Lessons from Day 5
It’s kind of like high school, but not at all.
Day 5? Day 5 and a half? Day 6? I’m not sure. The morning started at Belstaff where the kings of practical, utilitarian, and equally luxury outerwear spun back to their roots in a generous plethora of waxed cotton silhouettes extending rather far beyond the confines of jackets. The color scheme remained consistent with those of the collection’s contemporaries, abiding quite strictly by a palette of black, navy, green and burgundy. Actually, no, I’m pretty sure that’s oxblood. Lesson learned: Belstaff is back, baby. (Also, that white (faux) fur looks darling inside a navy coat.)
On display at Theyskens Theory: the mini skater skirts, shorts (in emerald pony hair, no less), knee-high boots, and hip hugging, ass-diminishing low-rise pants percolating through many of the season’s collections crafted using a formula indigenous only to Olivier Theyskens. Lesson learned: with the right pants and sweater (see: look farthest right) maybe less really is more. Also, though: by parting my hair straight down the middle and gelling back the two chunks of front pieces, I can create a sleek hairstyle, too. DIYables win again.
There were lots of lessons to learn at 3.1 Phillip Lim. First and foremost: that Sono Mama does not mean “your mom,” which I’d originally thought a fairly comical and esoteric nod to real, whole, true 90s culture. What is actually means? “As it is” or “without change” in Japanese. Second: that leather pants including brown knee patches and sparing white stripes make all other leather pants feel rather impotent. Third: that over the knee pumps and sandals are not a manifestation of my imagination, it is happening and we will do it, and finally: that plaid shall continue to reign. I hate to play favorites but…I think you know what I’m going to say.
As for Karen Walker, bright slouchy coats that also come in green and bowspenders that will not work without an undershirt. I am always particular about this collection because it seems to encapsulate the indie spirit of fashion for fun and the sake of having fun really well. Why not wear a pink suit made from a cotton fabric so wholly reminiscent of the blanket of my childhood? Lesson learned: if you can’t laugh with it, why are you wearing it?
And finally, the most important lesson on Monday hailed from the Upper East Side townhouse that the Olsen twins rented to preview their Fall collection. The clothing continued to maintain the meat of its classic, simple, effortless ethos but in look #1, which featured a knit turtleneck onesie underneath layers of appropriate outerwear, practicality and utility prevailed. Lesson learned: if your body is warm who cares about your feet. Give me black organza flowers and I will wear them.