Insta-Critic: New Takes on Old Patterns Saturday at MFW

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Stripes, psychedelics, houndstooth…the list goes on. The Saturday shows at Milan Fashion Week were all about print play as designers proved they’re still finding inventive ways to remix old classics.

Bottega Veneta

Show-goers agreed that this season marked a serious style departure for Bottega Veneta. Designer Tomas Maier was clearly feeling bold: his tailoring featured big, sharp shoulders and menswear references, while arty, geometric brush strokes and dots suggested a new enthusiasm for pattern.


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A graphic poncho at Bottega Veneta

Brian Atwood

Based on the glimpse we caught on Instagram, Brian Atwood’s collection featured plenty of lust-worthy boots. We noticed the rubber boots in monochromatic harlequin prints but the real stand-outs were those ridiculously high leather and suede boots–which will replace pants altogether when paired with cozy sweater dresses come fall.


Sky-high boots at Brian Atwood


Saturday marked the end of Peter Dundas’s six year tenure at Pucci. The creative director signed off injecting his unapologetic penchant for rock ‘n roll into the house’s trademark psychedelic prints. A bevy of black and whites kicked off the show, and things closed with form-fitting dresses illustrated with astrological motifs inspired by each model’s zodiac sign.

Llega la colección #FW15 de @emiliopucci, a cargo de su Director Creativo, @peter_dundas. #Repost #EmilioPucci #PeterDundas

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Graphic dressing at Pucci

Jil Sander

Creative director Rodolfo Paglialunga sent out tailored, wearable, architectural looks inspired by a ’70s sense of color experimentation while staying true to the label’s modern, minimalist aesthetic.

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Cool cross-hatched separates at Jil Sander

Ermanno Scervino

Scervino’s collection opened with high-end takes on the puffer (reminiscent of Fendi last week). These arctic-tundra-chic looks were followed by monochrome dressing in bold royal blue. Finally, there were a host of looks dedicated to houndstooth: Scervino playfully abstracted and scattered the pattern across dresses, jackets, and even chubby fur coats. No matter the look though, models sported brooding, dark lips throughout the show.

Houndstooth dresses backstage

9 Amazing Non Duck Boots to Get You through the Snow This Winter

The weather outside is frightful 🙁 🙁 🙁

…Oh, and we live in a world where there’s a 100,000 person wait list for LL Bean’s classic duck boot. So having accepted those classics as a foregone possibility, we’re offering up some high-fashion options that will still keep your feet warm and dry.

Throwback to the early aughts in these otherworldly Pucci moon boots.
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Believable as an outdoorsy shoe but secretly far more chic than utilitarian, thanks to the ridiculously plush shearling lining. The Aerin Keel boot is the dream of everyone who prefers their aesthetic be described as such: “I went to college in Maine and I totally hiked, I just did it it expensively.” This, by the way, is not necessarily a bad thing. Gorsuch also carries these in a more chocolate hue.
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Another pick from Ms. Aerin Lauder, for the liberal arts student in all of us. The Alina boot has a lambskin shearling lining that would definitely make it easier to leave the house and step out into a snowy abyss.


For the days when the snow has turned to slush, you can pretend you’re too serious and fashionable to be kicking through it joyously (while doing just that) knowing these Hunter x Rag & Bone rain boots won’t let anything in. David Neville and Marcus Wainwright have added chic tweaks in the form of a zipper and an angled top.
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Stuart Weitzman amps up the style factor of a practical lug sole with goatskin and PETA friendly faux-fur lining.
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These Burberry wellies have leather trim. I would wear these even if it isn’t raining or snowing.
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These Jimmy Choos look equally good rolled down/shearling exposed or high up and laced.
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La Canadienne is a go-to for reliable weatherproof shoes. These shearling boots are almost as good as sweatpants, and being over-the-knee keeps them on trend.
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Sorel’s Tivoli Boot comes in a chic navy. P.S. We are all about black and navy. No questions asked.
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If all else fails, or your boots are fine but for those icky salt stains, we recommend Boot Rescue wipes.

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But First, Let Me Take A Scarfie

Josh Tuckley photographed by Victor Demarchelier for Wonderland UK, September 2011

Sick and tired of trudging to the mall (where do you live, Wichita?) in search of the perfect Pucci scarf? Don’t you just want to know how it’s going to look before you trek out to try it on? Fortunately, Emilio’s made it easy for you. And — and! — it combines a virtual dressing room with what is undoubtedly your favorite activity: the venerated selfie.

Enter: the Emilio Pucci Scarfie app. Choose a pattern, choose a colorway, choose your best angle, and werk. Pucci’ll publish the best scarfies online.


Holiday Shopping at Resurrection Vintage

World-renowned vintage shop Resurrection is making all your shopping wishes come true this year. Hosting a series of high-fashion vintage events, their NYC and LA stores will be stocked with stylish designer pieces from past decades. Get your hands on this decadent Dolce & Gabbana Jewel and Charm Bustier or Black Corset Dress with Drape Detail. May this holiday season find your closet brimming with fabulous vintage finds.

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Model Diary: Spending the Weekend Shooting for Russian ‘Glamour’

Let me start off by saying that I’m still quite a nobody in the fashion world. Yes, I work as a model, but I don’t identify as just that. I worked my ass off in university and graduated with an honor’s degree in English literature, and decided to take a year (or two) off to model full-time, to travel and make money for grad school and other life investments. This past weekend I flew to LA to shoot with Josh Jordan for Russian Glamour. I booked the job Thursday night, flew out Friday evening, and took the redeye back on Saturday. (I’m still feeling guilty about my carbon footprint.) We shot the entire story at the Chamberlain Hotel in West Hollywood, and since we were quite a big team—about 11 or so—we really usurped the place. Poor guests were driven away from the rooftop pool due to our invasion, and others couldn’t walk through the lobby without profuse apology for interrupting our shoot. They didn’t need to apologize: we were the ones interrupting them!

Josh was working with natural light, so we had to shoot as quickly and relentlessly as possible. Since we were two models, one of us was always on standby while the other finished. The story featured the best Spring 2011 pieces from every major design house, including a soft rose Pucci dress embroidered with tiny mirrors and a Chanel short tweed suit with matching boots. My two favorite looks, though, were the long, bright yellow, floral D&G dress and this ensemble from Anne Valerie Hash, which combined tulle and silk in muted earth and sea tones.


Being in LA for the day made me very aware of New York’s ever-looming winter, but I’m happy I didn’t stay for longer. I’m not a big fan of sunburns and automotive transportation. It’s nice to be back in New York, where part of the joy of drinking coffee is warming up one’s hands, and where I can get some great reading done on the subway. Off to do that now, on my way to castings.