It’s been almost 9 years since I started working in fashion (and about 13 since I got really passionate about it) and I still don’t get why London Fashion Week doesn’t get the credit it deserves from the fashion crowd. Besides being one of my favorite cities in the world (I like it a lot more than New York, honestly) London has that creative juice that’s not flowing, it’s almost boiling – on the runway and on the streets. It’s less sophisticated, less calculated and definitely more comfortable and colorful than the rest. All I can ask for.
After a (veery) long hiatus from the blog caused by vacations, personal problems and general laziness (sorry) I’m back with sharing the thing I like sharing the most: fashion week street style! One thing I’d like to note about this particular NYFW street style bunch (that you may not know or get looking at the photos) but the weather was absolutely TERRIBLE in NY during fashion week. It was rainy, humid, extremely hot, unexpectedly cold on some hours during the day – it was a complete nightmare to dress to. So at every single image, every single outfit, please appreciate how these amazing women can hold it together because I was sweating out of every single hole on my body. New York people really do have some super powers I guess, always looking enviably cool being one of them.
Fashion’s most stylish (and stylishly controversial) night has come and gone with in my opinion one of the most exciting themes ever: Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. To people who don’t know what it is, MET Gala is the opening of Costume Institute’s exhibition for that year where guests are supposed to dress up according to the theme (and not take it too literal), most of which unfortunately fail every year. It’s also a night where Rihanna always wins. Always. For this year’s theme there was lots to work with; embroidery, fabrics like jacquard or velvet, religious symbols, spiritual elements (such as saint and evil), structure, shape and more importantly head pieces. If none of those work for you, it’s quite the opportunity to make a perfect statement like Lena Waithe.
I never thought a day would come (before I turn 50) that I’d spend hours and hours lusting after pearl necklaces and earrings but it turns out all it takes is finding out there’s a disfigured, less polished and more rugged option out there: baroque pearls (or nucleated pearls). Thanks to brands like Esra Dandin, Sophie Buhai and 1064 Studio, we now have a lot of gorgeous options to shop from, price range $100 – thousands. Tip: pair pearl jewelry with chunky or delicate metal pieces you already own to make the look less girly and more quotidian.
Almost as if everyone knew of the importance of being at last fashion week that will host a Céline collection that came out of hands of Phoebe Philo (it was an interim collection but you could see Phoebe all over it), the streets were like a homage to the designer and the brand that shaped almost every wardrobe of every woman around the world (even if you never owned a piece of Céline, you were a part of the aesthetic she created by wearing pieces of Zara, Mango, H&M or countless other brands and new designers that were “inspired” by her). The madame boots, printed turtleneck tops, pleated skirts, cropped jacket with the “tail” – it was everywhere. Here are my favorite looks from Paris Fashion Week streets, living proof of how much we’ll miss Phoebe. Forever.