(Alexander Wang sweater, Forever 21 thermal, Topshop patent leather skinnies, Chloe boots, Oasis bag, Deep in Vogue scarf)
This scarf has served as everything from security blanket to pillow to instant heater on this trip…thank you to Vera for providing me with all of the above.
The cold here isn’t as bad as I expected but the quickly changing weather conditions definitely weird me out…a minute after we took these actual umbrella-inverting horizontal rain forced us to take shelter behind a massive pillar before making a break for the nearest cafe. Disconcerting, but at least half of me was waterproof.
(Ungaro Dress, Forever 21 cuff, gloves, and jacket, Deep in Vogue scarf, Sam Edelman boots)
Some of you may have been wondering what exactly we came out here to Paris for..Esteban Cortazar, the genius behind Emanuel Ungaro, and I have been emailing for a couple months and he invited me to his show, which was obviously something I wasn’t going to turn down. It was a dream come true going to his studio for a fitting, especially when he had hand picked a selection of dresses that he thought I would like. It quickly became clear that we were going to get along perfectly – Esteban is as smart and witty as he is sweet. Meeting his team definitely became more surreal when a few people greeted me as the “girl from the mood board”. I was floored.
I chose an exquisite asymmetrical minidress from the spring collection with sheer detailing..the draped pleating at the skirt won me over immediately. After watching Maryna Linchuk walk in a killer look from the next day’s show and drooling over the strappy shoes lined up in the hallway, the beautiful Romelie packaged up my dress and Colin and I were on our way.
Sunday morning we calmed our nerves a little over pain au chocolat and got ready in a whir of flying accessories. Thank God I didn’t have to think of what to wear. We caught a few stares in the Metro for some reason and made it the show to find ourselves in the front row next to our new best friend Jim Goldstein and across from Rachel Zoe. I spotted Anna dello Russo nearby and approached her – she is so so sweet and was even inquisitive about me. We made it back our seats and after caressing Jim’s studded jacket a bit, the show began. I probably bruised Colin’s shoulder with all the nudging I did every time I saw looks and pieces that I would die to wear. There were cocoon-like draped dresses perfect for a night out, rad scrunched up studded gloves and tights, low-key sexy slouchy trousers, patent leather jackets, chain-bedecked knits (LOVE THE HOODIE), a stunning origami-reminiscent dress that closed the show, bags with the straps ingeniously wrapped around the wrist , and a barely there embelllished vest layered over a jumpsuit that I can imagine layering with everything in my wardrobe. Jaime found us after the show and we went backstage to congratulate Esteban and mingle before accompanying him and his friends and family to a celebratory lunch. Esteban keeps such good company, everyone was so welcoming and once we were seated the laughter and fun didn’t stop. What felt like minutes but was actually hours later, we said our goodbyes for the time being to recharge and get ready for the afterparty,
A huge thank you to Esteban and Jaime and all the amazing people we met through them!
Damn! Guess I’ll have to return when it opens.
Headband, Urban Outfitters. Shirt, Kain.
Walking around Soho, petting enormous dogs.
Vest and shorts, vintage. Boots, Zara and vintage.
Perching on the windowsill of our hotel in Brooklyn, watching the rain come down.
Shirt, vintage. Skirt and tights, Forever 21.
Walking around by the water in Williamsburg, beautiful sky…
Blazer, H&M. Shorts, vintage. Shirt, Leg Avenue.
My new favorite vintage shirt, with my totally overworn shorts and studded Colin Stuart boots.
Colin wanted to make sure to see the Statue of Liberty while we were there..after all the stores and fashion stuff I dragged him around to, saying I owed it to him is an understatement.
Miss you already New York!
I was so happy to run into Naomi from Teen Vogue on Thursday at the RVCA presentation, who is just the sweetest girl ever and gave me some awesome California girl in New York tips that were most definitely put to use. And to top it off, she invited me over to the Teen Vogue HQ, which is obviously an offer I couldn’t turn down.
Colin and I cabbed to Times Square in the rain on Tuesday, felt like complete impostors talking to the people at the Conde Nast front desk, and made it to the right floor only after first taking the wrong elevator (hey there were a lot to choose from). It was a relief to see Naomi’s smiling face coming out of those glass doors, and a little surreal to be taking a tour of the offices of one of my favorite magazines in existence. We walked the hallways outside Amy Astley’s office, met some fabulously dressed Teen Voguers, and even got to check out the accessories closet in a complete daze as Colin snapped photos of my slack-jawed self. Naomi gently guided us away and we went down to Bryant Park to get some coffee and talk about anything and everything..turns out we both had all kinds of questions to ask each other. All in all an amazing experience – thank you Naomi for being the perfect hostess!
Chatting with Andrew Bevan..LOVE this man, he’s so much fun. It seems he had just been shot by Altamira NYC in his masterfully rain-appropriate outfit and sweet buckled boots.
I made Naomi pose cheesily with me in her gorgeous Alexander Wang dress and DIY necklace.
Hmm Colin seemed more apt to document the men’s clothes.
Then we of course had to document each other in Bryant Park. Colin wears a Ralph Lauren blazer, American Apparel V-neck, Gap jeans, secondhand belt, Vans, and Spy sunglasses.
Me in vintage Tshirt, collar, and cuff, Erin Wasson x RVCA blazer, Forever 21 skirt, Promiscuous heels, Target socks, Urban Outfitters men’s hat, and Givenchy bag.