty September issue encapsulated within a clear sleeve attached to handles. If you can manage to ignore the bewildering Keira Knightley on the cover, it's quite a cool gimmick. Since you probably can't fit all 798 pages in your handbag, no worries, just carry as-is. It's even protected from the elements — you know, PETA advocates and thunderstorms — with the vinyl overlay. In a dark time when fashion magazines are struggling to stay afloat, such shenanigans are sure to impress.
To see more of the goods, read more
Exchanging double kisses is not only standard in fashion circles, it's a sign of sisterhood (or brotherhood, depending). It's like a secret handshake among best friends. Nordstrom's Fall Designer Preview reminded me yet again of this, so I thought I'd provide a tutorial. Before your video lesson, it's important to know that French, Italian, Armenian, and other Mediterranean cultures do double kisses even outside of fashion events. And, unless you've been doing it since adolescence, it's hard not to fear bumping heads with your kisser. My advice is not to think too hard about it and let nature guide you. But first watch the video for specifics. xx
My parents moved in college. Painfully, one Summer I had to go through all my adolescent memorabilia and clean house. I had years and years of fashion magazines and my mom was serious about downsizing seeing as how I didn't even have a bedroom to put my stuff in (boo).
My ADD went into full effect when I was cleaning out and I spent hours flipping through past issues of Vogue, W, Bazaar, The Face, ELLE and whatever else I consumed during my years of angst. Alas, fashion was/is my salvation so I could not part with these images. I decided to put my favorite ads and editorials in binders to preserve them.
Once in a while I flip through the binders to admire the pages of fashion circa 1990-2000. When supermodels reigned, Liz Tilberis was the Editor of Bazaar and grunge gave way to minimalism. Oh look, there's Diane Kruger modeling for Emanuel Ungaro before she was an actress, looking sultry as always. And Chloe Sevigny, right around her Kids debut, modeling for Miu Miu. The ever-evolving Drew also looking wonderfully alternative in a Miu Miu ad. Interesting how all three budding stars are Fab favorites.
Celebrity models are nothing new, but this is when it was.
To see Chloe Sevigny and Drew Barrymore modeling for Miu Miu, read more
Something about viewing go-see Polaroids of models seems invasive, but cool. It's almost like getting a sneak peek of your favorite models in the comfort of their own home, without tons of makeup, without all the serious posing. For those who aren't familiar with modeling jargon, a go-see is an appointment arranged by the model or her agency as an opportunity to interview with clients. Models are asked to keep their face bare and their clothes simple and form-fitting. That's because designers and magazine editors want to see the real girl, sans all the fluff. Here are a bunch of go-see Polaroids that cast a new light on some of your favorite models, including Gemma Ward (left), Erin Wasson, and Daria Werbowy.