You either love ‘em or you hate ‘em, but there’s no denying that high-waist shorts are a key trend. We like that they can freshen up any outfit, as Mischa Barton demonstrates. Although summer clothing is clearing out of stores, we managed to find several great pairs still available. We suggest you keep the leggy look going into fall by pairing shorts with a cropped jacket and tights.
Helmut Lang’s crinkle cotton style, at Barneys.
3.1 Phillip Lim’s paper-bag-waist style in denim, at Net-a-Porter.com.
Topshop’s bleached denim style.
Grey Ant’s carpenter style, at Creatures of Comfort.
Chloé’s flared style, at Browns.
L.E.S. is more, at least below Delancey Street. The lower Lower East Side, an area bordered by Delancey, the Bowery, Canal, and the East River, is experiencing a quiet boom. First there were rumors that Keith McNally was in a bidding war for a spot on Canal, then that H&M is eyeing a spot on Delancey. But regardless of whether the big names move in, the L.L.E.S. is the neighborhood of the moment, packed with great places to eat, drink, and shop. Here are our picks:
Still Life, 77 Orchard St., (212) 575-9704
Kaight, 83 Orchard St., (212) 680-5630
Valley, 48 Orchard St., (212) 274-8985
aNYthing, 51 Hester St., (212) 777-0919
Project No. 8, 138 Division St., (212) 925-5599
Brown Café, 61 Hester St., (212) 477-2427
Sweet Life, 63 Hester St., (212) 598-0092
Les Enfants Terrible, 37 Canal St., (212) 777-7518
BabyCakes, 248 Broome St., (212) 677-5047
Barrio Chino, 253 Broome St., (212) 228-6710
Good World, 3 Orchard St., (212) 925-9975
Lolita, 266 Broome St., (212) 966-7223
Happy Ending, 302 Broome St., (212) 334-9676
East Side Company Bar, 49 Essex St., (212) 614-7408
Miguel Abreu Gallery, 36 Orchard St., (212) 995-1774
East River Music Project, www.ermp.org
Photo: Romney Leader
Shorts kept getting shorter as Berlin fashion week progressed. At Hugo Boss on Thursday, men’s baggy trousers stopped right above sockless ankles. Then, at the heavily Courrèges-inspired Strenesse show on Friday, designer Gabriele Strehle sent out her female models in beautifully tailored boxy jackets and patterned shorts that were sharp without being severe, and high on the thigh, yet never vulgar. But the crowning touch was on the Puma catwalk on Saturday, where male models swaggering down the runway in Speedos had Andie MacDowell, who was seated in the front row, raising a lascivious eyebrow.—Ana Finel Honigman
Photo: Courtesy of Puma
Cubical dwellers are no doubt rolling their eyes at the newest Berlin street trend: classic office wear worn to lounge away lazy weekday afternoons soaking up the sun and the social scene. Working this look at the Puma pre-catwalk cocktail party was Wilson Dunlavey, Humboldt University student and Berlin bon vivant, whose perfectly polished wingtips and pale pinstriped pants (topped with a very off-hours tank top), as seen, prove there’s more than one way to brush up on your human resources skills.
—Ana Finel Honigman
Photo: Ana Finel Honigman
The British may worry that hoodies lead to hooliganism, but young Berlin designers have turned them into a fashion statement. Considering the dreary, drizzling weather on Berlin fashion week’s second official day, it’s not too shocking to see the hip young things hiding their hair from the humidity. What is surprising is realizing that dressing like a druid can be so chic. This black, draped cowl-neck hoodie by Esther Perbandt (http://www.estherperbandt.com/), which Saatchi Online’s senior Berlin correspondent Alix Rule (http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/blogon/) has been skulking around town in, is elegant and irreverent at the same time. If hooligans start looking this good, maybe we’ll all begin mugging their style. —Ana Finel Honigman
Photo: Ana Finel Honigman