Clockwise from top left: Yves Saint Laurent Crocodile Catwalk purse; for more information, see www.ysl.com. Chanel Coco’s Crocos handbag, $2,350, available at select Chanel boutiques, (800) 550-0005. Louis Vuitton embossed patent-leather bootie; for more information, see www.louisvuitton.com. Hermès Salome gold cuff, $39,600, available at Hermès stores nationwide, (800) 441-4488.
Animal prints are as reliable an indication of fall as the leaves changing color or the days getting shorter. But designers have taken a different approach to the look this season, one with a little more depth and a lot more subtlety. Instead of the usual print, they’ve elected to emboss exotic skin patterns on unlikely materials such as satin, suede, patent leather, and gold. It’s a refined way to add a bit of texture to what’s shaping up to be an opulent autumn.
Photos: Denko Ivanisevic
The English are renowned for their dislike of looking too “done,” which leads us to one of the summer’s leading London trends: skunk-style highlights. Here, writer and animal enthusiast Porochista Khakpour accessorizes the deliberately down-market look with a high-glamour silk skirt by Rachel Roy and patent leather stilettos from Lanvin. Eat your heart out, Cruella de Vil.—Ana Finel Honigman
Photo: Ana Finel Honigman
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