the new look: gray, black, white.

just spending the day hanging out on one of my favorite streets...

mango jacket, banana republic shirt and skirt, coach wedges, chanel bag, linda farrow x alexander wang sunglasses, céline, miansai and eddie borgo bracelets, alex mika and giles and brother rings

photos by alex drysdale


the behind the scenes of couture.

haute couture is a world i will definitely never inhabit, but a girl can surely dream. i love documentaries like signé chanel and the secret world of haute couture where you can watch artisans, seamstresses, set builders, and designers take a simple (or sometimes not so simple) idea and distill it into less than fifteen minutes of amazingness. couture is so high art that in many cases it's not understood by the masses, for example keira knightley's chanel haute couture gown from the golden globes, but it seems with the passing of time that couture houses and buyers are keen to add more street elements to their designs. olga touched on this in her post about things like beanies and 80s-esque madonna gloves popping up this season, but it's also about taking pieces that have been around forever, like a pleated skirt, and reinventing them, making them more grand and romantic than you could ever dream.

dior's raf simons said he was inspired by the mashup of the psychedelic 60s, liberation of the 70s (with a heavy influence of david bowie), and the traditional "ladies who lunch" of the 50s, and you can see it in the clothes and the set, which was made of crazy scaffolding and pepto pink carpet. refinery 29 has a great mini movie on the making of the dress in the first and last photos and you can watch the entire show on dior.com.

runway and detail shots via style.com; backstage and set images from t magazine


the new look: keepin' it real.

was considering getting an oversized jean jacket from rag and bone or current/elliott, but that was until i found this vintage calvin klein oversized one back home over thanksgiving. this entire look is giving me more 80s realness than the one i called "from the 80s" from a couple of weeks ago. i mean i'm wearing a jumpsuit with an oversized jean jacket and stilettos...

vintage calvin klein jacket (similar oversized versions here and here), theory jumpsuit, manolo blahnik pumps, vuitton bag, super sunglasses, amk x sm choker, alex mika and giles and brother rings, eddie borgo and miansai bracelets


the new look: easy does it.

right now, fashion is all about athleisure—it was probably the biggest trend of 2014 that's still going strong into this year. but to me, it's a fine line between a dri-fit tee and a pair of more elevated joggers. i bought this faux leather perforated pair a few years back from intermix (back when kanye invented them...ha) and the style still has legs. and paired with a shrunken sweatshirt, it's the perfect not-really-into-going-back-to-work-after-a-long-weekend look.

194t sweatshirt via ethos, j. crew plaid shirt, intermix faux leather pants (similar), prada pumps and wallet, hermés and miansai bracelets, campbell and giles and brother rings, michael kors earrings, chanel sunglasses


currently coveting: the new classics.

every magazine and website under the sun will tell you the "10 things every woman should have in their closet" or "10 items to own by the time you're 30," some of which i would agree with (my list would include a white blazer, a black blazer, a pair of jeans that you feel great in—the leg opening is up to you—a white shirt, a pair of slim black pants, a pair of knee high boots, and a cashmere sweater in a neutral like grey or cream). as i've gotten older though, i've noticed some new classics that i've been turning to again and again that look great whether you're 23 or 73.

first off, an army green parka, with or without a hood and/or fur trim. you can go the bomber route (like the j.crew one) or a true anorak (with a drawstring at the waist). if you're on a budget, you can find great ones at a local army/navy store (my high school one was from i. goldberg), gap, or zara (the long, fur hooded one above is under $100) or splurge on one from burberry, rag & bone or canada goose.

second, a pair of leather or faux leather pants. i have the helmut lang pants and a pair of vince leather leggings (both found on sale), but again, faux versions can be found from places like free people, zara, and h&m. if you're nervous about going full on (faux) leather, look for ones with a ponte back, like these from banana republic.

finally, some retro-ish sneakers, preferably high-tops. back in the day, i was all about a pair of black vans or chuck taylors, and both are still stylish today. nike has gotten into the mix with their blazer high-tops (i love my pair that i dress up and down) and i'm loving the new color and leather combos, like snakeskin. depending on your style, you can go more neutral or bolder, even colorblocking.

do you have any or all of these in your closet? do you consider them classics or are there other things that are classic to you?

1. j. crew jacket, j brand leather jeans, vans crackled suede sneakers / 2. topshop jacket, helmut lang leather pants, converse chuck taylor hi-tops / 3. zara jacket, warehouse faux leather leggings, nike blazer sneakers


the new look: from the 80s.

taking it back in time again, with a jacket from my own archives. back when november when i was on the east coast, i went through some of my trunks to purge and donate stuff i had kept at my parents house when i loved to san francisco. it was there that i found this bongo oversized black denim moto jacket, and as soon as i saw it, memories of where i wore it came flooding back. because it's a bit large, it's great for layering, which meant it would be perfect for the left coast. after a trip to the cleaners, it was as good as ever.

it's pretty crazy that this jacket is probably over 25 years old and still not only looks great, but is so of the moment. but that's how it is in fashion—what goes around, comes around.

vintage bongo jacket (similar more fitted version), banana republic shirt (old, similar here and here), uniqlo jeans (size 27), shoemint pumps (old), proenza schouler wallet (leather version), linda farrow x alexander wang sunglasses, amk x sm choker, alex mika and giles and brother rings, eddie borgo and miansai bracelets


pre-fall 2015 favorites: k.i.s.s. (keep it simple, stupid).

sometimes fashion is just too...fashion-y. what i love about the in-between collections like pre-fall is now easily digestible the clothing in. in the vein of what i talked about on monday (dressing women of all ages), i saw the collections from ralph lauren, tibi, and the row, and thought these are the epitome of the k.i.s.s rule. nothing complicated, just wearable silhouettes and neutral colors that work with what is already in your closet, but with interesting touches, like pleating and luxe fabrics. except that's not stupid at all—maybe it should be keep it simple...and stylish.

photos via style.com; design by kim mitchell stokes