I feel extremely lucky to be returning to Fashion Month for my 3rd season in a row. Between hectic planning and exciting emails, I can’t wait to take on the big apple in September. I have the amazing opportunity to attend the Oscar de la Renta presentation to photograph/live pin the show! Hopefully this season I won’t be too tuckered out at the end of the day to attend events and parties. My best friends (since I was 8-years-old) both live in NYC together and I can’t wait to be reunited with them! Fashion week is around the corner and I haven’t even started packing. If packing is the bane of my existence, then unpacking is my personal grim reaper.
Comm Ave, Boston
Boston. The city that will forever have my heart. I met a guy down here in North Carolina and once I told him where I was from, his first words were, “Fuck the Patriots.” Well at least I have bragging rights to Tom Brady AND Gisele. I can’t wait to go home to my mom and tell her I love her to her face for the first time in ages. I can’t wait to attend my cousin’s baby shower. I can’t wait to get my last Boston Tea Stop strawberry-mango boba smoothie for the summer. I’m even going to alumni weekend (wow I just graduated in May???!!?!) at Boston University. I can’t wait to be home!
May these next two weeks be all about family, friends and fashion.
It all started when I was sitting on my friend’s porch, drinking white sangria soaked up with watermelons. As the hot sun melted our ice cubes away, we got on the extended topic of fashion designers. She told me she liked the brand Chloé. I asked her to repeat the name because I had never heard of it - was it the sangria or my ears? “Kl-oh-ee,” she sounded out (just like the name of your best friend in 3rd grade). “OHHH!” I gasped, “you mean, Chloé.” Since it is a French brand, I always confirmed in my mind that it should be pronounced with a French accent. Living in Paris for a period of time will change the mindset on how you pronounce fashion labels.
Now I am sure we have all watched our fair share of “How to Pronounce Designer Names” videos (my favorite being Givenchy) and have heard 5 different variations of Maison Martin Margiela. English speakers have it tough in a world full of Eurocentric names. That being said, there is still mass confusion of how to pronounce the names of many US designers. As an American, I find it deeply upsetting when someone says Ralph Lauren in a French accent.
The real issues around pronouncing designer names are: risking sounding like a fool to make it clear what designer you are talking about to friends and trying not to feel like an asshole when saying a luxury brand in a fancy accent. So what should you do? Always try to pronounce the brand according to the country the designer originated from, no matter who you are talking to. If someone pronounced a name wrong, I wouldn’t feel so entitled to correct them. I hear a bunch of Americans butcher designer names just by pronouncing them in their natural American accents. If they cared enough to pronounce it correctly they would have done their research, just as many of us have. Designer names can be a mouthful and often intimidating to pronounce. As long as you are confident in yourself, say it like the Parisians, Japanese or Italians would!
Last season at New York Fashion Week, I remember a girl sitting next to me had her phone out the entire show. She was trigger happy. Instead of watching the défilé she was button mashing her screen the entire time trying to get a photo of the action. I felt like she was doing it to confirm to the world wide web that she was, in fact, experiencing an exclusive fashion show. But the funny part was she didn’t even watch the show. She was physically there but not present.
Now a picture may be worth a thousand words, but a great story is worth the conversation. Don’t let social media take away from your experiences; let it enhance them - just like the Valencia filter on Instagram. How many pictures and images do your eyes consume each day? It really is hard to count. You may forget about a cool picture of a toucan in the Costa Rican Rainforest you saw on your Tumblr dashboard a couple hours ago, but you won’t forget a heart-to-heart with a new friend about your mutual love for Froot Loops.
A photo I snapped at Jeremy Scott Fall/Winter 2014
We all hear our fair share of adults saying that cell phones and social media are ruining the way we build and maintain relationships. It is true that media changes the way we think and interact. During a time where everyone and their mother (but actually) think they have ADD, can we possibly point the blame at new media? It’s important to connect with the world around you, and then foster that relationship through new media.
It’s alright to take out your smartphone and snap a picture of the sunset,
but if a sunset lasts, say, two minutes, how much of that time are you willing to dedicate to watching it behind a screen? We are all well aware that a camera could never dream of capturing the beauty of the sun’s amber glow as it sets in the horizon as our eyes do. Don’t miss wonderful opportunities because you were too busy playing with your phone. It is perfectly okay to consume new media, but don’t let new media consume you. Remember, every Instagram should be a #latergram.
A final note: PLEASE. PLEASE stop constantly using your phones at breakfast, lunch, brunch or dinner with friends or family.
I would love to see these two magical worlds collide. If Tanya built a set for Tim, all of my fashionable fantasy and artistic dreams would come true. Both of these artists have an impeccable attention for detail and everything ethereal. This collaboration would be a match made in heaven.
2. Carine Roitfeld x Marina Abramović
These powerful women are known for pushing the boundaries and redefining what art and fashion really are. Although their work may be uncomfortable and controversial at times, together these prodigies would create absolute magic. I could see some sort of live and fast-paced photo shoot for the public to watch and volunteer for. The audience would observe the dualities of sexuality and awkwardness, glamour and humility, submissiveness and power, all directed by Carine herself. If that isn’t performance art, I don’t know what is.
3. Prada x Quentin Tarantino
Miuccia is no rookie when it comes to costumes. There is something about her unrestrained talent of fashion design combined with her futuristic approach. This collaboration would feature a maniac, femme fatale dripping head-to-to in custom Prada with a bad ass shotgun and her two bloodthirsty rotweilers. I think that Prada and Tarantino would channel each other so well. Not to mention, Prada’s latest collection looks like it could have filled the wardrobe for the cast of Natural Born Killers. Honestly, this collaboration is something that should have already happened by now. And already won an Academy Award for best costume design and best picture.
4. Christopher Kane x Dale Chihuly
I can see abstract flower brooches, colorful spiraling bangles and prints of Dale’s psychedelic hand-blown glass sculptures on the designs of British print master, Christopher Kane. Kane’s designs are 3D and really come to life so a collaboration between the two would combine the beauty of architectural fashion design and technical glassblowing.
5. Louis Vuitton x Pierre Hermé
When you mix the most iconic French fashion house with the most celebrated pastry chef in Europe, you get a fabulous and flavorful melange of elegance and sweets. One bite of the most luxurious (and expensive) pastries you have ever tasted will send your tastes buds down the runway and back.
6. Karl Lagerfeld x Nintendo
This video game would trump anyone’s interest in the Kim Kardashian game. I see Karl Lagerfeld as fashion’s Super Mario. In this game, you would play a caricature Karl with his loyal companion, Choupette (kind of like Yoshi…see where I’m going with this?). Some of your tasks include crafting clothing in limited time and gaining points for a PokémonSnap-style instagram photos. Your attack moves are poking people with a sewing needle and lifting up your infamous black sunglasses for a laser beam.
7. Steven Meisel x Robert Wilson
From a man who has revolutionized portraits to a man who invented an entirely new form, a fashion focused collaboration between these two artists would create the most captivating and renowned art. In Wilson’s most recent work, he tapped Lady Gaga for a video portrait that was featured in the Louvre. A video portrait, in a simple way to think of it, is similar to a .gif playing on repeat. Choosing from a list of Supers, Meisel and Wilson would dream up something darkly romantic, and yes, #iconic.
Is there thrift shops in France? You should write a piece of your favorite thrift shop.
I did, it’s in my Guide to Paris. I’m still mad at myself for not getting a vintage Issey Miyake pleated tank top. But if that’s not your style, they have plenty more to choose from. Bonus: it’s right next to a firefighter station ;)