Having grappled with the skinny vs. wide-leg jeans dilemma for several months now—if Kate Moss can’t decide, who can?—we decided to check in with J Brand, the company beloved by Angelina Jolie and other Hollywood types for its various skinny styles. “You don’t have to give up one for the other,” said Tara Rudes, who heads up the brand’s East Coast sales operations. “At J Brand, we say it’s about your mood.” The company’s sales suggest that J Brand junkies are embracing wide styles with as much passion as they have for skinnies. The Doll, a high-waisted, wide-legged number (above), has been seen on Cameron Diaz and Kate Hudson, while Moss has stepped out in Love Story, which is wide at the leg but lower on the waist. But can mere mortals pull off the look? “Anyone can wear them,” said Rudes. “My grandmother came in here and left with a pair of The Doll.”
The accessory of the moment in Paris comes not from the ateliers of Balenciaga or YSL, but the candy department at Le Bon Marché. We first spotted these oversize rose rings during fashion week, but they’re now blooming on fashionable fingers all over town. Available in pink, red, or white, the spun-sugar bijous are available exclusively at the department store’s Grand Epicierie gourmet grocery shop for a mere €6.50 (about $9.25). Except for the adjustable band, they’re entirely edible, not to mention quite tasty.
The scarf trend, launched by the shemaghs Nicolas Ghesquière showed in his Fall 2007 collection for Balenciaga, shows no signs of abating. This week alone, we’ve spotted women wearing them as capes, head scarves, and even cocktail dress alternatives; men, on the other hand, are sticking to draping them around their necks à la Hedi Slimane. On the runway, Veronique Branquinho attached scarves to clear plastic visors, while Christian Lacroix turned them into head wraps and wearable parasol/satellite dishes. Looks like we’ll be wrapping up for a while to come.
Summer ended abruptly right at the beginning of the third day of Milan fashion week, with a seemingly never-ending rain that lasted from morning to night. Not everybody was prepared and, as we all know, looking stylish in a downpour, no matter how romantic it might sound, is tricky. We spotted many impromptu solutions around town. Most of them revolved around cellophane, which, in a timely twist, is also a main catwalk trend. One stylish girl, who refused to give us her name, covered a brand new Chloé Bay bag with a plastic sheet, leaving only the handle exposed; the combination made for a piece of abstract art. Another woman ran around in a red plastic mac that gave her strict black outfit a much-needed twist. Pac-a-macs, incidentally, were everywhere, leading us to wonder if the reign of the trench is coming to an end.