August 31 2014

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The Road To Bonnaroo: Karen Elson


Bonnaroo, one of the summer’s hottest music festivals (literally), takes place this weekend in Manchester, Tennessee. Year after year, the fest hosts some of the best artists around, everyone from Lil’ Wayne and Eminem to Florence + the Machine to The Strokes (and that’s just this year). As they head down south, checked in with a few of our favorite artists to see what they’re packing to beat the heat in style.

Karen Elson plays her first-ever Bonnaroo appearance this year, but she’s no stranger to the fest—so she knows firsthand what to expect. “You either rock the sweaty look or you try your very hardest to look like it’s not sweltering outside,” the model-turned-musician says. “I am not going to accept the sweaty look, so I am doing everything in my power to be the opposite.”

Since the release of her debut album, The Ghost Who Walks, in 2010, Elson has been performing in Southern Gothic-style frocks (often sourced from her own Nashville vintage shop, Venus & Mars.) “I am still trying to figure out my stage style,” she says, citing the Coen brothers’ films as a current source of inspiration. “I was always wearing long things last year. As I’ve kept performing, I have realized it’s really important to have a look.” Here’s what Elson will be bringing to Tennessee to make hers one to remember:

A custom, vintage dress by Anna Sui. “I almost always wear vintage Anna Sui to perform in. I just saw her last night and she gave me a couple of beautiful dresses to potentially wear. Or, there might be a little romper in the works.”

Nine West boots from her capsule collection for the brand. “I usually wear my custom Tabitha Simmons heels. Wearing a pair of beautiful high heels in a club is relatively pain-free, but it’s Bonnaroo and it’s muddy, so I am thinking boots.” (Above: In the Dirt boots from Elson’s collection for Nine West, in stores this August.)

Vintage sunglasses from Fabulous Fanny’s in New York City. “I lost my favorite Marc Jacobs tortoiseshell glasses! I shouldn’t be allowed to buy anything expensive because I lose or break them. I have to buy the cheap ones.” (Above: Vintage Norma Kamali sunglasses from Fabulous Fanny’s. For more information, visit

Clinique Pore Refiner. “It’s my current obsession. It’s so smooth and I am really going to need it for the festival.” (Above: Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfector, $18, available at

Nars Highlighting Blush Powder. “I actually had dinner with François Nars last night. I just love his highlighter—the light one.” (Above: NARS Highlighting Blush Powder, $27, available at

Photos: Courtesy of Karen Elson (portrait); Courtesy of Nine West (boots); (Clinique); (Nars); (sunglasses)

Sophie Théallet Brings A Bit Of Paris To NYC


The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund-winning designer Sophie Théallet is a Parisienne in New York, so when she set out to collaborate with Nine West on a new collection of shoes, bags, and jewelry, she was thinking of bringing a little of that City of Light spirit to NYC. She was thinking of the chic marinière-style stripes that vacationing Frenchwomen love—”very Riviera,” she told me last night at a preview—and, unsatisfied with the striped textiles she could find ready-made, set about to design her own. Those stripes will come on three shoe styles: a ballet flat, a platform heel, and an espadrille, as well as the lining to two satchel-style bags, all of which will be available at select Nine West stores in May. My favorite was the espadrille (above left)—Sophie’s, too, it turns out. She imagined a cute young girl wearing it in Paris casually, with jeans, she said. At only $109 (the highest-priced item in the ultra-affordable collection), what’s not to love?

Photo: Courtesy of Sophie Theallet

Mulleavys At The Museum, Nine West’s New Shoes, Middleton Mania, And More…


Who says fashion isn’t art? On the heels of an exhibition of their designs at Cooper-Hewitt and a collection of sketches (delivered via cell phone) for LACMA, the Mulleavy sisters’ work will be showcased in an upcoming solo exhibition at MOCA, Black Swan tutus included. [MOCA]

Giles Deacon and Sophie Théallet are headed to Nine West—for a capsule collection, at least. Théallet’s bound-to-be-charming shoes are due in May, while Deacon’s futuristic kicks will drop this fall. [WWD]

Kate Middleton enthusiasts, your lucky day is almost here. Reiss’ sold-out Fall 2009 Nannette dress—the one Middleton wore in her engagement portrait—hits stores tomorrow. Queue up. [Elle U.K.]

Missed Miuccia’s revamped Spring show in Beijing on Saturday? Check out the just-released campaign video featuring Arizona Muse, Tati Cotliar, Kinga Rajzak, Zuzanna Bijoch, and Mariacarla Boscono. Try saying that ten times fast. [YouTube]

Photo: Autumn de Wilde/ Courtesy of MOCA

Walk It Out, Coco


If you could walk a mile in her boots…you’d be helping Nine West fight cancer. The footwear brand has partnered with the CFDA to create its Nine West Runway Relief initiative. For New York fashion week, the label is strapping Coco Rocha (pictured), Jessica White, and Lisalla Montenegro into a pair of its new boots, specially equipped with a pedometer; for each step the girls take, a donation will be made to the CFDA’s Fashion Targets Breast Cancer charity. If you like the high, multi-buckled boots yourself, good news: You don’t have to be a model to get a pair (though you do have to be quick). A limited number will be available for sale on Nine West’s Facebook page for $199.

Photo: Courtesy of Nine West