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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Boston, Fashion

Think Pink

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1Q1A9156Pants from Nasty Gal, American Apparel spandex crop top, Jeffrey Campbell lucite heels, necklace from Lola’s Urban Vintage truck at SoWa.

Remember when I told you how easy it is to change up a standard fashion formula with different prints, colors, and styling? Though the basic components to this look mimic outfits I’ve posted before, the solid pink pants and fun necklace give a fresh take on one of my favorite silhouettes. Pink is back in a big way (embrace it!), and statement jewelry can bring a lot more range to the most basic pieces in your wardrobe. Lola’s Vintage Urban truck is the perfect place to find unique pieces like this necklace. Owner Nicoletta Lyons (who hand makes lots of the accessories herself) has created a vintage mecca for Boston’s fashion risk-takers, and it’s literally on wheels. Plus, the prices are amazing.

Photos by Amanda Rosen

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Beauty, Fashion

Midi Skirt

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1Q1A8651Striped cropped tee & wool hat from Nasty Gal, American Apparel button-up midi skirt, Sandro booties, sunglasses from Urban Outfitters.

Midi and calf-length skirts leave a little more to the imagination. Pair a flowy silhouette like this with a cropped top/sweater for a balanced daytime look.  American Apparel also does this skirts in a variety of prints that scream festival fashion.

Photos by Amanda Rosen

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Sleek, Simple & Classic

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1Q1A8619 - Version 2Sandro ‘two-in-one’ jumper, Carmar jeans from LF, Jeffrey Campbell heels, Chanel eyeglasses.

I might be the only person on earth who ever prayed for impaired vision, but I’ve always envied people with glasses, so I felt nothing but joy when I recently found out I’m no longer part of the 20/20 club. These slightly oversized Chanel frames with a subtle cat eye—and this whole outfit—are a nod to my mother, the chicest person I know, and whose eyeglass collection might seriously rival Iris Apfel’s. (The lipstick is a nod to Iris.) My Sandro sweater is actually all one piece, creating the illusion of a collared shirt underneath without the bulk of layers. The ultra skinny jeans and minimal sandals with a lucite heel elongate the look and keep it super sleek.

Photos by Amanda Rosen

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