John Varvatos was recently in town to promote his gorgeous new book on rock and Rroll style, and I had the opportunity to interview him about his inspiration for the book, his favorite photos in it, some of his own favorite pieces of clothing, and lots ore. I’m obsessed with rock and roll fashion, so I was super excited about this interview. Here we are in the poorly-lit conference room at the Clift where were chatted. He’s wearing a Jimi Hendrix-inspired jacket of his own design, which is part of an incredibly cool new collection. Stay tuned for the full conversation at Racked SF this week!
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Don’t ask me why my face is so serious above. I just really wanted to show you my bracelet. But first I want to tell you about my Saturday, when the lovely and talented Aubrie Pick and I hit the Treasure Island Music Festival to hunt for stylish attendees for a Racked SF street style roundup. As you can see, we stalked quite a few fashionable festival-goers. We were like skilled hunters—we moved quickly and precisely and were in and out of there in less that three hours—and managed to enjoy some music and a smoothie while we were at it.
Simon Doonan was in town recently to promote his new book The Asylum: A Collage of Couture Reminiscences… and Hysteria, and I had an appointment to interview him at 2:30pm, ahead of his signing at Barneys at 3 pm. I needed to brush up on him—I knew he’d been a window dresser at Barneys and worked his way up the ranks there, and that he was a snappy dresser himself, but I needed to learn more to do an intelligent interview. So I Googled him (naturally), and came across an excerpt from the book at Slate about Kate Moss. It turned out to be the perfect read before the interview for its extensive discussion about the plusses of being from a “crap town.” He’s from Reading, outside of London, and he writes that Kate Moss is from an equally crap town in a different area outside London, as was the photographer who’s responsible for making Moss a household name.
Red, white and blue and I are having kind of a thing lately. I used to avoid the color combo because it seemed too patriotic during months other than July. But then I decided it also seemed quite French as well as nautical. Frautical! Who’s with me? In any case, I was excited to find this red blazer with shiny gold buttons at the Banana Republic Factory Store—it was majorly marked down, it fit like a glove, and I imagined it being unexpectedly preppy (and Frautical) on this boho-leaning Californian.
Upon exiting the Michael Kors runway show at Lincoln Center in New York, I sensed a swarm. I quickly narrowed in on the target of the buzz: it was none other than Vogue Japan editor and street style queen bee Anna Della Russo wearing golden Tom Ford metal brace boots. And a very short dress. Oh and that’s the T: New York Times Style Magazine editor-in-chief Stefano Tonchi walking with her, ho hum. As you can see, photographers got excited. And while she was stone faced, she humored one photographer’s request to stand in the middle of the street so he could get the shot he wanted. She then walked away, all alone.
Hi, so I might just now be recovering from New York Fashion Week, even though I’m still playing catch up with all the stuff that went unaddressed while I was galavanting on the other side of the country for a week. But still I had to brag a little about how I was in the front row (with my partner in crime, Grace Sun) at the Bibhu Mohapatra runway show with a real live famous person: Olivia Palermo. Maybe it’s more accurate to say she’s a reality TV famous person. Or at this point maybe a fashion famous person, because when I tried to brag about it to my family in Pennsylvania they had no idea who I was talking about. In any case, I have evidence! And while we were seated across the aisle from each other with models tromping between us, I feel we had a connection. I couldn’t see her eyes through those reflective lenses (can you find her in my photos below?), but I could swear she winked at me and cracked a sly smile.
It’s too hot in New York to write a lot of words right now. So I’m going to show you a lot of photographs. I witnessed some stylish and/or quirky folks at and around the shows today. Jenny Packham’s gorgeous runway show was also a breath of fresh air despite the heat. Stay tuned for more tomorrow!
On Saturday I was at a bull riders invitational at Oracle Arena wearing cowboy boots, today I’m at fashion week in New York wearing my spanking new Freda Salvador shoes, which I’m dying for. Life as a style writer is never dull, this much is certain. The best part about the shoes is they have about a one-inch heel, so I expect foot pain will be at a minimum—and this for sure is the first season I’ve been able to say that. (I’m enjoying a bit of a foray into menswear-inspired outfits. The comfort level is making the experiment a potentially permanent situation in my life.)
Stay tuned to Monogram’s Fashion Week Spring 2014 magazine for updates from the shows, street style snaps, and party reports from the heart of the happenings. Have your own missives from NYFW? You can contribute to the magazine too!
One of my favorite designers, Mara Hoffman, presented her collection on Saturday, and these are some of my favorites. It’s always difficult to pick because I love pretty much everything she does. Could you JUST give her a big kiss for this gorgeousness? I love that Hoffman sticks to her aesthetic but manages to keep it fresh every season. In particular I love the way she used black accents in this collection. Also, I wore one of those Guatemalan belts every day during college.
Shop some current and past season Mara Hoffman below, and I’ll catch you in a little while with more NYFW updates! I’ll also be manning the social media for Monogram, follow along on Instagram @monogrammag and Twitter @monogram.
Have you noticed that the use of filters on photographs is kind of out of control these days? Who can resist, right? Everyone seems to look a more appealing after applying the magic touch of “mayfair” or “rise.” But Olay Fresh Effects, wants to encourage you to embrace your real self, sans filters.
To that end, the brand has launched a campaign on their Twitter feed: @FreshEffects. Follow them, and share your #nofilter moments (for example, how you unapologetically love Birkenstocks #hippieatheart). One lucky Stylenik reader who submits will win a months supply of Olay Fresh Effects. And get this: the submission that best embraces the #nofilter philosophy will be brought to life in a sketch comedy short by funny girl duo Carly Aquilino and Jessimae Peluso. How freaking fun is that?
The catch is that today is the last day to enter! So get clicking and tagging; I’ll be doing the same! Just be sure to follow and tag @FreshEffects, and use the #nofilter tag. Good luck!
Last weekend, I had a MAJOR closet clean out. Like, there are spaces between all my hangers now. It’s the most divine feeling ever. I feel like I lost 10 pounds, even though the fact that I did not is precisely why I finally decided to let go of those Acne leather moto pants. It hurt to put them in the box and send them off to Threadflip, but now it feels amazing to have them out of my closet, no longer mocking me with their narrow thigh openings. If you are blessed with thin thighs, you will adore these awesome pants.
There are several more pieces that were tough to part with, including this purple leather bolero that despite wishful thinking did not fit properly, this oversized Margiela clutch that has become difficult to wrangle now that I have a 1-year-old, and these Marni sandals featuring a wood heel and a lovely layer of lucite.
I’m excited that Threadflip is featuring my closet on the first day of New York Fashion Week! I hope all the style in the air will inspire you to shop my closet, as well as my likes on Threadflip—if I don’t get to them first.