Flipping through the latest Harper's Bazaar, I asked my coworker, Jill Weinstein, who her fashion icons were, which shoots did she like? Not a fan of the girlier items with ruffles, Jill gravitated towards the longer pants and mod blazers worn by a model in deserted LAX airport.
I had Jill try this Hakaan ballerina dress on for me, though not at all her style -
"A plunging neckline!" Jill reached for the sheer, plaited Prada dress in the window, holding it up.
And a rounded toe Christian Louboutin pump. It fits, even with trousers, and as Jill mentioned, some of her favorite women wore trousers - Katherine Hepburn, Lauren Bacall.
"Powerful," said Jill, "that's what I like about the model in the airport." Though floral prints and pastels are still possible, as well as feminine silks...
...as well as gunmetal and translucent beads.
Standing with suitcases in hand, the Harper's model stood in a final outfit of contrasting textures and patterns that somehow came together as confluent, and looked like the most wanted woman: a woman not dressed by anyone but herself.
Featured above, INA Soho: Hakaan ballerina ruffle dress; Prada sheer, silk three-quarter length sleeve dress; black, leather Christian Louboutin pumps; vintage stone and metal chain necklace; Alberta Ferretti pastel, pink silk dress with linen trim; Sally Bolhower hand-designed necklace with silver beads; Balenciaga leather marbleized motorcycle tote.