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The return of the skirt

© Self Service Magazine blog, Photography by Ulrich Knoblauch

It’s been all about pants recently– skinny jeans, leather, and of course, the pant suit. But the skirt is making a comeback and there were some beautiful ones in the stand-out Proenza Schouler FW13 show.

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Tanga in Elle

One of my favorite models, Tanga Moreau, was photographed by Horst Diekgerdes for the March issue of Elle. The story highlights many of the hits of the spring season– Marc Jacobs’ satin flats, Dior skirt suit, the amazing Balenciaga rings, ruffles from both Balenciaga and Gucci, and the Celine twist top.

Now that my friend and KiC profile, Samira Nasr, is Elle’s new Fashion Director, I will give the magazine a closer look.

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Rhapsody in Blue

Finally! My favorite K. Jacques Triton sandal is available in navy. Every spring I would deliberate over having a pair custom made in France and shipped, but never did. From June to September I live in my dark brown and camel Tritons and have yearned for a navy pair to wear with jeans. Et voila!

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Oh, how I love a grey skirt…

Theyskens' Theory FW13

Theyskens’ Theory FW13

A few years ago, Miuccia Prada designed the perfect, grey wool, A-line, to-the-knee skirt for her Miu Miu line. With an inverted pleat and rough-edge hem, it was my dream piece. But for some reason, I didn’t buy it, and then kicked myself for not doing so. As luck would have it, I was in a resale shop looking for items for a school play costume, and there it was. I am not a resale or vintage shopper, but I snapped up that elusive skirt and felt like I had won the fashion lottery.

Grey skirt

Carolina Herrera and Alexander Wang

Paired with a matching grey sweater or a simple white blouse, the Miu Miu skirt is a workhorse in my wardrobe. I could always use another, and fortunately, there were a number of beautiful ones in the NY FW13 shows. This time, I won’t hesitate.

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Simply Celine cont.

This ankle-length, rough linen dress with a frayed edge, caught my eye when going through the Celine show images last fall. It’s one of my favorite pieces from all of the SS13 collections and it epitomizes the current just-be-comfortable mood to a T.

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Doughnut Plant, NYC

Doughnut Plant NYC

My family is obsessed with Doughnut Plant. We each have our favorite flavor ( Tres Leches for yours truly) and eagerly test-drive every new concoction they dream up. We even celebrated Valentine’s Day with heart shaped doughnuts– much better than chocolates or flowers in my book.

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Look Sharp

Narciso Rodriguez presented another winning collection last evening. Reportedly, the designer was focused on color this season, but his all black and black with white looks were fantastic too. This show goes straight to the top of my list of favorite NY FW13 collections so far.

Narciso Rodriguez Collection

A simply stunning slip dress and Narciso’s year old shoe collection is gorgeous too .

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The Times They Are a-Changin’

Thank you Bob Dylan for articulating my thoughts on an article in T Magazine by Suzy Menkes entitled The Circus of Fashion. At first read Suzy reminded me of a character from “Midnight in Paris’ with her, and I paraphrase, ‘everything was better in the past’ sentiments.

However, I agree with her whole-heartedly on show-goers’ peacocking and find it annoying and silly too. But I am even more tired of celebrity-focused fashion– at least the show-goers dress themselves! And btw, didn’t Cathy Horyn cover this topic just last season?

But to slam bloggers as a greedy, gift-grubbing bunch is an unfair generalization. I don’t take gifts, nor do I do sponsored posts. I only promote what I like and would wear myself. I actually just turned down a paying project with an iconic American handbag (soon to be lifestyle) brand because I don’t wear their product. And I know plenty of editors who take anything and everything that comes their way. By law bloggers must declare gifts, end stop.

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I would wear this today!

It’s no secret that I love a good duffle coat (duffel is the proper spelling) and this one from Derek Lam FW13 fits the bill nicely. One of the frustrations of watching the fall shows is that I want to wear many of the pieces right now! Sadly, I’ll have to wait until it’s in the store next September.

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The Striped T-Shirt Alternative

For a bunch of years now the ubiquitous Breton striped T-shirt has ruled my spring wardrobe. Probably because it’s just so easy to wear. But the nautical stripe looks a tad tired right now (not to be confused with the fab, bold stripes at Dolce & Gabbana this spring). My solution?  The tie-dye and python printed cotton tees by Proenza Schouler. They are super cozy too.

Python print top & Tie-dye print top

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