Wednesday, January 30, 2008

ready, set...

Fashion Week is starting tomorrow!

I know, I know, it's technically starting Saturday or something, but you know how we all like to get ahead of ourselves this time of year. Tomorrow's highlights? Rachel Roy, Band of Outsiders (SO psyched to see how that one goes), and the 30-designer presentation Future Fashion, tomorrow night (hint: it's at 6PM at Gotham Hall, so if your schmoozing skills are good, give sneaking in a try!!).

Get a good night's sleep tonight - we're all going to need it!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

that's weird.

The latest designer-mass retailer collaboration? ThreeAsFour for Gap.

Anyone else think this is a strange combination?

Next up: Gareth Pugh for J. Crew!
(Just kidding.)

Monday, January 28, 2008

painted ladies

When I was in junior high, I worked in the face-painting booth at my grade school's carnival. Now I'm thinking that if I had stuck with it, and perfected my craft, I would have been totally in demand this season!

First, there was the Meisel-shot Italian Vogue spread, above, starring Lara Stone covered in painted tats.

Then, there was the 2008 Paris Vogue calendar, styled by Miz Roitfeld and shot by Mario Sorrenti, featuring Catherine (above), Lara, Natasha, and others painted with pin-up girls, crosses, hearts, and flames.

Next, I hear from that Ben Cho's getting the artists who are responsible for the Italian Vogue spread to paint his models for his upcoming fall collection show.

And now? Illustrator Ruben Toledo has teamed up with photographer Ruven Afanador for Nordstrom's latest ad campaign, featuring (what else?) models with paint all over themselves.

Honestly? I'm all for the purely decorative; practicality and wearability have very little importance in the high fashion world, as far as I'm concerned. I'm just wondering how this one's going to trickle down to the masses. Should I go buy some face paints?

well done.

"I saw it in the January issue of Vogue and said I have to have it!"
- Ellen Pompeo, in Nina Ricci, at the SAG Awards

A refreshing choice in a sea of a million Marchesas and Monique Lhulliers.

Friday, January 25, 2008

givenchy COUTURE

Givenchy, for me, is starting to be a one of the shows I really look forward to each season. I have a lot of respect for a brand that has a very distinct look but can evolve, and Riccardo Tisci continued to impress with his spring 2008 couture show.

Above: Classic Givenchy tailoring. I love the sharp, military-inspired jacket paired with the flouncy skirt. And I feel like I might not like the shoes with bare legs - I've never been a huge fan of the lace-up thing - but with the opaque tights it's a very cool detail.

Above: Another girl-tux!

Above: The head-to-toe red is so striking in this look, and the detailing is insane. It reminds me a little bit of those crepe-paper party decorations you'd put up for your birthday when you were little, only costing several thousand dollars more.

Above: Feathers! This is such a pretty look, and the details of the neckline and red sash keep the whole look from being too precious.

Above: Hopefully the writers will pull themselves together in time for the Academy Awards, because I'd love to see someone in something like this instead of some dumb sparkley Elie Saab thing.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

valentino COUTURE

I could do this whole long blog post about Valentino and his extensive career and his legacy and his final, dramatic couture show, but I really just don't care that much. I'M SORRY. I'm bored to tears with Valentino. Let's talk about Givenchy or something, shall we?

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

chanel COUTURE

Lagerfeld seemed to be catering to a younger crowd with his spring 2008 Chanel Couture show. Let's take Sasha here, above. Darling, yes. grown-up? No. And let's be honest here, I am all about the ballet flats and minis -- but something about the combination of the ballet flats, miniskirt, headband, and sassy, hands-on-hips pose makes me think of, well, not your average Chanel consumer. Dakota Fanning, maybe.

Above: Lagerfeld chose this collection to focus on the iconic Chanel jacket, updating this classic with details like asymmetrical hems and inventive collars.

Above: Draping was also a huge technique used in this collection. I adore this white skirt.

Above: Following Alber Elbaz's lead at Lanvin, Lagerfeld gave women a charming little take on the tux. I never thought my latest must-have accessory would be a bow-tie... but we'll see...

Above: The geometric feeling of this reminds me of spring Fendi, but it's still an incredibly striking dress. And the feathers! We're certainly not over those yet, it looks like.

Above: A little too Pretty Pretty Princess for me. Remember what I said about Dakota Fanning? Is Abigail Breslin up for any more awards?

Above: You got it right this time, Karl. See -- you do know what you're doing. Don't mess around with us.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008


John Galliano's given us another fantastical (obviously) couture collection for Dior. It's undeniably impressive, though certainly less focused than, say, his art-inspired fall 2007 couture collection or oragami-influenced spring 2007 couture collection.

This time, his influences were a bit harder to discern - instead, we recognized some of Galliano's usual go-to elements, like sharp, architectural construction, dramatic volume, and neon colors.

Above: One of the more wearable looks in a collection where "wearable" is generally totally irrelevant. I love that shift-looking top -- it's a little 60's and very cute.

Above: This construction around the hips is incredible, and I love the way it gathers at the knee.

Above: I can't really figure out where this pattern comes from in the context of the entire collection, but I do love the way the colors look on that bright white backdrop.

Above: This is a really incredible dress. This is the kind of thing that belongs in a museum.

Above: Another museum-worth piece.

They're saying (they being and j'adore couture) that the collection has traces of Klimt in it, and I can absolutely see it in the gilded trims and geometric detailing, but really I just think it's Galliano doing what he does. The collection may not be the most directional or fashion-forward collection he's ever created, but it's gorgeous.

Monday, January 21, 2008


I swear I'm not one to get my news from Perez Hilton -- but today, the gossip blogger is reporting that Chloe Sevigny is going to be Elle UK's new style advisor - whatever that means.

Well, she's certainly got a look...

i can't

I don't like Kate Moss.

There, I said it.

I think she's a mess. A decent model, sure, but so not worth all the time we spend enraptured in her dramatics.

Plus, she goes out like this:

Yeah, it's a jumpsuit. A Chanel jumpsuit, but a jumpsuit nonetheless, and one spangled with cheesy gold stars. And don't even get me started on the Gene Simmons-esque eye makeup (it's a gold sparkly star around her eye - I know).

I'm pushing for her retirement. No more Topshop designing, no more uninspiring covers, no more coke scandals. We're done.

(P.S. My vote for the next hot model? I'm currently obsessed with Snejana.)

Sunday, January 20, 2008

there are no words.

I'll just let these speak for themselves:

Lanvin, pre-fall 2008.

I will say, though, that the last shot is my new desktop background, and the second shot has become the inspiration for who I aspire to be...

If you lovelies will allow me get all sappy here for a second: this is what I love about fashion.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

just STOP already

We get it, Nicolas. You're a visionary, or whatever. But with this gorgeous new pre-fall collection, I feel like you're showing off a little bit. As someone in one of my favorite movies (brownie points if you can name the movie) put it, "You're like one of those people who brags because they're tall."

Honestly- how many people can fuse classic and incredibly modern, throw in a touch of whimsy, and finish it off with a really, really perfect pair of boots?

Above: Balenciaga pre-fall 2008.

It's the spring skirt and jacket silhouette, but updated in a great plaid.

And I'm telling you now like I told you before (once, twice, three times), this babushka scarf thing is for real.

Also, does anyone want to contribute to the Emily Needs These Balenciaga Boots Fund?

Above: I love the way that little touch of red contrasts with the blue. I also never thought I'd like a shrug again after the seventh grade, but I guess I was wrong. Or is that the sleeve? Does it matter?

Above: I hate (hate) that I'm thinking this, but wouldn't this look great on Ashley Olsen?

Above: Schoolgirl (nun?) chic has never been so chic.

Above: We saw a lot of lingerie inspired looks for spring (here at Derek Lam, MaxAzria, and Dior), but this dress goes beyond the boudoir, so to speak. Pretty is an incredible understatement.

(P.S. I'm serious about that boots fund thing. Monsieur Ghesquière, si vous lisez ceci, contactez-moi -- peut-être on peut arranger quelque chose...?)

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

i love this game!

More pre-fall collections are trickling in, and though I've said that I have a moral aversion to pre-fall collections, I can't resist playing my favorite memory game with Nina Ricci and Chloe:

Above left: Nina Ricci pre-fall 2008. Above right: Giles fall 2007. Ok, so it's not rocket science. Where have we seen a scarf so big it looks like it's eating you up before? Oh, yeah.

Above left: Chloe pre-fall 2008. Above right: Balenciaga fall 2007. This might be a bit more of a stretch, but there are a lot of similarities -- from the bright tights, to the open-toe boots, to the vaguely tribal feeling and trims. More evidence of my theory that everything created by Nicolas Ghesquiere, Miuccia Prada, and Marc Jacobs is eventually recreated by everyone else.


I may or may not be working on a photo shoot tomorrow that may or may not be starring Richie Rich, Traver Rains, and Lydia Hearst... maybe I'll ask them why they're not showing in February?

UPDATE, 1/17: They were pretty much done with the collection when they just decided to "sit out" the show this season, and just throw the party instead. Hmm. Richie Rich is like a cartoon that is ALWAYS in character. Very friendly, if a bit ridiculous. Traver Rains does not speak. Seriously. Lydia Hearst is kind of funny looking.


Kate Bosworth graces the cover of Vogue this month:

I hate to pick favorites, but this is lightyears ahead of Alba on Elle and JLo on Bazaar. And though you can hardly say that the fashion is center stage here, I love the way this looks - from the silky, boudoir-inspired fabric to the perfect, peachy color (I hope it's this Derek Lam dress!).

Monday, January 14, 2008

look look look!'s latest favorite thing:

This darling necklace by Lady Grey.

Really, I just want to second that -- and let you all know about this ultra-cool jewelery line, designed by my pal Jill and her friend Sabine! Yay! Let's make them the next big thing, shall we? Shop shop shop (at the Ernest Sewn store - their online store is coming soon)!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

i smell another reality show.

Gawker reports that tennis player Venus Williams really just wants an entry-level position getting coffee for Anna Wintour - in the hopes of getting a head start in her designing career.

Can't you just see her, sitting next to Lauren Davis in the Conde Nast cafeteria, gabbing about their new Richard Prince Louis Vuitton bags and the Paris couture shows?

NO. I can't see it, not at all.

(P.S. Thanks, Deb. THANK YOU.)

i don't know much about menswear...

But I do know that I'd like to go out with a guy wearing this:

Above: Costume National, fall 2008.

I wouldn't even care that his outfit would upstage mine. And maybe someday he'd let me borrow that plaid trench?

Friday, January 11, 2008

jury's still out.

Victoria Beckham for Marc Jacobs, shot by Jeurgen Teller.

- You can't see her scowling face.
- You can't see her insane cleavage.
- Those shoes are really cool.
- It is kind of funny that she's being swallowed up by a MJ bag.

- Where are the clothes?
- Why does that have to be Victoria Beckham?
- No really, why is Posh Spice in Marc Jacobs ads?

too bad?

Club kid fashion institution Heatherette will not be showing at New York Fashion Week in February.

The Heatherette show has become sort of an epic circus event every season, with hundreds being turned away because the show's over capacity. Screaming crowds of baby drag queens, coked-up club kids, and the fashion people are crushed together, hoping that they'll make it inside to witness Lydia Hearst, Amanda Lepore, and (of course) Richie and Traver strutting or dancing or roller skating in a cloud of sparkles and loud music.

And this year, it's not happening. Somewhere, a glittery rainbow unicorn is weeping.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

project prom?

I missed last night's episode of Project Runway, but maybe you guys can help me out here -

PLEASE, tell me Jillian went home for this:

There's no excuse for an asymmetrical hem, as far as I'm concerned.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008


Calvin Klein's pre-fall collection seemed a bit all over the place for a designer who, generally, has his work cut out for him:

Above: Leggings or wide-leg trousers? Mr. Costa clearly couldn't decide, which makes me feel a little better about my own indecision; while I've officially retired my leggings, I've been trading off between my favorite skinny jeans and my favorite slouchy, wide-leg ones (though one thing's for sure: I can't get back into the flare- I don't care how much Kate Moss loves her J Brand Love Story jeans). As far as Calvin Klein goes, I'm leaning toward the trousers.

Above: Here's a bit of a schizophrenic dress decision: though similar in their simple shape, one is a bit more suited for a night out (gold! mini! strapless!) while the other is a bit more, um, virginal. Hm. Who are you making these clothes for, Francisco?

Tuesday, January 8, 2008


The fabulous Editor over at The Glossy has spilled the contents of her purse for the world (well, the internet) to see, and she's asked me to do the same! So here we are again with 7 things you may not have known about Em - only these are all things you can discover just by rummaging through my enormous mess of a bag:

1. This is the scarf that I wear almost every day, even though it doesn't really match with anything I own. The story: it was in the gift bag from one of my first ever big-time fashion shows, Nicole Miller, for fall 2007 fashion week. It's actually and unfortunately a poncho, with a big slit in the middle for one's head to go through (a sconcho!), but I will absolutely never wear it like that. Instead, it's a scarf, a purse accessory, or a headscarf. One time I was in Miami, and I thought I lost it at a bar; I was the saddest girl in the world until about 15 minutes later, when I found it.

2. A pen I stole from the Hemingway Bar at the Ritz in Paris. I have to be careful not to use it too often, because I will be devastated when it runs out of ink - I get emotional about these things.

3. Old-school pink mini Ipod. I don't know much about music, generally, but I'm lucky because my friends do. Right now I'm listening to a lot of Morrissey and Camera Obscura, courtesy of several awesome mixtapes (well, CDs) from my awesome pal Pat.

4. I am not a makeup girl. For the most part, I don't have a clue what to do with all those powders and potions, but this Benefit benetint is my favorite thing because it's blush and lip stain, in the most perfect rosy pink.

5. My (mostly empty) wallet. My mom gave it to me when I was maybe 16 years old and just starting to really love fashion. I don't think I will ever replace it, even though it's falling apart and there are still remnants of New Year's Eve silly string on it.

6. Books! I love books! The blue one is Portraits and Observations by Truman Capote, my favorite writer of all time (I love him, and would marry him and have a million writer-prodigy babies with him except that he A. was gay and B. is dead). When I'm done with this and The Muses are Heard, I think I will have read everything he has ever written, and I don't know what I will possibly do with myself. If someday I can write half as well as my darling Capote, I will die a happy girl. I almost always have a Truman Capote book in my bag (it's usually my all-time favorite, Music For Chameleons, but I lent it to a friend - withdrawals!).

The yellow book is The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, by Jean-Dominique Bauby. I've been wanting to see this movie only because I heard it had something to do with French Elle - then I heard more about the story and rushed out to get the book. It's about the editor of French Elle, yes, but it's not quite about fashion; at age 43, he suffered from a stroke and became totally paralyzed -- only able to communicate by blinking his left eye. Somehow, with only this, he managed to communicate every word of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly -- and at the risk of sounding like a cheesy, back-of-the-book blurb, I can honestly say that it's an incredibly inspiring story.

7. My sunglasses. Here, read this.


It's official: the Golden Globes have been canceled.

Now, as far as fashion goes, the Golden Globes and other award shows are a few steps behind, say, Paris Fashion Week. However, for those folks that (unlike me) don't spend their lives staring at runway shots on, the award show season is an important way to keep up with the latest trends and fashion news. Who could forget, at last year's Golden Globes ceremony, our first glimpse (above) at what would later become a gorgeous love affair between Reese Witherspoon and Nina Ricci's Olivier Theyskens?

The absent ceremony (and red carpet coverage) is going to be a huge loss for designers -- because seeing Cate Blanchett looking gorgeous in that Alexander McQueeen is absolutely as valuable as any ad campaign.

(Plus, it's always a little bit fun to see what the crazies like Paula Abdul show up in...)

Monday, January 7, 2008

please let it be summer soon.

Inspired by this photo above from the facehunter, I started thinking about sunglasses. After all, New York is experiencing some freak weather these days (tomorrow is supposed to be 65!?) -- maybe summer really is just around the corner!

You should click on the photo above for a better view of this lovely girl's shades - they're pretty awesome. They remind me a little of the Batman masks on the models at the Luella show for spring 2008. And while the glasses might be a little much for my tastes, I give this girl serious props for pulling them off - and for keeping the rest of the outfit simple.

It's true that my heart forever belongs to my Tom Ford Anouk cat-eye sunglasses, seen above, in my profile shot, and basically every other photo that's been taken of me since about May. I'm in love with their retro shape, and the fact that I sort of feel like Natasha from Rocky and Bullwinkle (remember?).

But my next big sunglasses obsession? Heart-shaped.

THEY'RE SO CUTE. I remember seeing a girl walking in SoHo over the summer wearing glasses like these, and it was so refreshing to see something other than Ray-Ban Wayfarers that I almost hugged her.

They're maybe a little costume-y, but so darling I don't even care. These above can be found on Screaming Mimi's website, and I might just need them.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

age ain't nothin but a number

Jennifer Connelly is beyond stunning in the latest Balenciaga ads for Spring 2008. The blue background is perfect to bring out both the bright orange of the dress and her perfect porcelain skin.

There's just one thing, though -- the 37-year-old actress looks positively prepubescent. Anyone else see 16-year old Ali Michael?

Friday, January 4, 2008

bad news:

Rachel Zoe is on my list.

Rachel Zoe is near the top of my list. This is not a list one wants to be on. Others on my list include the entire cast of The Hills, one ex-roommate of mine, Semi-Homemade's Sandra Lee, and others who are generally accepted as terrible human beings, like Benedict Arnold and Lord Voldemort.

The point is: like Sandra Lee and Lauren Conrad and her cronies, Rachel Zoe is now getting a television show.

UGH. I hope it's worse than A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila.