F/W 11 Fashion
Normally at this time of year, I'm talking about my favorite lipstick and the runway-inspired hair I'm dying to try. But due to the impending launch of Who What Wear Beauty, it seemed like a good time to change things up, so here we are with my first fashion must-haves story! There are loads of key pieces on my radar right now-like ground-grazing coats, swoon!-but after much deliberation, I managed to narrow it down to my absolute essentials. From a ring that's reminiscent of a dinosaur's molar to a naughty-and-nice leather skirt, please read on for all of my fall favorites. I hope you enjoy and with that, I bid you adieu!
Mulberry Carter Camera Bag ($1400) in Birds Nest Croc Nappa Leather
It's impossible to express how much I adore all things Mulberry without sounding like a total freak, so I won't yammer on and on about how fabulous the current collection is (though it's truly stellar) or why the brand's so chic. Instead, I will simply point out the Carter Camera Bag, which is one of their new-for-fall styles. It's the ideal shade of elephant gray, so you can truly wear it with anything, and it's literally the perfect size. Really.
Rag & Bone Dunaway Hat ($150) in Serpent
Despite the fact that I have a huge cranium-"It's like an orange on a toothpick."-I have no problem adding to its size with a hat. The chapeau that caught my eye this season is this biggish-brimmed hat from Rag & Bone. Judiciously proportioned, it's wide enough to balance my big dome and hint at the '70s without looking too costume-y. Plus, I love the soft, squirrel brown color; it's striking, but makes a subtler statement than black.
Raoul Leather Midi Skirt ($395)
As the owner of a not-insignificant number of leather skirts, I wasn't so sure I needed to invest in yet another one this season. And then I saw this simple, relatively affordable version from Raoul (one of my favorite brands right now) and suddenly I found myself reevaluating the situation. Its midi length is much more modern than a mini, plus I love the contrast between the prim silhouette and the sexed-up material. I feel like it's almost something that Maggie Gyllenhaal would have worn towards the end of Secretary, which makes it amazing in my eyes, for sure.
Theyskens' Theory Pump Platforms ($465) in Leafy
Confession: I think I'm addicted to Theyskens' Theory. It's no joke, kiddos, I simply cannot stop myself from buying it all. From flutter-sleeved frocks to perfect print blouses to impeccably tailored outerwear (to say nothing of the divinely velvety cords), there basically isn't a piece in the entire collection I wouldn't wear. Even better? The shoes are damn good too, as evidenced by these ombre wedges. Wickedly high, yet weirdly comfortable, these pointy wedges will add a little edge to my ladylike essentials and would also look chic with my favorite cigarette jeans (cropped, black) and a soft, slouchy sweater.
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour ($25) in Peridot
Since this bottle of greenish-gold polish arrived in my office a couple of months ago, I haven't worn anything else. The color is marvelous; it looks different at every angle, a bit like a beetle or a cicada. While at first glance it might seem a bit "man repeller," I've found that just about everyone thinks Peridot is intriguing (even my most fratty friends), not that it matters. This polish is so cool, it might be my all-time favorite, knocking another Chanel shade-Kaleidoscope, remember that one?-off of its longstanding pedestal!
Etoile Isabel Marant Jemet Leopard-Print Silk Blouse ($510)
There's something about the way Isabel Marant cuts her blouses that just keeps me coming back for more. They always skim the body in just the right way and the sleeves always make your arms look skinny-a deft trick, indeed. Accordingly, I'm a wee bit obsessed with this new animal-print iteration. Simple in design and delightfully thin, the blouse is a brilliant investment piece and one that I'm certain to wear for years to come.
Luv AJ Crystal Chunk Cocktail Ring ($121)
If you've seen me in person at any point in the last few months, it's very likely that I was wearing this ring. Designed by the truly talented Amanda Thomas (who was one of our interns, once upon a time ago), the rose-gold plated ring has a prehistoric, craggy look that I just adore. It also has just the right amount of heft to it too; you know you're wearing a ring, but your hand isn't completely weighed down. Do yourself a favor and buy one today. You won't want to take it off-trust me.
Current/Elliott The Cowboy Corduroy Pants ($198) in Root Beer
Emily Current and Meritt Elliott, the genius stylists/designers behind their namesake line, are responsible for approximately 85% of my denim wardrobe. They have such impeccable taste-fabrics, washes, cuts-plus the fits are incredible. I was thrilled to discover they made bootcut corduroys this season, which have a vaguely slacker vibe that I find tremendously appealing. In addition to the russet brown style in today's picks, I'm also going to buy a pair in washed black, as I know I'll live in both pairs all season long.