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.

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  • Lauren w

    Perfect. Love all the collections.


  • Reptilia

    Love The Row collection!!
    Amazing shows!



  • i want want want one of those theyskens theory skirts ( and the matching boots please)


  • SylviaETC

    Totally loving the skater skirt with boots, simple but kind of perfect !
    … and wow for the super-exquisite organza flowered mules from the Row !!


  • Rena Smith

    Nice colours at Karen Walker, refreshing but still wintry!


  • Jennifer

    Love the deep colors!

    xo Jennifer


  • Grandy Katega

    What beautiful collections and I just love your round ups, Phillips lim’s line once again re-ignites my love for it as I just love every look more than the last & I must say this post has converted me from my undying hatered of anything resembling a knee or thigh high boot but it seems if styled to perfection by genius stylists and accompanied by anything 3.1 Phillip Lim they can look rather lovely! Whilst I would probably still not be sporting them anytime soon Phillip Lim’s line has taught me to be able to atleast admire them from afar afar, aha xo


  • monkeyshines
  • marinacasapu

    Oh my, the P.Lim leather pants are amazing!!!

  • The 90s rule!

  • Great review!

  • Domonique

    “If you can’t laugh with it, why are you wearing it?” may just be my new mantra in life!


  • Breakfast at Cindi’s

    Obsessed with the deep, rich colors of next season.

    Breakfast at Cindi’s

  • Eva

    Totally in love with the Theyskens Theory show, absolutely perfect! The skirt with the oversized sweater, the gorgeous boots and those quilted trousers! Want it all! xx


  • Charlotte Everaert

    in love with the Phillip Lim collection..
    xo Charlotte – aliceroxy


    I can’t even select my top 5 from 3.1 Philip Lim, it’s all so exciting, and so wearable

  • i hate to pick favorites in fashion but if i could wear only philip lim, olivier theyskens, and alexander wang that would be a-ok with me.


  • Vicki Archer

    That oxblood is fab, and I’m loving Philip Lim…can’t wait to get my hands on these pieces in the autumn!… xv


  • Will Code For Clothes

    Fashion week is so intense and requires some serious durability in strength to keep going. Probably the most some people get out of the house on consecutive days every year!
    SIDENOTE* I can get those phillip lim boots and die happy.


  • mulberry&melrose

    hooray for philip lim! love love love -S


  • sophie

    Thanks for the recap, good to have you on our side! http://archiveseven.blogspot.com

  • Melin

    I desperately need that turtleneck onesie.

  • B.

    Phillip, thank you.


  • Felicity

    Those Theysken’s boots are magnificent, I must have them (disclaimer: I can’t afford them). I do love the navy coat with da fuuuuurrrrr. On myself I tend to subscribe to the theory that less is more, but that is mostly because I am short and if you put too much clobber on me, I end up looking like a big pile of stuff as opposed to an actual human. Which is sad, but never mind. x


  • sialsiquiero

    We are such of big fans of your daily reports, looking forward for the next one

    Sí al sí quiero

  • mandy

    Your blog is so inspiring! Can’t wait for the book!:)


  • Lola Lagerfeld


    Great Post

    L O L A – L A G E R F E L D BLOG




  • karen walker was rad. so fun and unexpected as usual. loved theory too. the aspect of being able to actually wear stuff off the runway vs. have stuff on a runway no one will ever wear is appealing.



  • Namrata

    I like the collections by Olsen twins. Always very minimal and clean. But the onsie, and the organza flowers! Haha. You never fail to crack me up!


  • Love your accurate description of every collection. I know 3.1 phillip Lim is your favorite… mine is too. so far. loveyou always….

  • exploringtheglobeonhighheels

    Totally in love with the coat on the cover page!Thank you fro the great description


  • The Provoker

    I know you well enough to know you too are OBSESSED with Phillip Lim this season, omg all the texture, the bags, the shoes, the sunnies… I’m investing most of my fw13 budge on him fo sho! I’ve just posted two Olympia Le-Tan handmade clutches that masquerade around as BOOKS! Total fashion escapism accessories, please do tell what you think on my investment on these new clutches I mean books lol ;p

    xx The Provoker

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  • Lauren

    Love you recaps… who takes the pics? We just blogged about the looks we are lusting over so far— feel free to check it out if you want!!


  • so in love with phillip lim’s collection! and balstaff’s outerwear…DROOLING!!


  • @ashleyrowe photographed @ManRepeller for @FondMagazine blog so my life is complete: http://fond-magazine.com/blog/

  • The Phillip Lim boots are AWESOME! And Karen Walker is always a must see

    <3 Paula Shoe Fiend

  • Love The Row, Love this blog, so inspired…


  • Well, plaid is forever! But over the knee shoes? Not so much…


  • Pauline Lim

    Less is more! Really loving the effortless looks!

    xx from the philippines!