Friday, March 09, 2012


I don't know about you guys, but I'm kind of sick about hearing the qualifier "fashion must-have" next to something I need like a hole in my head, say a cropped neon pink fur and feather jumpsuit or orange vinyl leggings or for that matter any kind of jegging. Sigh. Remember when jeans were jeans and leggings were leggings?

Not that there's anything wrong with wanting to wear a fuschia and chartreuse sweatshirt that zips up into a hooded face mask with a cobalt lucite harness. It's just that those types of things are not essential. Believe me. You will get way more mileage out of a classic trench, a white button down, and/or a grey cardigan hand knit in the softest cashmere than a hat made out of crustaceans.

But I will say that the crazy kinds of clothes--the ones that might have Anna Dello Russo's approval--those are the things that make fashion fun. If you can't infuse humor into your dressing, you're not going to have a good time when you get out of the shower and stand in front of your closet. Fashion has an amazing ability: the potential to transform. And it does that through the fantasy it can offer, as well as the reality it provides. After all, you do need clothes. I mean, you might get busted for wearing your birthday suit to the bank, depending on where you live.

So, I'm not going to waste your time by trying to explain why you need an Hermès mink blanket. But what I am going to do is suggest, that in addition to evoking glamour and luxury, this baby will definitely lend itself to building a little fantasy in your home life. Think about stretching out over this baby at the end of a hard day, the delicious juxtaposition of folding it over your case-study couch, heck, why not even call your mate and tell them you two are up for a round of playing Ski-Lodge in the Alps" while kicking it fireside one cozy winter eve? I suggest wearing a pair of lederhosen and not much else. Now, that's a fashion fantasy, girlfriend.