“I love the opportunity, wherever there is one, to adorn, to decorate, to scent, to dress. That’s what fashion’s all about. It’s not necessary, it’s something you want—it’s a fancy and a whim”—Marc Jacobs to Women’s Wear Daily
I'm going shopping in Manhattan next weekend for a new spring and summer wardrobe. What are the necessities (the basics, the trends) for this season? Which stores should I go to? Money is no object!
money is no object?! hmmm, can you take me with you? just kidding (sort of). my suggestions: hit up my version of a B&B—Barneys and Bergdorfs—two of my favorite stores in NYC that have great everything. Saks’ shoe department is a must-see (and I love the third floor as well). Bloomingdales for 40 Carrots froyo with honey and blueberries (I get one every time I happen to be near the store). then, mosey on downtown and go to Opening Ceremony, which has the best selection of Proenza in NYC and a great edit of Christopher Kane as well (my two favorites right now). if you’re a Zara-holic (I am), check out their new huge store on Fifth Avenue. in terms of trends, I’m all over the map. I still love the look of madly mixed prints but am also moving into a more ladylike moment with full skirts and little blouses. along that line, I also can’t get enough of kitten heels this spring summer. I’m planning on getting a few (!) pairs of classic Manolos this spring!
So if you had to be ONE designer and ONE model who would you be? I love your blog! xx
to be brutally honest, I’d rather not be a model or designer because those are jobs that I’m totally illsuited for—the first one because I’m too, er, senior (and petite) and the latter because I have no aptitude for design. if I had to list my favorite *models: Karlie, Freja, Lindsey Wixson, Jourdan Dunn, Kate Moss, Arizona Muse, Liu Wen, Shu Pei, Nyasha, Kelly Mittendorf (she has an amaze tumblr if you’re not following already), Daphne, the list goes on and on. I tend to like models who have personalities (sounds obvious but you’d be surprised). *designers to wear: Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, Phillip Lim, Jason Wu, Thakoon *designers to wear and one day be best friends with because he just seems swell: Alber Elbaz
Hi Eva, you always have amazing style! And always wear high end designer. Just wondering--how much do you spend on your wardrobe per year? Do you get a salary to spend on wardrobe in addition to your regular pay? x
hehehe, you just made me laugh for sixty six minutes straight. I wish I had a clothing allowance (as it’s called). while I don’t want to horrify the general populace with my exact clothing budget, I will say the following things: *I don’t exclusively wear designer: I love shopping at Zara, J.Crew and eBay (for vintage) and try to mix it into my day-to-day as much as possible. I actually have a semi-rule that not to buy designer flats because they get destroyed in three days from the amount of running around I do. my favorite shop for flat shoes is Zara! *if Harvard gave out PhDs for shopping sales, I’d get one with the highest honors. I frequently shop on The Outnet and Yoox—there are amazing deals to be discovered on those sites if you’re willing to dig a bit! lastly, if you fall in love with something that’s still wildly out of your price range (unless it goes on sale) ask salespeople to take down your name and number and call you when it’s reduced… or call them when sale season begins. if it’s gone, try eBay. tadah— those are a few of my shopping secrets! ^.^
Hi Eva <3 All my friends have AMAZING styles and all stand out from the crowd. They have big bugets and can afford topshop and urban outfitters, but I can't afford anything like that. Can you help me find a fabulous style without breaking the bank? xxx
one word answer: vintage. Topshop and Urban (and, like, every other designer/brand) are inspired by vintage so why not go straight to the source? scour eBay and your local thrift shops for unique items and think outside the box—just because something is floor-length doesn’t mean it can be converted into a mini-dress, sleeves removed, etc. one of my favorite pieces in my wardrobe is a full, flowery skirt (that happens to be vintage bespoke Ferragamo!). celebrities, models, editors—it’s universally complimented upon… and I found it for under five dollars in Palm Springs, huzzah
Hi Eva! I have a question. My skin has been super bad lately (like acne-bad) and to cover it all I have been slapping on tons of foundation but at the end it just looks like a bad mask. Do you have any trics or techniques with make up to make it look (at least a little) better? x Alice (ps. Your blog is heaven)
I’m sorry to hear about your skin woes! before I get to practical advice of how to cover it up, can we please discuss what’s been causing your acne? is it stress? hormones? laziness/forgetting to wash your face at night (or after the gym, etc)? I always prescribe a proactive approach of preventing acne so that you don’t have to deal with the hassle of covering it up. in regards to covering it up, first of all, don’t pick at your face. once you pick, the skin gets 10000% more inflamed and craggy (especially if it gets—ugh—oozy or infected) and no amount of makeup can make it look better. I’d invest in a primer that’s appropriate for acne-prone skin. use it after you wash and treat your face. it’ll help create a smoother canvas for makeup. I like the ones from Murad and Philosophy! good luck and keep me updated on your progress…
Hi Eva. Could you recommend me a nourishing hair mask/ give me tips on what would make my hair lovely and glossy?!
I love the masques (it’s a French brand, I’m not being pretentious) from Kerastase, if you can splurge! there’s one for every hair type. the masks from Pureology are excellent for colored hair and—sidenote—I love their shampoo and conditioner for fine hair. another factor in the quality of hair: protein. are you getting enough? it’s a building block for your locks (couldn’t resist the cheesy rhyme) and will make a big difference in the health of your hair. also, I always finish my hair washes with a blast of cold water. it’s an old tip but it works—it seals the hair cuticle, which helps to reflect light
HI!! I'm 13 and I have very limited make-up and fashion choices, but fashion is my life! I haven't exactly found "my style" yet so I like to say that when it comes to "my style", I'm still rolling in the deep;). I've been saving up my b-day money to buy a new wardrobe, but I'm afraid of not making the right fashion choices, as well as the $$$. Please help!!
you’re going to roll your eyes at me and gnash your teeth because this will seem like the least practical advice ever but… enjoy being 13 and not having a set/prescribed style. experiment with every style: girly, tomboy, and everything in between. why? because by the time you reach your late teens, college, and definitely when you start working, you will feel pressured to dress a certain way, whether it’s to appease your place of employment, to fit in with friends (not that I condone dressing a certain way to fit in with friends—I just know that socially speaking, assimilation can be an important part of bonding), etc. so while you can—don’t worry about making mistakes, don’t worry about not having a “set” style (I am way, way older than you and still don’t have one signature look), and play dress up!
Eva - first of all, wonderful blog! You give such great insight to inquiring minds and share so much with the world through your posts - truly an inspiration! My question is: How does the fashion/magazine industry view tattoos, piercings, and unnatural hair colors in the workplace?
well, I hope they’re accepting of it, considering the back of my head is a bright violet at the moment. I really think it depends on the magazine/fashion house. Vogue and Teen Vogue, for instance, are quite different in terms of aesthetic (despite being sister publications). I imagine that Nylon and Town & Country are rather different too ^.^ it’s a bit of a self-selecting situation though—if you’re the kind of girl who is super experimental and into playing with color, tattoos, piercings, etc… you probably wouldn’t want to work for a traditional/conservative designer magazine anyway. my personal philosophy on tattoos/piercings/bright hair? you can easily redye or cut your hair, you can remove a piercing in seconds… tattoos can be covered up—but only removed at great cost and pain—so choose wisely for the latter