This New York Fashion Week I have three go-to pairs of shoes lined up: pumps, wedge boots and flats. In general, living in New York entails a lot of walking – especially if you have little patience like myself and get anxious when you're beached in a cab sitting in traffic. So, comfort is always key whether I’m in five-inch heels or flats.
Chuckies Minx Wedges are killer in the best sense of the word. I had to get them stretched because they were a little too tight at first (they’ll do it for free in the store), but they now drape perfectly over my go-to DL1961 Emma jeans (I plan on living in these pants this week). They’re super comfortable so I can literally wear them from day-to-night and be completely blister-free. The heel is about three inches, which is perfect to give me some height/elongate the look of my legs without leaving my calves strained. I’m wearing these today since I plan on going straight from shows to the opening of Vanessa Bruno's SoHo pop-up store at 131 Greene Street (in true Parisian style, the invite promises champagne and Ladurée macarons).
Not all outfits work with knee-high boots, however, so I also have Sergio Rossi pumps lined up for the week. I’m obsessed with their signature platform style and have gotten lucky and have purchased two out of the three pairs I own on major sale at Intermix. The black ones are incredibly versatile and just like the Chuckies boots, never leave me with blisters. They do, however, weigh on my knees and calves so I always make sure to have a pair of flats with me when I plan on wearing them. Yosi Samra’s flats are awesome because they come in every color of the rainbow and can be rolled up for portability. They’re kind of like your most trusted best friend – they’re always there for you in case of an unexpected emergency. Plus, since they come in countless iterations, you can match them with just about any outfit so it will go completely unnoticed – even amidst a fashion crowd – that you’re wearing flimsy little ballet flats.
While we're on the subject of fashion films and watching movies you don't really understand…
Today, Prada sent around its Spring 2013 campaign video, to accompany the print ads the brand released in December.
Shot by Steven Meisel who (along with Annie Leibovitz and Terry Richardson) is one of the only three people in the world who knows how to operate a camera, the short film stars ten of today's top working models: Vanessa Axente, Saskia de Brauw, Irina Kravchenko, Eva Herzigova, Sung Hee, Irene Hiemstra, Kirsten Owen, Sasha Pivovarova, Maartje Verhoef and Raquel Zimmermann. Whew.
(It appears that although Amber Valletta was in the print ads, she didn't make it into the video. Dun dun DUN.)
I would describe the campaign film to you, except I wasn't kidding when said I didn't understand it. I have no idea what it means or what's going on, except that the featured models are being really whimsical and talking about flowers as petals flutter all around them, and it's supposed to be mysterious but they're clearly in a photo studio so I'm a little insulted by how the video keeps insisting that no one knows where the flowers came from, because clearly they are a prop. And then there's this dramatic moment when a rocks glass tips over and all these clear marbles spill out while Vanessa Axentehave just looks on, bored — like of course the drinking glass would be filled with marbles, that happens all the time!
I do have to say yay yay that Prada included their geisha shoes.
If you haven't seen the Lizzy Caplan spoof of fashion films and the arty white girl fashion bloggers they appeal to, the video is waving and winking at you below.
If you're the kind of person that can't spend more than thirty seconds on Tumblr without your eyes rolling into the back of your head, you'll for sure appreciate Caplan's snarky take on the kinds of Zooey Deschanel wannabes that can't stop talking but don't have anything to say.
In the end though, it's not clear whether filmmaker Matthew Frost's main target is the hipster fashion girl or the fact that the fashion film is a commercial product masquerading as art. Aspiring Manic Pixie Dream Girl types can for sure seem insufferable for their self-indulgence and sense of entitlement, but they're really not hurting anyone. The fashion art film, on the other hand, exists as part of a system which perpetually conflates consumption with deeper satisfaction. And also: yeah, most fashion films are boring and dumb.
Florence Welch’s style is envied by many, and there aren’t many Brits who can say that their own natural sense of style has gone on to influence the likes of fashion power houses Gucci and Chanel. Let’s face it, if you can count Karl Lagerfeld amongst your fans, can your fashion credentials really get any bigger seal of approval?
If lusting after her wardrobe and constantly having her tunes on repeat inside our heads wasn’t enough, now we’ve also heard the exciting news that she’s released her own capsule jewellery collection. Her first line has been inspired by her album "Cermonials," and features a range of art deco themed cuffs, earrings and rings which will make the perfect purchase for this year’s forthcoming festivals.
You’ll also be pleased to know that she’s still in touch with the real world despite her dalliances within the luxury fashion sector, as she’s kept the price points of her new collection rather modest. Ranging from £20 – £50, you can channel Florence without breaking the bank!
She’s also given the range the rather cute name of Flotique, and all of the pieces are available to buy on her e-commerce site. So, if you’re a big fan of Flo’s vintage-come-ethereal style, then we suggest you check out the capsule collection soon, as it’ll definitely be a sell-out.
The Fall 2013 shows at New York Fashion Weekare about to kick off and given the frigid weather, it's more important than ever to think ahead and make sure I have all my essentials ready to go. I never know who I'm going to run into in New York City, but during Fashion Week, I'm guaranteed to see plenty of people I know, so looking my best is key. When it comes to makeup, everyone's best friend is a good foundation because, well, everything looks better when pores, fine lines, wrinkles and blemishes are visually minimized. Currently, I'm loving Elizabeth Arden's Flawless Finish Sponge-On Cream Makeup ($36.50), a cult classic that has been around for decades but was recently revamped to be even better than ever.
The foundation's creamy texture is perfect for when you're on the go and need something that will take you from day to night. It comes in a toteable two-tier compact for quick touch-ups which is crucial because no one wants to spend more time in the cramped bathrooms set up inside Lincoln Center's Fashion Week section than necessary. The texture is also lightweight so you can set it with powder without dehydrating your skin, something that's especially important given the dry air that inevitably comes with winter. In fact, the steadfast color base will stay put for 12 hours*, no matter how many layers of scarves and face masks you've put on (just remember to prep your skin with a primer). It's also infused with micronized diamond powder to reflect light, so odds are you won't need to apply highlighter on top of the foundation, at least not for your everyday look, since the foundation works to boost luminosity and radiance.
Now I'm headed off to start my Fashion Week at the BCBGMAXAZRIA show with my other best friend: my mother!
*Based on a US clinical study of 31 women aged 18-65 over a 12 hour period.
Hey, here's Lindsay Lohan at the amfAR Gala looking pretty and healthy and happy. I keep hoping for a LiLo comeback and I think I can make out the beginnings of one in the rosy glow of her cheeks. [AmyGrindhouse]
NYFW officially kicked off with the BCBG show early this morning and if you want to know what the deal was backstage use your mouse to hover over the link which immediately follows this sentence. [BellaSugar]
This is an A+ headline: "Marchesa's New Contemporary Line Gives the Term Fancy Pants a Whole New Meaning." (Also: news you can use.) [Fashionologie]
Did you miss Prabal Gurung's Target party? It's a hard life. [FabSugar]