Posts Tagged ‘Fashion people’
For the most part, the famous and fashiony folk who showed up last night at the Metropolitan Museum’s of Art’s gala for the new Punk: Chaos to Couture show elected not to try and dress to fit the evening’s theme. Or if they did, it was ever so blandly: a spike necklace here, some dramatic eyebrows there. Still, there were moments that amused. Like Italian editor Giovanna Battaglia’s safety pin `do.
And Jenna Lyons, who came as a walking Clash lyric.
Also: Debbie Harry, who showed the kids how it’s done.
It seems not quite right that I can’t remember anyone actually wearing Birkenstocks while I was in college, even though they’re the shoe I most closely associate with the kind of hippie chicks my school specialized in—back-to-the-earth types with unshaven legs, Give Peas A Chance T-shirts, ankle beads and secret wealth. I’d imagine this probably has something to do with the fact that directly after graduation, I moved to Seattle, where you would have to stay locked in the house to avoid them. Everyone wore Birkenstocks—not just hippie chicks, but bearded weekend rock climbers and preppy type-A coffee boutique owners, and anyone else who valued comfort over chic. Seattle has come a long way in its style evolution since then—and, as it turns out, Birkenstocks have gotten more fashiony. That’s because ultimately, Birks turn out to be remarkably adaptable: you only come off like a cast member of Hair if you’re already dressed like a cast member of Hair. Check out how completely of a piece this pair looks with the whole outfit here. Perfectly sophisticated and city lady, but totally relaxed too.
Birkenstocks have been talked up in the fashion rags this season, all due to the appearance of two rather auspicious shoes from big-name designers. This one is from Celine, and I don’t know how to explain it to you.
And here’s Giambattista Valli’s.
Somehow—even putting aesthetics aside—these miss the point for me. The fashion people I know who wear Birkenstocks—stylists and market editors who’ve seen so many trends come and go that they’ve adopted uniforms, and who always look pulled together—wear Birkenstocks exactly the way they’ve always been worn. And that’s not as Big Fashion, but as kicking about shoes, a nice alternative to flat sandals for traversing the city on a Saturday, for example, or driving into town for grocery shopping on a country weekend. Here’s Ashley Olsen, wearing another classic style, the Gizeh. The stripes, the jeans, the perfect red bag: it’s as classic an ensemble as a person could imagine—and the hippie chick sandals just fall right in.
Wear ski googles at the first sign of snow. As one does.
As ever, clashy prints were big. Don’t stop piling them on until looking at the outfit you’ve composed makes you a little dizzy.
Also: extra points for clashy prints with clashy hair.
Wear a kittycat hat and you will go far.
The I’ll be totally busted if I’m not back by study hall look was popular.
And texting while accessorizing was photographer catnip.
Models pretending to be bandits was a real sleeper hit.
As was this top-guard-in-charge-at-fashion-prison look.
And above all else: just be cool, and don’t look like you’re trying too hard.
Photos courtesy of The Cut, Vogue, Bazaar, Racked, and Style.com
Fashion Week stops for no one, because to do so would be to risk inciting a (practically Zoolander-ian) International Fashion Incident. Literally—if Proenza gives Schoeuler a case of mono and they decide they need an extra week, London, Milan, and Paris do not cheerily throw up their arms and agree to split the difference. There are serious negotiations about this type of thing, and not the kind that conclude with a big round of double-cheek kisses. So my guess is that, eight inches of snow tomorrow night or not, there will be shows on Saturday. If Diane von Furstenberg and the entire CFDA Board of Directors themselves have to get out there and operate snowplows with the Army Corps of Engineers, there will be shows. And at those shows, there will be editors who leap from Town Car to venue in just exactly whatever footwear they would have chosen were the city an not arctic-style disaster zone, because no matter how ethereal and manicured she may appear, a true Fashion Person has the drive and commitment of a Navy SEAL when it comes to not letting the weather get in the way of a look. Personally I always preferred the editors and stylists who managed to work their big old crazy clomping snow boots into some chic but seasonally appropriate outfit—usually just jeans and a sweater and a scarf, and nothing that a trend-crazed street photographer would stop to snap, but unstoppably chic nevertheless.
Sometimes I look at the accessories Miucca Prada sends down the runway and wonder if she’s having a big laugh on all of us.
And then other times I look at the accessories Miucca Prada sends down the runway, and am amazed I ever even wondered.
Blue hair helps.
Really, the bluer the better.
Scary animals are big.
And scary animals paired with crotchy-shorts? All the better. Especially if you want to go ahead and throw a spiky death-choker into the mix too. In addition to which: a well-deployed, kinda contrasty, kinda matchy twinsy look is street photographer heroin.
When it doubt, go clashy.
No, really clashy.
Now we’re talking.
Attempting a Mommy’s been taking a lot of the pink pills look can be risky, but might just pay off if you low-key it with a quiet color palette.
Never underestimate the power of a good, solid pout.
And if your Chanel bag doesn’t have a lil’ buddy Chanel bag, you might as well pack your bags and go home.
It’s difficult to sum up the vibe in downtown Manhattan on Fashion’s Night Out: You’ve got roving gangs of every fashiony subset you can imagine: Carries, Charlottes, Samanthas, and Mirandas—and the twentyish girls who moved to New York to be them—doing their best to maneuver across the Meatpacking District’s perilous cobbletone streets. Beautiful, androgynous fashion students who’ve made the kind of very risky hairstyle choices involving asymmetrical head-shaving that only the very young and very beautiful can pull off. Well dressed Europeans from hither and yon. And the entire Fashion Industrial Complex, in town for the collections and preparing for their close-ups.
It is, in every possible way, not my scene. I always prefer an intimate gathering to a crowded one, and there are no intimate gatherings on FNO. Still, it is one evening when I do feel compelled to fly the flag. I don’t make many stops, but I try to make them good—and comparatively un-terrifying— ones. Here’s my agenda.
I am currently having a Zero Maria Cornejo love affair: her stuff does not come cheap, but nobody drapes more forgivingly for a woman’s body, ond she works within the most beautiful color palette. Also, she’s added a charitable component to her event: a portion of profits from sales tonight will go to Human Rights Watch.
Oak, one of my favorite purveyors of the black, the white, and the interestingly drapey, is hosting a Cheap Monday pop-up shop. Which excites me, as Cheap Monday has only quite recently popped up on my radar as a great source for reasonably-priced separates.
And not even a block away from Oak on Crosby Street, Benetton has taken over a gas station and installed a pop-up store/gallery/craft workshop dedicated to “The Art of the Knit.” They’ll be selling yarn-covered everything—like even iPhone covers. And this intrigues me.
Then it’ll on to the L train for a visit to Bird in Williamsburg, where they always know how to put on a show (I know, enough with Bird already; but indulge me). They’ve got special pieces designed for the evening by Loeffler Randall, Melissa Joy Manning, Gretchen Jones, and Whit. And a hot dog cart!
I loved Anna Piaggi. I loved seeing her at the shows in all of her wildass getups. The fashion magazine world is full of exceedingly well-dressed women who all wear variations on pretty much the same (very expensive) “It” items-of-the-season, and Piaggi—who wrote for Vogue Italia and other publications for many years—was such a refreshing counterpoint to that. She was a walking piece of art; she was totally punk rock; you could troll the streets of Bushwick looking for some chick even half as cool as her and come up empty every time. Safe travels into the great beyond, Ms. Piaggi. Long may your freak flag fly.
And yet it’s impossible not to. His level of self-love is off the charts. He has no filter whatsoever. And— as GQ writer Alex Pappademas discovered when he was sent to Italy to profile the man behind The Sartorialist—all you’ve really got to do is turn on a tape recorder in front of the guy, and you’re off to the races.
There are many good moments—Schuman snapping a male model outside a show and then declaring the resulting image “a Diane Arbus shot,” for instance. But this is my favorite:
When Schuman—scanning for subjects at a Milan menswear trade show—finds somebody he’d like to shoot, writes Pappademas, he tries to “lead them them away from the glossy signage of the trade show buildings and put them up against old, crumbly walls whenever he can.”
“‘It places them in context,’” [Schuman] says. “When I point out that by positioning them so you can’t see they’re at a fashion trade show, he’s actually, technically, obscuring the context, he says, `Yes, it’s definitely a curated context. It’s my altered reality.”
Which, if anybody should ever make a This is Spinal Tap of the fashion world, is totally the “This one goes to 11″ moment.