I wish that Alber Elbaz would
publish a book of his drawings. Would love to see his sketches for Lanvin Fall '13
- it wasn't my favorite collection but you can tell he was just having fun with
it. Also playing off the same schoolgirl theme, I really like Chloe's
interpretation, spirited feminine done in an elegant and minimal way.
Got a change of
scenery with a little stay away at Lafayette House. I love how low maintenance
this place is - it feels like you’ve got your own apartment in a fancy French building.
Sometimes I miss living downtown over the bridge, it was nice to be able to walk to some
of our favorite Manhattan restaurants and my art supply store is also just around the
corner. Having a working fireplace in this cold weather is a pretty nice touch,
too. Teresa came by to shoot with Andrew; Lizzie did hair and
makeup. Teresa reminds me of a baby Charlotte Rampling so I dressed her up in
clothes that you’d want to wear around your own quiet Paris pied-à-terre. Lace, satin, slouchy knits and pants
optional in a place with strange old photos on the walls and a giant bubble bath tub with shiny brass knobs.
1. Outtake of Teresa
Oman at Lafayette House by Andrew Stinson, hair and makeup by Lizzie Arneson.
Styling by me, more pictures from the shoot soon.
There comes a time of clarity when you wisen up and realize that
understated and classic is just the way to go. The 3.1 Phillip Lim girl has known this well
for the past few seasons. She grew up quite some time ago. But something has changed about her for Fall ’13, exuding the charged air of a traveler who has
been on a mysterious ride of a journey and knows just what it’s like to feel
that rush of fast wind on your face. This season, she has met a Foxfire-esque gang of
girls who hang out with all the moto racing boys.
The result is the perfect balance of clean and free. Lines are sculpted and smart, but a wild heart comes forth in a multicolored
patchwork fur, the kind you’d always hoped to come across one day in a vintage
store. There was so much of that in this collection - finally, worn in blue
jeans embellished with patches that look like they’ve been collected for years.
Plenty of perfect leather separates in keeping with the racer theme were more
soft than aggressive with the right touches of shearling, layers of mohair,
slouchy sweatshirts and round ‘harly’ shades.
As usual, coats were a standout; the only problem was not being
able to examine each up close to discover its intricate details. The camel
oversized pea coat that caught my eye also comes in midnight blue and promises some sort of
trompe l’oeil layering, paired with a separate matching wool bib that disguises as a
turtleneck. Clever. An unexpected discovery, sonomama promises just that with
an easiness that is always beautiful, as it should be.