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?
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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.