Vogue, point of view, July 2013 Issue:
The average American closet is a creative cauldron. Who would we like to be this morning- a preppy in shrunken blazer and driving loafers? An haute hippie, trailing handkerchief hems along with the sound of bangles? An eighties rock-‘n’-roller in black lace?
Standing out as an individual is what we all want and need. The key is to home in on your own distinct look- and then write your own rules around it. Forget what anyone else says or wears- this is the true soul of chic.
The word independent means ‘not subject to control by others: self-governing.’ Independence Day fashion is not about how many variations of red, white and blue we can combine to create a patriotic ensemble. It’s not about wearing an American flag or the strategic drape of its stars and stripes. To this fashion-obsessed lover of the U.S. of A., fashion on Independence Day represents the nature of who we are as a nation; self-governing. I am inspired by the independent thinkers of fashion, the mavericks who break the mold and push the envelope like those pictured above. I love the motorcycle jacket with flat sandals and a girly skirt… and how about the floor length skirt with a flannel shirt? Brilliant! I was so inspired by the middle look that I styled a shoppable evening version…
1. Plaid Chiffon Shirt, $15, delias.com
2. Silvia Silk Maxi Skirt, $210, reiss.com
3. Saint Laurent Leather Cuff, $595, ysl.com
4. Bottega Veneta Clutch, $1393, farfetch.com
5. Stuart Weitzman Silver Pump, $335, zappos.com