Are billowing Celine pleats and flung Bottega Veneta fringe a preamble to Spring? After a blustery afternoon in Nolita, and gusts of wind on the mind, I came across this, from Great Expectations:
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”
- Charles Dickens
All merchandise in INA Nolita: White and black pleated skirt, Black Bottega Veneta leather fringe purse, Asprey patent leather trench, Marni yellow and black platform sandal with wooden heel; Ines Figaredo gold foot clutch; Comme Des Garcons plastic shell, Matthew Williamson neon bustier, Marni cotton skirt with asymmetrical ruffle, Chloe wrap-up leather platform sandal, Balenciaga straw motorcycle tote; Chloe beaded purse with silver balls.
In a long line of album covers, Debut pictures Bjork in a mohair sweater shot in black in white. Debut is the album where it all began, and the Bjork Retrospective currently installed at MoMa is a documentation of her many costume changes. Top-knotted braids soon followed mohair, and the latest music video from the Icelandic pop icon features the singer stumbling through volcanic rock and ash dressed in iridescent insect wings. As Bjork disappears into the horizon line of the landscape, the sewn wings alight and drop back into place on her dress, reminding of her past lives as a cyber geisha and a black headed swan.
Featured items from INA Chelsea: Ivan Grundahl beaded, linen floral tank; Yigal Azrouel cream silk tunic with open shoulders; Miu Miu pale yellow zip-up blouse with iridescent discs; Lanvin sequined dress; Alexis Bittar winding snake ring; Helmut Lang blue viscose floral blazer; Prada floral silk dress with floating legs; Prada lime silk blouse featuring two women and Adam Lippes pants; Marni teal necklace with stones.
A casual Sunday in New York looks like a cotton vest worn unbuttoned -
a leather jacket in coordination with eyeglasses and a newspaper -
a tote bag thrown over a bicycle handle.
Store your cufflinks for the middle of the week, locked with combination inside a vintage Gucci briefcase.
All merchandise, Union Square: 45 RPM white button-down shirt, Gucci silk, tan scarf with logo, Polo navy vest with back buckle; APC black leather bomber jacket and Tom Ford black eyeglasses; Ann Demeulemeester black, silk and wool vest, Rag & Bone black waxed cotton tote; vintage Gucci tan briefcase with Sonia Spencer cufflinks
A plaid constructed from the faces of Shanghainese women and men and drawings of hands: these are textiles from the world of Jean Paul Gaultier. But not this world, this time. Instead, this is the time of Jean Paul Gaultier in the 1980s, relics of which are currently to be found in the INA Soho racks. Faces - portraits really - and parts of the body, are the terms of expression. The blazers, skirt, and pants are made of cotton illustrations. And what better to accent an illustration than a bow, especially a silk Saint Laurent detachable one?
All merchandise, INA Soho:
Look 1: JPG vintage hand print dress with zipper neck, Rebecca Minkoff metallic clutch, vintage Alaia wool beret, Karen Walker black sunglasses, Sass & Bide headphones.
Look 2: JPG Cotton multi-colored faces blazer, Alena Akhmadullina leather striped miniskirt, Malo ribbed turtleneck, Lanvin patent leather boots, Zac Posen chain-link purse.
Look 3: Carven cropped light blue button-up, JPG cotton multi-colored faces miniskirt, Hermes relaxed mouse gray kelly bag, Marni slate and lime sunglasses, Louboutin pumps.
Look 4: Miu Miu black suede t-strap wedge, Rag & Bone ivory silk blouse with black piping, Saint Laurent silk bow, JPG cotton patchwork jeans, vintage alligator Jacomo maroon purse .
March is around the corner, and there is no time like the preset to think forward. INA Noho is thinking forward to spring, layering prints on top of prints to endless affect with a little help from the coolest kid in - and out - of school. Luckily for us, this young fashion star had some style advice to spare.
In a word, wear pink socks with open toed sandals. Leopard print on top of mermaids. And metallic paisley cropped pants with snakeskin oxfords.
All merchandise INA Noho:
Look 1: APC leopard print sweatshirt, Risto silk blouse printed with mermaids, ALC pinstripe blue and white pant, Belle camel leather strappy sandal.
Look 2: Reversible plaid wool zip-up cape, Marc Jacobs black leather boots, men's Comme Des Garcons ruffle button-down shirt, Warby Parker ivory framed sunglasses.
Look 3: Rachel Comey metallic leopard jacket, Band of Outsiders black and yellow silk dress, Alexander McQueen black round sunglasses, Margiela white canvas boots.
Look 4: Tracy Watts wool driving cap, Givenchy olive color-blocked pandora bag, to be adored paisley pant, Celine army green belted trench, Miu Miu python loafer.
I first heard the sound of Diana Vreeland's voice in the biographical documentary "The Eye Has to Travel", Vreeland's British accent underpinned by a slow, growling, and at times, suddenly faster uptake. Her fashion voice first appeared in print through her Harper's Bazaar advice column "Why Don't You...?" before beginning her career as fashion editor for Bazaar and in 1962, editor in chief of Vogue.
"Why Don't You...?" was a running list of queries that suggested fantastical alterations to life and wardrobe. The fantastical queries suggested: why not alter your life to suit your wardrobe, rather than altering a wardrobe to sensibly suit a life?