The primary way I think of fashion from a buying perspective aside from wearability is collecting. It’s rather like building an art collection. The first thing I ask myself when making a purchase is: What role does this play in my wardrobe? Not only, Do I need, say, a wide-leg pant. But what does this piece that I’m eyeing have to say within the context of my wardrobe. If I really love a collection (Altuzaara SS12, every Gucci collection by Alessandro Michele, Proenza Schouler SS17), I’ll aim to snap something up from it. But there’s something more subtle going on most of the time. The perfect example is this Erdem dress. It’s my first piece from the designer, so that in itself communicates something new within my wardrobe. But I loved what this piece has to say about romance—dark romance—and nostalgia.
I decided my first day of Spring Summer 17 shows at New York Fashion Week was the perfect place to debut this dress, which I was very very luck to find on sale at Neiman Marcus. (I have said this again and again on this site, and I will repeat ad nauseam that Chicago might be the best place on the planet for shopping. You won’t find the biggest selection in the world but you will discover lucky finds like this one.) It was the perfect dress to quickly jet from Oscar de la Renta to Libertine. Pretty but not too pretty. I decided to pair the dress with these zebra Gucci loafers to add a little zaniness.
Click through the links to see some amazing Erdem pieces—all of which are on sale. Some must simply be seen so we can all take a moment to collectively admire them (that coat) and some are most certainly investments to consider. And then there are the Erdem shoes! These might be my new obsession.
Top: The Oscar de La Renta team. The designers came out and applauded them.
The photos of me during NYFW were taken by Megan Weaver. See more of her work here.