My colleagues and I are constantly talking about how hard it is to find a good pair of everyday pants. When it comes to jeans, there are plenty of brands that we love, but “regular” pants? Not so much. Just when we were ready to give up hope, I stumbled upon 1.61, a unisex brand that focuses on trousers. These military chinos, priced at $415, will be my uniform this spring. They’re fitted on the bottom, looser in the hips, and have rough edges. Over the weekend I’m planning on wearing them with a striped tee, and for the evening, I’ll take inspiration from Isabel Marant’s latest collection and style them with a sequined top. The collection is currently available at Maxfield in L.A., and hits Barneys New York this month—just in time for spring.
Few designers make you want to completely rethink your wardrobe; Alexander Wang is one of them. His much-buzzed about Spring ’14 collection, which, FYI, is hitting stores now, got us thinking about adding a few men’s shirts to our repertoire. Classic shirting happens to be a big trend this season; it also turned up at Altuzarra, Dior, and Thakoon. Wear yours a little bit oversized and half-buttoned for a look that reads sultry, not secretary. Paired with slim trousers, a chunky watch, and loafers, it’s a sophisticated look with a saucy edge. Shop our favorite menswear-inspired pieces by Gucci, Michael Kors, Balenciaga, and more, below.
1. Alexander Wang cotton-piqué playsuit, $965, available at net-a-porter.com
2. Michael Kors Channing lapis dial bracelet watch, $250, available at nordstrom.com
3. Balenciaga Le Dix cartable leather tote, $1,945, available at mytheresa.com
4. Gucci horsebit-detail patent leather loafers, $575, available at net-a-porter.com
5. J Brand Piper cotton-blend twill skinny pants, $230, available at net-a-porter.com
In hopes that warm weather is on its way, I’m starting to invest in some spring footwear. Prada’s rhinestone heel is one of my favorites of the season, but there is no way I can survive on one shoe alone. For my everyday life, I’m investing in Tabitha Simmons’ white flats with little metal chains. They’re chic with an edge, and they’ll fit right in with everything I own. One thing they don’t go with, however, is snow. Like I said, I can only hope for better weather…
Tabitha Simmons Alexa leather chain-trimmed flats, $695, Buy it now
Oscars weekend is upon us, and it would be great to be in L.A. attending a glamorous after-party, but the reality is I’ll be taking care of my 4-month-old baby. But a girl can dream, can’t she? And if what they say is true, if you get the dress, the occasion will come. I’ve already picked out the dress—or, to be exact, the jumpsuit—for my imaginary after-party: Roksanda Ilincic’s electric orange and black jumpsuit. It feels so fresh and different from any cocktail dress I’ve ever owned. And while I might be in my pj’s this Sunday night, I’m sure I won’t run out of occasions to wear my midriff-baring but demure Roksanda number.
Roksanda Ilincic jumpsuit, $1,825. Buy it now at www.ssense.com
I have to admit, pink is one of my favorite colors. I’m always drawn to baby pink cashmere sweaters and cotton shirts, or darker-hued dresses and silk blouses. To my delight, we’ve seen a rainbow of roses in the Fall ’14 collections—particularly fuchsia, which has been all over the runway. Alexander Wang, Altuzarra, and Dries Van Noten have all sent pink down their catwalks, but being the anxious shopper that I am, I don’t think I can wait until August to indulge in the trend. My solution? House of Holland’s shocking pink lace dress, which is already in my Net-a-Porter shopping cart. I can only hope that spring weather is not too far away—too bad that’s not available for same-day delivery in New York.
House of Holland dress, $545, Buy it now