My fashion resolutions for 2014 – in no particular order:
To dress local and carry it global.
It’s not necessarily hard to do. I mean – I’m guessing when we’re not out to lunch at Ammo (did I get that right? I mean, it’s not as if I can live on just the smoked fish at Barney Greengrass or the Cannes Super-Salad at Kate Mantilini’s – right?… As I was saying – when we’re not out to lunch, we’re probably just hanging out in front of our laptops at home or the closest Peet’s in our Lucky jeans and T-shirts and American Apparel cords, tights, T’s, tanks, this and that.
I’m KIDDING. No, we’re all big grown-up fashionista girls here, with serious, stylish things to do, in serious, stylish clothes – with maybe a little serious styling along the way. (Except – as Franca Sozzani will remind you – don’t ever call me a fashionista.) You know how it is – friends don’t let friends dress badly. We’re all parastylists in this town. I keep a stash of a half-dozen scarves, a cashmere sweater or two, ankle booties, gloves, glitter, and a glue gun in my car at all times. I mean actual glitter – the kind you buy at Blick or Michael’s. (I call it Angel-eno dust; Harry Winston will only lend out if you score an Oscar nomination.) And a couple quick changes of clothes – Helmut Lang or Prada, all black natch. (You know – art world damage.) I get such grief when the cops pull me over. They always assume I’m a cat burglar. You’d think the glue gun was an AK-47.
Seriously – we have to support the home team. Let’s face it – we’re already losing Jeremy Scott to Moschino (though maybe he can be persuaded to hang on to the local line). And why not? We’ve got some serious stars – beginning…. Well, actually maybe not with Mr. Scott. No – I give pride of place to Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte. Possibly followed by Victor Wilde and his Bohemian Society posse; and Band of Outsiders and Scott Sternberg – oh we’re an Oscar Wilde Bunch of outlaws here; also that rocking duo of UNIF – Eric Espinoza and Christine Lai and Amber Kekich-Purling’s AGAIN. And speaking of rock ‘n’ roll, Carissa Simons and Lynsey Longo of Ellie Lavelle can usually be relied upon for seriously chic club armour. Can’t forget our own Elder Statesman, Greg Chait (what’s luxury without cashmere?); and Driftwood is another great knitwear line.
I’m ever more impressed with Monique Lhuillier over the last few seasons – a designer who’s transitioned impressively from a custom bridal line to red carpet gowns to evening wear to day wear – all with the same attention to detail and quality. (Check out the embroidery, lace and beading – even on daywear.) It’s as if Madeleine Vionnet and Halston had a love-child (by way of the Philippines?). Galanos would be proud. Okay so while we’re veering into couture, why stop there? Can’t we include Rick Owens – whose-edge-of-the-world vision reflects and resonates with his L.A.-rooted aesthetic legacy? Or for that matter Hedi Slimane, who’s been designing Saint Laurent Paris right here in L.A.? I frankly wasn’t sure who influenced his first collection for the house more – Betty Catroux or Rachel Zoe. Speaking of whom – doesn’t she have her own line now? (I’m never quite sure where to place her, but let’s face it, she seems to spend most of her time here, rushing from style crisis to crisis. I assume half the Hollywood A-list has her on speed-dial right next to their psycho-pharmacologists.)
So then – are we all wardrobe-synch’ed for next month’s fashion weeks?
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