Moccasins: You may have worn them in the eighties (when the Indian beaded variety was big), but don’t let bad junior high memories turn you off. Ever since Kate Moss made them an integral part of her look last season, designers have been hard at work adapting the classic version into more luxurious incarnations. In time for Spring’s hippie bohemian trend (more on that in our Spring shopping guide), here are some styles that get our seal of approval. And, incidentally, won’t it be a relief to have an alternative to your ratty old Converse?
From top to bottom: Mukluk, ankle Muk, $325, available at www.muklukstore.com.
Minnetonka, beaded moccasin, $42, available at www.urbanoutfitters.com.
A.P.C., Indian moccasin, $250, available at A.P.C., NYC, (212) 966-9685.
L.L.Bean, Wicked Good moccasin, $49.95, available at www.llbean.com.
Jimmy Choo, Warp suede ankle boot, $495, available at Jimmy Choo boutiques nationwide, www.jimmychoo.com.
“I wish I had brought a fur coat!” wailed one fashionista as she huddled with her friends under a mushroom heater outside the Moschino Cheap & Chic show. While New York experiences delusions of springtime, Milan’s sudden arctic temperatures have everyone wishing they’d packed their woolies. Those who did bring cold-weather gear are breaking out fur, shearling, and heavy knits. The chicest way to wear them is with shoulder-strap bags buckled across the body—the better to keep the warmth in.
R.I.P. the puffa, long live the chubby. We saw it at Jaeger, we saw it at Topshop Unique, we saw it at Eley Kishimoto and Marios Schwab, and we saw it last night at Giles, which pretty much makes it official: British designers have decreed that Fall 2008 will be all about the chubby coat. It has to be big, it has to be shaggy, it has to make you look part English sheepdog. And that, at any rate, is better than resembling the Michelin Man.
Other cities might be content referencing Kate Moss and Irina Lazareanu to show that Françoise Hardy-style long, straight, brow-brushing bangs are an enduring trend. But in London things have to be pushed beyond extremes. Hence the full curtain of hair covering the black-rimmed eyes of Irene Menta from Spanish style magazine www.neo2.es, all the way down to the tip of her nose. With her “Geordon Nicol meets the ghoulish girl in the ‘Ring’ series” look, Menta was the darling of street style photographers at the Osman Yousefzada show. One paparazzo who tried to take her photo kept mimicking her moves as she turned to look at him (she had to flip her head three times until one eye became visible through her locks). “If I were her mother,” he said, “I would be so worried that she’d fall down the stairs. But thankfully I’m not, because what do I care? She still looks fabulous.”
With one fashion week down and three to go, we can report that Fall ’08 looks like it will be a good season for those who like to wear the pants. From neatly tailored (Doo.Ri) to leather (Preen) to genre-bending (Karen Walker‘s acid-wash bell-bottoms), the runways were about the bottom line. At Tom Scott we even spotted a reprise of the drop-crotch—great mental image, that—style we saw a week earlier in Berlin.