As the weather starts to chill, we see stylish ladies in the world’s fashion hubs boot up. Although ankle-grazing booties are still popular, many fashion fans are taking their footwear to dramatic heights with thigh-high, over-the-knee boots.
Wearing an OTK (that’s industry shorthand) can initially seem daunting. Their sexy thigh-circling style might feel like too much for daywear or, for many, too much for any hour. Non-leggy ladies may also fear that their height will cause less-than-supermodel-length stems to seem squat. These are valid concerns, but we have a couple of tips to allay them.
Sofie Valkiers and Evangelie Smyrniotaki at Paris Fashion Week
A simple mini sheath dress is the easiest article of clothing to pair with extra-tall boots. These dresses keep things neat and short, allowing the boots to stand out, which they’ll do no matter what you wear. But by not overwhelming your look with too many layers or accessories, the boots act as an essential part of, rather than an excessive addition to, the outfit. Petite ladies will have the best success with this dress and boot combo.
MORE TIPS (AND PICS) ON BOOTING UP
This month’s Olivia Kim-curated Pop-In shop – Pop-In@Nordstrom: Faded – focuses on unique, easygoing style for men and women, combining broken-in fabrics and precision craft. Here we zero in on one of our featured brands, Atelier & Repairs.
As embedded in the fashion industry as Maurizio Donadi is—he’s worked for major brands and consults for several more—he’s ambivalent about it in general, questioning what it is and why it operates the way it does. Why so much mass-produced excess? And why so serious?
With Atelier & Repairs, he creates a unisex line in limited quantities where every piece is completely unique. Perhaps most characteristic of his approach are A&R’s vintage military pants, reinforced with fun/functional patchwork and artistic crotch gussets.
He spoke to us on the phone about the difference between transformation and production, his concept of “de-militarizing” military clothes and how he doesn’t ship internationally because he doesn’t want to burn airplane fuel.
SHOP: Pop-In@Nordstrom: Faded | Atelier & Repairs patchwork cargo pants | Chamula boots
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Feel that chill in the air? It’s time to wear cozy clothes. But as fall kicks in, it’s still not quite the season for the heaviest coat in your closet. An in-between measure is in order.
Check out what these guys wore in our 1978 fall catalog. Maybe you’re not about to go hiking, or perhaps teach a college English class – which is what these gentlemen look like they’re going to do.
But if their style is at all your thing, let these men inspire you. They’re dressed for the weather. They’re looking right. Now it’s your moment to shine.
SHOP: sweaters | designer sweaters | turtleneck sweaters | lightweight & shirt jackets | corduroy pants | jeans | chinos | flannel shirts | scarves | boots | boat shoes
LET 1978 INSPIRE YOU TO DO WHAT, EXACTLY?
Like Aphrodite rising from Cyprian sea foam or a woodland nymph appearing in the brush, the models in Marchesa’s Spring 2017 bridal collection emerged with natural elements woven into their hair and earrings. Flowers, pearls and clustered crystals framed their faces and crowned their hair. These accessories complemented the airy dresses, themselves decorated in floral appliqués often encrusted with beads and jewels to simulate fresh dew.
To achieve the divinely subtle beauty presented with this collection, Marchesa kept the makeup glowing but minimal, with shimmery liner on the inner eye. Cascading hair was given a light wave then braided into wreaths. Inspired by Eos, the Greek goddess of dawn, Kevin Hughes for MOROCCANOIL created an ethereally romantic but modern hairstyle.
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The story of sneakers in the past few years has been that of the stampeding crossover, from athletics to streetwear and from fashion runways into your business-casual and weekend looks. Right now, with designers at the top of the chain focusing on this area of footwear, it’s safe to say the sneaker knows no bounds.
Four fall/winter styles worth your attention are by Gucci, Raf Simons and Rick Owens (both designing independently for adidas), and Giuseppe Zanotti.
Above, you see what happens when Gucci designer Alessandro Michele teams up with GucciGhost (some background on Mr. Ghost) for a graffiti-inspired high-top. Basically the story here is that GucciGhost went from spray-painting the Gucci logo on walls (an artistic act, if an illegal one) to making legitimate designer sneakers. See what we mean? The crossover is real.
SHOP: designer sneakers | Gucci high-tops
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As any model will tell you, the work really isn’t that glamorous. You hardly get to eat anything—just a biscuit after every take. There are long hours under the lights with your water dish out of reach. The photographers and art directors can be real handsy, too, always petting you, calling you “sweetie” and “good girl.” They just drool all over you.
And then there are the other models. Some are real amateurs. They’re so excited to be a model, without realizing what the job entails. They come in all excited, greet everyone on set affectionately and really kiss up to the crew. But when it comes time to work, they’re always taking breaks and darting off camera. It’s like they have no concept of time.
IT’S A RUFF JOB: SEE THESE PUPS AT WORK
The ACNE Studios showroom and its staff are renowned in the industry for the café-like atmosphere and comfortable, chic hospitality. They serve brilliant food to brilliant buyers and there’s so much airy, open space. It’s the perfect place to crunch numbers, but it couldn’t be less convenient in terms of the rest of the city.
All images by Jessa Carter
Getting up to the 18th arrondissement takes considerable time and effort. When you’re there, however, a whole new side of Paris opens up. The area encompasses the smaller neighborhood of Goutte d’Or, or Little Africa, and on Wednesdays and Sundays the Marché Barbès makes an outdoor emporium of goods from Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Sudan and other places. The whole area, including the sights and sounds of the Rue Marx Dormoy’s grocery stores and restaurants, felt particularly relevant when we visited the showroom on Tuesday because of the inspiration behind creative director Jonny Johansson’s spring collection.
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To say it was nice timing is sort of an understatement. London-based Mira Mikati shared her spring collection on Tuesday; for some, if not most, it was the last day of Paris Fashion Week. Which means it was the last day of a month-long whirlwind of Fashion Weeks around the world.
Which means everyone was really, really tired.
All images by Jessa Carter
But not once they saw her carefree, upbeat and inspiring presentation. You can’t leave a Mira Mikati event—or wear a piece from her collections—without feeling a brighter bounce in your step, without feeling younger, fresher and more ready for whatever it is that comes next.
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Image above: 1988; below: 2016
Scanning the archives, we could not help but notice our 1988 Anniversary Sale catalog was full of fashion and styling that holds up today. Living in the sartorial past may not be your thing–totally valid if that’s how you feel–but if you’re open to it, 1988 is a rich time to explore.
SHOP: Vintage 1946 chinos | Baldwin wool trousers (these are cropped already–buy them huge if you want to roll them) | Levi’s jeans (especially check out the 501 CT) | Comme des Garçons striped shirt | denim jackets | leather jackets | cardigans | turtlenecks | plaid pants | Vans | Paul Smith plain toe derby
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