Let’s pretend I have a bank account like Melinda Gates. And let’s pretend I get to shop wherever, for whatever my little heart desires from the Fall runway looks.
Below, I’ve picked out my favorite which all add up to one freakishly amazing dream closet for your Hip Reporter. Here goes…
Let’s start at Altazurra, one of my favorite lesser-known designers. But he’s really not that lesser known in the fashion circles that be. And you know what? He’s doing a line for Target to be released in September. But he’s been on my Cool-o-Meter for a long time. Him heading to Target? It’s about time.
Altazurra, Look #14:
I’m loving this dress (featured in a previous post of The Hip Report) for it’s art gallery vibe. It’s like wearable art in fact inspired by the ’70′s textiles of artist Shelia Hicks…google her…gorgeous, enormous woven wall hangings that almost look like worms wiggling, spilling off walls and on to floors. These dresses were hand-woven by artisans in New York, slubs and all. I’m nuts for the color–I’d stand out at a cocktail party in this and I’d switch out those ugly black shoes for some Jimmy Choo stunners.
Famous for their luxe basket weave leather handbags, Bottega Veneta also offers clothing I find myself occasionally coveting.
Bottega Veneta, Look #11
I’m a sucker for anything paired with a turtleneck and when it’s gray (or black), it’ll surely be a wardrobe favorite. Mix it with a lime-y green (in the winter–fantastic!) swishy skirt and it’s everything I feel my confident best in. At Bottega Venetta, fall meant graphic, energy and comfort. Yeah, that’s how I’d sum up this look. Sold.
Modern. The height of chic simple. Celine isn’t always on everyone’s radar. But it’s on mine and has been since Michael Kors was designing for it years back. (Yes, that Michael Kors!)
Celine, Look #1
Can you ever have enough coats? Can you ever have enough military inspired coats? No. And no. I’ve forever loved the simple lines of Celine, the easy luxury of supremely beautiful fabrics and cuts. When I enter a Celine boutique, I get rather quiet. I look at seams and shapes and feel the fabrics. And I walk out, trippy from the perfection of it all. This coat is sublime. I love the double breasted front, love that its nipped in the waist and am mad for it’s flair from the hips down. It’s classic. But wait–with that one earring trend going on and those fabulous shoes–it’s classic done very, very modern.
A little man, Alber Elbaz has some of the biggest talent out there. Always the epitome of Parisian chic.
Lanvin, Looks #4, 13, 14, 34
That skirt is killah. I am not sure a girl like me with the hips I have, could pull all those ruffly ruffles off and not feel a bit like a bootylicious Can-Can dancer but I’d sure as heck give it a whirl. I guess I picked this because I am nuts about the ying and yang of this look: the modern, minimalist turtleneck paired with such a fussy skirt. But it’s what I’m always preaching on my blog: the tension in an outfit–low and high end, prim but something completely off and deconstructed– and in this case: feminine and masculine mashed up. Only Alber Elbaz could make me love such a frou frou skirt and make me willing to risk it all to wear it.
This outfit is just the pinnacle of perfection. Another home run by Elbaz who dubbed this Fall ’14 collection ‘Triple X’: X-travagant, X-treme and X-periement.’ How to-die-for is that?
I am jonesing for this look for several reasons–I love the monochrome shades of cream with the top and skirt and the soft, subtle gray in that beefy fur coat. (By the way, those beefy fur coats are pretty hot for Fall ’14.) I daresay by the way that Elbaz has done tweed far prettier than Karl Lagerfeld at CHANEL this season. Lagerfeld’s tweeds looked cheap. Elbaz, his tweeds are all chicness and timelessness. Everything a tweed is meant to be.
Heck yeah this would be in my closet. And I would go and look at it and touch it once a day. I can’t imagine where I’d wear this but if there were double coupon days at my local grocer, this is the dress I would pull out to celebrate in. I love the texture. It’s a LBD done a bit subversive and wicked with the frayed hem and slubby texture.
Minus that awning-like hat, this is how I adore dressing for evening. The conundrum remains–where do I wear something like this with the life I have? But if I had some big life with parties that thrust me in to a social setting with the beautiful and interesting, this is the look I would wear. It’s not for men–meaning it sure as heck isn’t sexy. But it’s languid and fluid and intelligent but quietly beautiful. I don’t need to be a sex bomb at night. It’s never been me. Nope, I’d be the girl in the corner with her bits tucked away and having a party in my head knowing my label said, “Lanvin.”
Dior’s really had a lot of exposure lately. Made more and more famous thanks to Jennifer Lawrence wearing Dior couture on the red carpet, her impish personality has rendered it unexpectedly youthful and modern.
Christian Dior, Look #26
I’m generally not the Christian Dior girl. Dior’s look is a bit too origami-looking for me–like abstract art but this jacket made me do a double-take. I can imagine the seams in it are like steel girders in a skyscraper–they support this jacket and make it like architecture, a work of art. I know it lays perfectly on the human body, enhancing the curves and yet supporting as it should to perfect effect and I bet those button holes are like works of art too. This is a jacket you would never let part from your closet. It’s that perfect.
Not the biggest fan of LV handbags but perennially dy-ing over the clothes. With new deisgner Nicolas Ghesquiere at the helm now, I can sleep peaceful knowing the iconic house is in good hands indeed, now that Marc Jacobs has resigned.
Louis Vuitton, Look # 1
Reminding me of Ali Mc Graw with a mish mash of preppy and 60′s mod, this first look at Louis Vuitton, Fall ’14 mesmerized me. Worn perfectly by model Freda Beha Erichsen, everything about it is right–from the cream turtleneck to the cream jumper, to the black boots and black leather coat with orange lapels. Here’s the thing: you have to have a certain look to pull this off and fortunately this is one era (the 60′s) your Hip Reporter can rock. Give me anything 50′s and I look tragic. But there’s something about preppy and something about the 60′s that I can work. And of course I am taking note of the one earring trend on Freda too. All of this is just everything I want to be when I walk out of my house and take on the world.
Is there any design house that can make black look even more cool year after year… I go to our boutique, Capitol here in Charlotte, North Carolina to just stare at and touch the St Laurent. (I really do.)
Yves St. Laurent, Looks #3, 4, 10, 15
Maybe in some other life I wanted to wear a school uniform. Or maybe in another life I wanted to live in the Highlands of Scotland. Who knows but when you combine both those themes, you get this Yves St. Laurent look above, that is as classic as it gets and it makes my eyes watery with pure joy. THIS is how you can dress from 5 to 100. The older you get, the funkier the accessories need to be and the longer the skirt –and boots for sure by the time you’re 50. This is a look that will be recycled when my children’s children have children. You get the point. This is forever cool and made only freakishly cooler than cool because it’s Yves St Laurent. My heart is palpitating. Excuse me while I collect myself for a moment…and forgive me for using ‘cool’ so much but there’s no other word I am feeling right now.
Now we add a gray flannel skirt and a double-breasted coat and it’s more of the same: freakishly cool and forever flattering. Hair needs to be messy. Remember, something has to be ‘off.’ No perfect prim school girl. Keep it a touch whacked out.
And speaking of whacked out, I will take this revolver dress for the days I am tired of being a bit Catholic school girl-y. Only Yves St Laurent can make wearing firearms desirable. Paired with tights and a leather jacket, it’s urban genius. Imagine this at the PTA meeting: so socially wrong but so stylistically right.
A houndstooth coat. A houndstooth coat. I need say no more. Except remember, this is a Yves St Laurent houndstooth coat. Can you imagine the pixie dust on this coat that would rub off on you while you wore it? Magical.
I’m not the biggest fan of the Italian designers but I always make concessions for Gucci which I more than adore.
Gucci, Look #31
You can never have too many LBDs and this one may just be one of the biggest home runs I have seen for fall. The iconic bridle bit belt is pure old school Gucci and the high neckline and the flare from the waist down is demure and yet so sexy. I love the pink snakeskin boots with it, proving that it’s all in the accessorizing when it comes to the LBD. Imagine if those were black pumps. A whole different vibe. I’ll take this entire look, top to bottom. This is how I dream of looking after dark–a little prim, a little wiggy with those nutty boots.
No longer khaki trenches and plaid handbags, Burberry has in the past several years, become ‘hip central’ because of its innovative designs that take the classic and turn it wildly but perfectly upside down. It’s like an English auntie who’s all prim but has a dirty secret…
Burberry Prorsum, Look #51
The last look down the Fall ’14 Burberry runway was our girl of the moment, Cara Delevigne in a monogrammed Prorsum blanket cape. I continue to still try and figure out how I can snag this cape. I envision myself wearing it on an airplane, hiding from some wack-a-doodle next to me, or wrapping myself up Eskimo-style in a movie theater where temps are consistently sub arctic or cocooning in it for privacy, warmth and comfort any time I want to step away from the world and hide. I would never find such happiness again in my life, being wrapped in this magnificent swath of wool. And of course I’d get it monogrammed. I love the font.
My homeboy. He taught me it’s ok to not be perfect.
Marc Jacobs, Look #22
This outfit would be for those days that I just want to be comfortable and warm on a nippy Carolina day. I’d probably bag those shoes; they’re a bit too Jetsons looking. That coat looks scrumptious and I love the soft color palette. I think looks like this –where there’s little color– can be so beyond the pale chic, we often forget about its high intensity impact. I picture myself wearing this on a trip to Chicago too. I’d walk down the Miracle Mile and those winds off Lake Michigan, they’d just make me giggle.
My favorite designer probably of all time. Mr. All-American.
Polo Ralph Lauren, Look #9
I have a serape sweater on my ‘To Buy’ list this fall and of course it has to be a Ralph Lauren because only he gets how to do it right from the colors, to pattern, to details like the buttons. I’d wear this constantly, with such great pride and pair it with just about anything. Nothing to me is more iconic and more noble than the West and its motifs. And no one does it better than RL.
I am still trying to find out a way to marry Tom Ford. So is the rest of America. Male and female.
Tom Ford, Look #20
It might be a stretch for this curvy girl to again, fit in to a dress this straight up and down but as the heavens are my witness, I would try. I’d wear this dress clubbin’, though I am no ‘clubber’–but I would probably take up nightly clubbin’ if I had this little frock to wear out. What’s it all mean? Well, enter Jay-Z where he not only dedicated an entire track to Ford on the album, he repeatedly raps his name in the chorus. The stand out line of the song is, of course, the quip “I don’t pop Molly / I rock Tom Ford”, referring to the fact Jay-Z doesn’t dabble in ecstasy; he gets his kicks from wearing Ford. So Tom made this in honor of the rapper. I couldn’t agree more: I don’t pop Molly but listen, I could, I swear if I had the chance, rock Tom Ford.
I love walking in our Charlotte Hermes store and taking a long, deep inhale. All that leather gives me a nice, stoner high. And don’t get me going on the clothes.
Hermes Look #36
Channeling Bianca Jagger in the ’70′s wearing her Halston at CBGB, this cream pantsuit from Hermes screams louche. It also rather reminds me of Lauren Hutton–both of these women oozing femininity in two completely different ways. The older I get the more I think about the one, two punch of a cream blazer and smoking pants and I suspect before I hit the next decade, I’ll have one hanging in my closet to wear till I’m 97. I could only hope it’d be Hermes. Can you imagine?
The epitome of youthful cool, Alexander Wang can dress me any day. I own a pair of his heels and they are the most spectacularly engineered footwear I own. They’re art for the foot. His designs always seem appropriate surrounded by concrete–read: urban.
Alexander Wang, Look #15
I picked this look because it’s a silhouette I wear often in the winter: shorter skirt, turtleneck and boots. It suits my lifestyle and figure. I’m mad for the over the knee boots here ( a huge trend this year) and I love how cozy that sweater looks. The blue in it makes me happy but I like too, there’s some gray and black. What’s winter without gray and black–a must for me. The blue just gives it a good pop. I could see myself wearing this on casual Friday and just feeling right in it. Not too much, not too little. But completely edgy and utterly fabulous for a trip to Target, right?
Prada is often an enigma to me. I love it but am often confounded how to wear it with confidence. All those clashing colors and fabrics, textures and patterns send me in to some other dimensional sensory overload. Still, drawn like a moth to the flame, I find myself always checking in each season to see what fantasmagoric magic Miuccia Prada has spun from her savant mind.
Prada, Look #14
I’m a product of the ’70′s and ’80′s–you know–the shoes match the dress, matches the bag and the nail polish. It has taken years of deprogramming to come to the conclusion that not everything we wear at one time has to make complete sense. It’s ok to inject something ever so slightly dissonant so as not to be utterly predictable and perfect–the ‘keep ‘em guessing’ mentality. Miuccia Prada has spent her design career cajoling us in to glorious confusion with wildly clashing prints and patterns, almost grandma-like bejeweled dresses and coats and the craziest shoes. I’m finally ok with all this schizophrenic activity, in fact I’m starting to empathize with it, recently wearing a Collection J Crew striped midi pencil skirt with a Marc Jacobs Spring ’14 red jungle print top. It was a bold move for me but I’ve never felt more chic or pleased with the clashing outcome. I love this dress above, and would select it for several reasons: one, I’m looking for a shirtdress for Fall to define my wardrobe, two, I love the colors in this (they are stunning with glossy black boots) and three, the art deco pattern reminds me of Sonia Delaunay, an artist whose round, colorful circles and half circles were shockingly modern for her time. (She was born in 1885 and died in 1979, google her art–so completely hip for a woman born in the Ukraine!) I would wear this dress constantly, once the weather started to turn chilly, even so much as pairing it with a cashmere turtleneck and a Tory Burch black shearling vest I own that goes to my knees. I might feel a little Dr Zhivago in it, with the shearling vest and boots, Da? Vodka anyone?
There you go. There’s my dream closet for Fall ’14. Just a little bit of this and a little bit of that, of course.