thoughts on: the evolution of fashion week.

a literal merry-go-round of fashion; the scene from the chanel f/w 2008 show

fashion week month started a few days ago in new york, and what fashion week means seems to be at a crossroads. alber elbaz and raf simons left lanvin and dior respectively citing the "endless merry-go-round" of fashion and the stifling of creativity as part of their reasoning. while i love the notion of seeing something new, i also understand as a creative person that it's hard to constantly be creative. designers are tasked with doing not just spring/summer and fall/winter collection, but pre-fall, resort, and the like. you need new accessories—the hot bag (chloe faye), the hot shoe (gucci's fur loafer mule). designers once loathed fast fashion, but all fashion has become fast fashion. it's not all fashion's fault. the rise of the digital space—first blogs, facebook, then twitter and instagram, now periscope and snapchat—means that people can see and experience so much more than they used to. demand for new and now is high. fashion shows used to be very exclusive. now it's very inclusive. when you see brands like vuitton, dior using snapchat for resort, givenchy making tickets available to the public, or a brand like saint laurent doing a show in los angeles and livestreaming it, then you know the tides have changed.

last fall, the cfda hired a consulting firm to re-examine what fashion week looks like, but in the meantime, some designers have taken it upon themselves to initiate change by showing in-season. which makes total sense! it's february, it's cold now (in fact, it's was in the 20s today in manhattan). you see a great fur coat or chunky sweaterdress going down the runway. are you thinking 'hm, i need to call my sa and get on the list for that.' no, you're thinking, 'i want to wear that. tomorrow.' it also goes back to the idea of inclusiveness. only celebs and the well-connected were able to wear things straight off the runway the next day. rebecca minkoff was the first to announce she was doing this back in december (she will show her spring 2016 collection, with some items available immediately and the rest within 30-45 days. now brands from banana republic (who will have some styles available right after their presentation on saturday) to proenza schouler (with their new early edition collection, where 8 looks will be available to buy online the day after their show, and shoppable in-person at their soho store) to burberry (who are combining men & women's shows, with full collections available right after the show) and tom ford (showing fall 2016 this september) are following suit. then you have designers like paul smith, cédric charlier, and demna gvasalia of vetements who are streamlining shows, showing only twice a year.

so what does this all mean? with many things, time will tell. for some, the show-now-buy-now model may work. for other, smaller brands, it may not due to financial constraints. some have called for more inclusive shows, like last september's givenchy or this season's yeezy season 3. and what about print publications...they have a longer lead time; by the time you see it in print in vogue, it's old news. for the good and the bad, the change is good—and needed. for me, i'll still be writing about my favorite collections here and pinning my favorite looks on pinterest but i will say i'm having less fomo about skipping the shows this february (and skipping the 20 degree temps) with a livestream is a click away. does that make me part of the problem? i don't believe so. i think it makes me an educated consumer of fashion.

what do you think of the evolution of fashion week?

image via pamplemousseblog


the new look: monochrome.

i'm becoming quite the fan of wearing dresses over jeans (see my first foray here); making it work is really the same as any other outfit equation. it's all about silhouette—putting the right dress over the right bottom. both times i used these j. brand jeans that are super black (and that i cut at the ankle for the perfect length), but a ponte pant or legging would work too. now for the dress, this one is under $50, and i love the flattering wrap neckline and multiple layers of draped fabric. wear it now under jeans, tights or leather leggings, and later with bare legs and a strappy sandal.

all saints jacket, h and m dress worn as a tunic, j brand jeans, manolo blahnik pumps, super sunglasses, céline clutch (similar), zara earrings

photos by lydia hudgens


thinking about: a sequined bomber.

i spotted this bomber jacket over the weekend at h&m, and now i'm thinking i may have to go back and get it. how amazing is it? as long as it's not raining (or snowing), it's a great anytime topper that will take any look to the next level. i'd pair it with either a sexy midi length stretch skirt and my trusty manolos, or this phillip lim blouse, these j.crew jeans (previously seen here), these earrings, and the chanel slingbacks i'm still stalking.

how do you feel about a party bomber?


the new look: jensen.

sometimes you don't realize you need something until you've bought it and think, 'how did i not have these?' case in point, these acne booties. i bought the pistols many moons ago, and they were my day-in-and-day-out black booties. they aren't technically flats though, and while they are perfect for more casual days, they aren't what i'd call dressy.

last year i eyed the jensen, and said to myself 'you don't need another pair of flat black boots,' so i passed. and passed, and passed, and passed. literally kept seeing them on my favorite sites and on pinterest, and i resisted. then after christmas, i was checking out the barneys sale, and there they were. there was another woman about to try on the jensen in black leather and she couldn't decide between that pair or the pistol. she was wearing a cute sweaterdress and blanket coat and i was wearing...well let's just say it was after christmas. she put one boot on each foot and she just looked...sleeker in the jensen. a chelsea boot is a classic (i have a heeled pair) and this one, with the nubuck, metal detail on the toe, and low profile make it a perfect polished ankle boot. the next thing you know, i'm handing the salesperson my credit card (and a barneys gift card). i've since worn them at least a dozen times—which is another sign that a purchase is worth it. (fyi: the marc fisher yale is a good dupe for under $200, and comes in four colors)

asos coat (old, similar), zara sweater (old, similar), citizens of humanity jeans, acne booties, balenciaga bag (new version), oliver peoples sunglasses, soko earrings

photos by lydia hudgens


the new look: polished.

hope you had a lovely weekend, and a safe one, if you were affected by winter storm jonas. i did catch up with my family back east to make sure they were ok, as well as check out lots of fun photos of those enjoying the empty streets in philly and new york. out here we had a break from the heavy rains, so it was nice to get out and spend time with friends new & old and, of course, watch football.

last week i paired three textures/patterns together for a casual look, and this week it's three textures in a more polished look. i always love leather, lace, and silk together, and these pieces are easy (can't beat pull on pants or a slightly oversized shirt) but still sophisticated.

happy monday!

all saints jacket, equipment shirt, j. crew pants (still available online in forest green, love this cropped pair too), manolo blahnik pumps, chanel bag, super sunglasses

photos by alex drysdale


the new look: double denim.

dressing up the denim tuxedo by mixing in stonewashed black jeans, strappy heels, and a fur stole—a look that works for daytime (you could pair this with some ankle booties), or a night out...

madewell jacket, j.crew shirt (old), uniqlo jeans, schutz pumps, yves salomon fur scarf via elizabeth charles (similar), super sunglasses, céline clutch and knot bracelet (similar), giles and brother nail bracelet

photos by alex drysdale


throwback: simply red.

"i can't imagine ever becoming bored with red. it would be like becoming bored with the person you love" — diana vreeland

the harper's bazaar magazines from the nineties are among the best there were, with superb leadership by the late, great liz tilberis and art direction by fabien baron. even the celebrity covers were elevated and not overrun with text as they are today. also striking is how the editorals are so timeless they could be from current issues. take this one from december 1993 by mario testino done in studio with the stunningly beautiful nadja auermann. even beyond the holidays, red is a classic color choice. shop some of my favorites in red below...

"simply red" by mario testino / model: nadja auermann / hair: marc lopez / makeup: francois nars / scans from kelles at the fashion spot