Fashion

Fashion Week Street Style: What I Would Have Worn to Milan Fashion Week

This is my third Fashion Week-inspired outfit post. I’ve always wanted to visit Milan, but playing pretend in the alleyway behind my apartment is always a glorious adventure…

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IMG_0810Vintage Versace tee, American Apparel pleated skirt, Jean-Michel Cazabat “Elle” red leather pumps, Alice + Olivia piano bag, Nasty Gal “Nita” shades, necklace a la some random vendor at Bonnaroo Music Festival (—which tent? That tent!), and Zero Gravity “Bestie” iPhone 5/5S case.

As you probably know, it’s custom for Fashion Week attendees to dress based on the city they’re in and the designers they’re seeing—and designers typically debut their new work in their city/country of origin. For my NYC look, I wore a Marc Jacobs skirt; for London, I wore a Reiss hat. So for my Milan-inspired ensemble, I reached for my favorite Italian piece, my beloved vintage Versace tee—‘gotta love Mom’s hand-me-downs! It was an obvious choice, not only because Versace has been one of the most prominent Italian names in fashion for decades, but also because (as I mentioned previously) snapshots of Fashion Week street style revealed that dressing up graphic prints/tees is one of the freshest trends right now. A cool graphic tee can be surprisingly versatile, and I love the challenge of wearing one thing a million ways. I recently styled this outfit with some different accessories (and a lot more hair) at the press preview for the MFA Boston’s amazing Hollywood Glamour exhibit. (If you’re a fashion-enthusiast in Boston, this exhibition is a must-see.) To reboot the look for an imaginary day at Milan Fashion Week, I took cues from Italian fashion blogger/bona fide icon Chiara Ferragni’s girlish flair and penchant for quirky accessories. Who wouldn’t want to walk the streets of Milan in a twirly skirt and bright red heels? My new Alice + Olivia piano purse honestly doesn’t hold much more than a tube of lipstick, but I’m totally obsessed. It’s unconventional, but also has a simple color palette, making it the perfect statement piece for the plainest or funkiest of outfits. Plus, I have a thing for things that look like other things. And don’t forget about tech accessories—fun iPhone cases are the newest way to spice up your accessories, and I think Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Wintour  would approve of my sleek new case featuring their unmistakable, angrily fashionable faces. Stay tuned for my upcoming Paris post…

Photos by Rebecca Browne & Annie Goldman

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Fashion

Fashion Fanhood

What’s on your fashion playlist?

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1Q1A8288Sandro T-shirt and booties; Carmar high-rise ankle jeans, shag coat and beanie all from LF Stores; MARC by Marc Jacobs sunglasses.

As I previously mentioned in a heated rant, those of us who truly love fashion revere our favorite designers and shops the same way all people obsess over music, movies, or any kind of art. So, just like a few choice bands/musicians that speak to your soul probably dominate your iTunes library, the fashion lover’s wardrobe reveals loyalties. Not every outfit I post inspires a witty title, or insight into fashion theory; but every outfit I post, I do because that outfit made me feel good.

Though I don’t limit myself to certain brands or stores, and I consider my style eclectic to the point of no description (I will have two wedding dresses when the time comes), it never surprises me that most of my outfits are comprised of the same familiar names. My first higher-fashion purchase was a MARC by Marc Jacobs cardigan, I have LF Boston on speed dial (I also had an internship with LF Wellesley in high school), and I get text messages from Sandro sales associates in two states. My point? (…other than the fact that I shop entirely too much…) Find the stores and designers that excite you, put them on repeat, and celebrate the fact that there’s someone(s) out there whose creative endeavors help you express yourself.

P.S. Alexander Wang is king.

Photos by Amanda Rosen

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Fashion, Pop Culture

Dressing Up Boyfriend Jeans

Everyone knows that Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen have fashion figured out. They look effortlessly cool everywhere they go, plus they’re the masterminds behind The Row and Elizabeth & James, two of my favorite labels. As you saw in my earlier post, “Like It’s ’92,” going grunge was my first instinct when it came to wearing my beloved boyfriend jeans. Then I saw this picture of fashion’s favorite twins and went gaga for the way Mary-Kate took her distressed boyfriend jeans to a whole new level of off-beat chic by pairing them with black pointed-toe heels:1381227_648681955166468_1986580530_nThough MK (right) appears to be wearing some kind of shag or shearling coat, I emulated her look with my new Sandro turtleneck sweater. (Also, please note Ashley’s amazing green leather jacket.)1Q1A5762

1Q1A5769My very beat-up Ramirez suede kitten pumps are extremely comfortable because they have elastic trim, much like a lot of the ballet flats you see these days. I love them so much I got them in purple, too!

Photos by Amanda Rosen

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