It’s officially that time of the year: Fresh school supplies and autumn sweaters and crunchy leaves are in the offing. To prep properly, be sure to pick up the Teen Vogue September 2012 Fall Fashion Issue on newsstands now! I would send it to you, along with—in the words of the legendary Mr. Joe Fox (a.k.a. Tom Hanks c/o the late great Nora Ephron’s pen in You’ve Got Mail)—”a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils, if I knew your name and address… on the other hand, this not knowing has its charms.”
Anyhow, I was honored to contribute to a stellar Victoria Lewis piece probing into the accessibility and historical roots of eccentricity in fashion, which can be found on pages 228-231 of the back-to-school issue.
Be sure to check out my brilliant cousin Katherine Bernard’s article on enclothed cognition at Vogue.com! She interviewed me (and my academic advisor, J. Timothy Cannon, Ph.D.) about the psychological underpinnings and social neuroscience at play when we choose what we wear and how the garments alter various self-perceived attributes—which can in turn impact our attitude, performance and behavior.
…In preliminary findings from a study published on the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology’s website, subjects who donned white coats that they thought belonged to doctors performed better on tests than those who wore street clothes, or those who thought the coats were associated with artists. Their heightened focus was evident only when subjects actually put on the coat in question (not merely when they were in the same room). It’s no secret that assembling an outfit is like selecting social armor, and that what we wear has power over others (if there weren’t truth to the cliché “lady in red,” designers wouldn’t be making so many scarlet dresses), but this study shows if you have a strong cultural association with a garment, wearing it can affect your cognitive processes… To explore this theory, Vogue asked several women—in careers ranging from art to e-commerce to politics—what pieces in their closets helped them bring their A-game to work… Model and psychology student Julia Frakes always gravitates toward Prada for interviews, and has a go-to brand for test taking: “I wore Marni when I took my Wechsler exam [designed to measure adult intelligence]. I swear Marni increases one’s self-perceived intelligence levels.” Suffice it to say, Frakes scored a high performance IQ. So, tell the skeptics: Your closet isn’t frivolous, it contains a myriad of channels to heightened performance, a selection of gateways to the best versions of yourself. As Jonathan Lethem said in his novel You Don’t Love Me Yet: “You can’t be deep without a surface.”
Sidenote: Last Saturday, Katherine and I ventured to New York Adorned and were pierced (conch/helix details here) by the gentle maestro J. Colby Smith (in Vogue, here). Also, bangs happened.
Paper Magazine May 2011 — "Styled Like Me"
I am heartily flattered to be featured amongst the industry legends within Paper's Social Media issue on newsstands now! I truly had a ball on set styling this little last-minute piece (including the four girls at right) alongside such an funloving crew; my sincerest thanks again!
On me: Maison Michel lace ears, Pamela Love turquoise skull necklace, Lulu Frost vintage charm necklace, Timo Weiland rain parka, Shipley & Halmos jumper, Alexander Wang Marion mini flap bag, Chloë Sevigny for Opening Ceremony x Fogal floral tights
Natalie: Chloë Sevigny for Opening Ceremony Sophie puff sleeve houndstooth dress, Lulu Frost vintage charm necklace, Henrik Vibskov Sokke bomber cardigan, vintage Navajo beaded belt, Acne wedges, Victoria Grant hat, Pamela Love tribal ring
Iris: Deyrolle pour Opening Ceremony cat print tee, Marc Jacobs floral pin (worn as headband) and rust silk overalls, Rag & Bone beige net vest, Pamela Love spiked cuff, vintage Gravati brogues (with American Apparel peach ribbon laces)
Aubrey: Opening Ceremony grey felt cap, Prada embroidered monkey top, Chloë Sevigny for Opening Ceremony Lissy boxy swing dress (shown as skirt), 3.1 Phillip Lim clogs, Lulu Frost vintage necklace and mesh bracelet, Derek Lam Ume ram messenger bag
Flynn: Opening Ceremony Liberty print straw hat, Jeanette Farrier sari shawl, 3.1 Phillip Lim bow midriff dress (view here), Acne blazer, Hansel from Basel woolen pixie leggings, Marc Jacobs sunglasses, Alejandro Ingelmo for Chris Benz wedges
Check out Opening Ceremony New News for quick phone pic snapped just before hopping uptown to toast Blake Lively at the Chanel event last evening. Details here.
2010 Blue Ribbon Countdown, Part 1: I have already sung my deepest praises for the practical — well, comparably speaking — Spring 2011 Prada WEBO (wedge-espadrille-brogue-oxford hybrid), but Miuccia’s swirly-twirly gumdrop of a lace-up wedge is the stuff of North Poleon legend. And so, I tip my (elf) hat…
I know it is exceedingly niche, but I am a massive fan of the wedge-espadrille-brogue-oxford hybrid (aka “WEBOs”). For my birthday this past March, I was practically beside myself to receive the S/S 2010 Opening Ceremony par Robert Clégerie WEBOs—and, as my friends can attest—I literally wore them to their grim, tattered death.
So I suppose it goes without saying that I am ten types of psyched for the S/S 2011 Prada WEBOs to somehow… eventually… hopefully… (possibly?) find their merry way into my life.
Oh, and I hope you appreciate my camp photoshop skillz. The endeavor took ages and a team of twenty. Not really.