Time is neither here nor there, exiting one season and entering another, necessitating layers. Day wear and night wear exist as separate but morphing entities. A wardrobe of transitional objects begins to be built: linen jackets, cotton hats, and shoes that hint at the warm day trailing off into a colder ending.
Still summer to be sure, a python and shell Alaia sandal summons the heavier skins and furs associated with fall.
The black espadrille is the perfect transitional sandal - an outdoor balcony sandal - black later masking the straw at night.
A plain brimmed hat with a solid band is New York's most ubiquitous accessory, and also the ultimate transitional object from beach culture to pre-fall sport, the Polo match.
All merchandise found in Union Square, from top: Vivienne Westwood rubber slingbacks with gold ball; Ixiah basket-weave top with metallic beaded trim; Alaia python and shell sandals; Polo linen men's blazer; Valentino men's black espadrille; Victor & Rolf pinstripe men's cotton blazer; Raf Simons for Adidas men's sneaker; Comme Des Garcons navy cotton men's brimmed hat.