In high school, my friend Kate used to tell me, "You can never be too rich, too thin, or too windblown." Being sixteen and less rich/ less thin/ less tousled than Kate, I took her at her word until my freshman year of college. Then I realized you could definitely be too rich - some of the girls in my hall were so spoiled, they really did want a Starbucks in their kitchen. You could also be too thin - the girl next door to me was sent home with an eating disorder; she was beautiful until she started starving (and puking, yuck). As for the windblown thing, I imagine it now that I see the pics from Melbourne's Fashion Festival. This girl is supposed to be walking down a runway for Christensen Copenhagen, but gale-force gusts and beachy hair are a hard combination. Still, I almost wish the wind was on purpose - this scene is like a McQueen show without all the fuss, and just enough drama to highlight the clothes. See how her hair matches the print?
Lyn Devon Designs My Dream Wardrobe
"It's my Beene Bag!" Lyn Devon exclaims as she holds up a vintage Geoffrey Beene "Beene Bag" dress, given to her by a writer friend. The dress is cream with a red rope cinching the bust. "She knows that Beene is such a huge influence for me," she says. Clearly, the writer understands Devon's take on sportswear. Actually it's not really a take--it's a very literal expression. Devon creates real sportswear--you know, the easy, comfortable, bold work and evening wear pieces inspired by less-formal attire. There are very few designers who create real sportswear these days, save for Michael Kors. This season you'll find a long, lime green, nearly sheer shirt dress with...a drawstring waist. Or a three piece suit in...pique cotton. This, to me, is how I want to dress everyday. Devon's windowpane dress trench, or the windowpane blouse and shorts, are dream pieces. There's also a gorgeous button down blouse with black pearls individually sewn on all over--Devon's take on polka dots. "I wanted to play with the idea of being a lady, so we used things like pearls and bows--but I didn't want it to be too precious," says Devon. The pussy bow, for instance, shows up in a sleeveless a-line dress--made from avocado-colored leather, natch.