Placket Racket: A Selfie Series

As I skimmed the Spring 2014 Ready to Wear collections for gems, pinning like a madwoman, I marveled at at the sheer number of sheer numbers – that is, completely transparent blouses, dresses, pants, skirts – that fistfuls of designers trotted out. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a season with more model nipples. I had just finished Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart, and dystopic visions of sheer Onionskin jeans were... Read More

Shine Bright Like A…Well, You Know.

Save your aluminum foil for spring, ladies – it’s time for some high shine. The metallics that are gracing the runways of New York and London thus far this fashion season are bright and more blindingly Reflektor than Arcade Fire’s new single. Below are some strong examples from New York (other gilded beauties showed up at Anna Sui, Reem Acra, Rodarte, Sass & Bide, Assembly, Creatures of Comfort, Tocca, and many more). From left:... Read More

The Scarlet Letter

Paris Fashion Week closed in a desert of beige, caramel, and taupe, but the drama found its way in through the back door.  A trickle of lavish color seeped into collections from New York to Paris.  Blood-red velvets, leather, jacquard and lace insinuated themselves across a wide swath of collections, reminding me that on some level we’re still feeling our fangs and thirsting for something dark and rich. Altuzarra (Sigrid Agren), Alexander Wang... Read More