Fall is officially here and, even though it might not feel like it yet, according to all of the Instagram influencers clogging up my feed with their best
unoriginal fall pics, last Monday was the first official day of fall. Which means that, if you still haven’t switched over your wardrobe yet, it’s officially time to get on that. It’s also time to go shopping for updated fall pieces, because who doesn’t want another excuse to shop? There are some amazing fall trends worth getting on board with right now like, ’70s silhouettes, dad jeans, and animal print. But of course, in keeping the world balanced, for every fall trend that I’m loving, there’s another that I cannot get behind. So here are the five fall trends you won’t see me in, and that I hopefully won’t see you in either, plus some alternative fall trends to try instead.
I feel like every couple of years this trend comes around and, in the least shocking thing ever, I hate it even more. It’s not only impractical, it’s also ridiculous looking. In my humble-yet-judgy opinion, fashion capes are on the same spectrum as fashion ponchos. And let me clarify something for you all: ponchos are for the rain, and capes are for superheroes. If you’re gonna be a hero, be the kind that doesn’t wear capes. Instead of the costume-y cape trend, opt for a more effortlessly cool and trendy extra-long duster.
2. Shakespearian Ruffle Collars
I’m sorry, but no one can pull of this trend. Even Shakespeare himself looked like a straight clown in his ruffled collar. Instead of the obnoxious ruffle collar, try a romantic-inspired balloon sleeve. It’s a way more flattering look and also one that won’t scare away small children.
3. Micro Purses
Again, I can’t get behind an impractical trend. The tiny bag trend was already throwing me off, so now that we’ve gone micro, I’m out. I pray that since we’ve now gone so micro, fashion will switch over to the other extreme, back to oversized Olsen-level hobo bags from here on out. But anyway, these micro bags are bullsh*t. I can’t afford to lose any more credit cards, and this bag doesn’t even look like it could fit my keys and one other thing. So instead of an impractical micro purse, try just a small ’90s style shoulder bag. At the very minimum, you can at least fit your phone and like, a pack of gum.
4. Statement Hats
The name of this trend alone gives me cringe sweats. Like, a statement hat… that doesn’t even make sense. A hat, in itself, is a statement. So now you’re trying to do a hat, that’s also going out of its way to make a statement? I can’t. The only people who can get away with wearing a fuzzy bucket hat are LL Cool J and Cam’ron. Get on their level and then we can talk. In the meantime, maybe try some cool hair accessories instead?
5. Colored Tights
Colored tights scare me. They are reserved for kindergarten teachers, and kindergarten teachers only. They feel very Ms. Frizzle and the Magic School Bus. Although, I just looked it up and she apparently didn’t actually wear colored tights. But seems like she would have, right? I don’t know, either way, they’re gonna be a no, from me dawg. Instead, try a subtle animal print tight.
So that’s my list of hard nos. Other than these, everything else I’m on board with or, at the very least, can tolerate. I’m sure you will all be commenting with misguided aggression to disagree with my selections as you like to do, so have at it.
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Fall really is the best time of the year. I say that not just because I’m a basic betch who loves apple picking, but because this weather is perfect for showing off your wardrobe before we’re all stuck in parkas and beanies for the next four months. While not everything we see on the runway is happy hour appropriate, we can certainly take some inspo from our favorite style icons. I promise I won’t make you look like a street-style blogger in some crazy outfit trying to “get the shot”—no offense to bloggers. I totally love them. Here are the hottest fall fashion trends and where you can get them for less.
1. ’70s Chic
2. Suit Dresses
4. Tonal Ensembles
5. Midi-Maxi Dresses
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NYFW is just around the corner and, before you know it, your Insta feed will be flooded with pics of celebs, influencers, and that girl from high school who went to Zara once and now has a fashion blog. I agree, Fashion Week can be annoying af. But it’s totally important to be in the know about everything Fashion Week so that you can stay ahead of the upcoming trends. For those of you who know little to nothing about fashion, consider this article your version of Fashion Week for Dummies. Now, you’re probably dying to know which celeb will have the honor of sitting front row next to Anna Wintour this fall? And, even more importantly, who will get a better seat at the shows: True Thompson or Stormi Webster??? (Yeah, I didn’t know that was Stormi’s last name either. Apparently, Travis Scott’s real name is Jacques Webster #themoreyouknow.) Well, I don’t have all the answers, like why the f*ck Travis Scott’s name isn’t actually Travis Scott. BUT, I do have the answers to your most basic Fashion Week questions. So let’s get to it. Here’s everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Fashion Week but were too embarrassed to ask.
Wtf Is Fashion Week, And Why Does It Matter?
Fashion Week is when the industry’s top designers present their collections for the upcoming season to the industry’s “elite.” Traditionally, this is done through the format of an actual fashion show. Although, in recent years, the formats designers are choosing to use has begun to change. (More on that later.)
When Is It?
Fashion Week happens twice a year, once in February and once in September. During this time, designers show their collections for the upcoming season. For example, this fall’s show will actually be for their collections available in spring/summer 2019. This year, Fashion Week starts on Sept. 6th with New York Fashion Week.
Why Does It Seem So Much Longer Than A Week?
Because, realistically, it’s more like Fashion Month. There are four different Fashion Weeks that each occur in four different cities: New York, London, Milan, and Paris. The location of a designer’s show or presentation is based on where he or she is from and/or where their brand is headquartered.
How Long Are The Actual Shows?
Most runway shows only go for 10-20 minutes, with about 30 to 40 looks per show. However, it’s extremely rare that any show actually ever starts on time. So yes, it’s cool to be “fashionably late.”
You MUST be invited to Fashion Week. This isn’t some free-for-all where you can just walk in with the local homeless guy. And, if you actually are invited but aren’t an editor, celebrity, or fashion blogger, then you’re def not sitting front row (if you even get a physical a seat at all.) If you’re not an industry “somebody”, you’ll probs have a “standing” seat. For those commoners who can’t even score a standing “seat”, you can live stream most of the shows from home.
Why Do People Go?
Mainly, publicity. Celebs go and sit front row to either support designer friends or to promote specific brands. A la the Kardashians front row at Balmain, who are besties with Oliver Rousteing. A lot of store buyers go to Fashion Week to start envisioning their orders for the upcoming season. Editors go to forecast trends and select pieces they may want to feature in their magazines.
Why Are The Clothes In The Shows Stuff Normal People Would Never Actually Wear?
The runway shows aren’t for “normal” people. Designers present product that is relatively different than what is actually sold in store. The shows present exaggerated or more dramatic versions of what will actually be available for sale. Designers do this in order to have a greater artistic impact and present a stronger sense of the theme of the collection. It’s kind of like when you dress over-the-top hot to catch the attention of your ex at the bar.
The short answer? A lot. The format of the shows is the biggest change happening right now. Some designers are forgoing the traditional “show” format completely. Instead, some are opting for a presentation set-up where the models basically just act as mannequins. Other designers are choosing to just invite select people to their showroom. While still, others are opting for completely different settings and experiences for their “shows”, such as restaurants, styled suites, and cocktail parties.
Why The Change?
Designers are doing this to create more Instagram-friendly environments. Designers want to create more interactive experiences because, in today’s world of Instagram, they recognize that the power of their collections is its visibility on social media. They know that if their collection is all over your Insta feed, that will have a greater impact than them hosting an expensive show. Other than changing the format of their shows, some designers are changing the timing of their shows altogether. For example, Alexander Wang announcing he is leaving NYFW completely in favor of a June and December schedule, which allows for a “see now, buy now” model. Basically, designers are starting to break the traditional Fashion Week rules because the rise of social media has changed the need and exclusivity of being at an actual show.
So You’re Saying Instagram Is Causing The Demise Of Fashion Week?
I mean, it’s causing the downfall of our society, so it should come as no surprise that it’s the downfall of Fashion Week as well. *Pauses to Insta a post from this weekend.* With the fall of print media, specifically print magazines, newer generations aren’t influenced by magazines the way past generations were. Rather, they’re influenced by social media. Social media has created a newfound transparency and access between designers and consumers, and designers realize they need to capitalize on this. Not only that, but in today’s instant gratification economy, consumers want to see it now and have it now. Thus, many designers are now rolling out “see now, buy now” collections rather than showing product that won’t be available for several months. Basically, designers are breaking free from traditional Fashion Week rules in order to meet the more direct-to-consumer in today’s market climate.
Most Importantly, How Can I Go To The Parties?
Unless you’re an “elite” member of the fashion industry, it’s going to be a little more challenging than looking hot and flirting with the door guy. But, if you’re willing to strap on some balls to get there, there are a few tactics to making it happen. The most important aspect of whichever approach you choose is to act super assertive and aggressively confident. Like, even more confident and direct than back in the day when you had to present your fake that looked nothing like you to the suspicious bouncer. One way to manipulate your way into a party is by telling the door person that you’re someone famous’ niece or nephew. Like, would you know Tom Cruise’s niece if you saw her? Does he even have a niece? Idk, and I doubt the person at the door does either. Another method is to call ahead to the party or venue pretending to be your own publicist. Tell them that you want to add your client (aka yourself) to the guest list. Another idea is to pretend you work for a media company. Really get into character and make some fake business cards and wear a nice camera around your neck. You’ll probs look legit enough to just get let in. Oh, and take advantage of the nervous interns who don’t know any better. Or, show up early and tell the person at the door you’re an intern working the party. Realistically, an intern’s boss barely knows his/her name. Meaning, the door guy def won’t know your name or even who is and isn’t an intern. When none of that works? Money talks. Offer to bribe the door person. He or she works in the fashion industry, which means they make little to no money but have an addiction to nice things. Slip him or her that hundo that gets her one step closer to buying the latest Gucci sneaks and it’s super unlikely she’ll turn you down. I know I sure wouldn’t.
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Fans of Gossip Girl and/or The Bling Ring, you are in luck. Over the past few months, the story of the first big “scammin’ for the ‘Gram” con artist has come out, and it is wild. I’m already excited for the movie. Here’s the story. On the surface, Anna Delvey (born Sorokin, age 27) is basically everyone you follow on Instagram. She was rich, she always dressed in designer clothes, and she frequented restaurants whose entrées cost more than your rent. She also happened to be a massive fucking fraud (allegedly), and is currently in jail on charges of alleged grand larceny and theft of services. So, how did this complete rando casually adopt the lifestyle of a Kardashian? (No, this is not a how-to guide. Note the part where she’s in jail.) Let’s take a look. The Cut did an amazing job reporting on it, and you should definitely read the complete story, but if you don’t have time to read it all right now but don’t want to sound stupid at happy hour when literally everyone is talking about it, here’s our shorter breakdown for you to read first.
What Did Anna Delvey Do?
What’s sad/brilliant is how fucking easy it all sounds. Anna shows up with her “ambiguously accented” English, giant Céline sunnies, and a seemingly endless supply of cash. Naturally, people fall all over themselves to befriend this assumed trust fund baby. They spend a few months enjoying extravagant gifts, dinners, and weekend getaways—until Anna’s credit card “stops working,” and someone needs to cover the bill.
In total, Anna allegedly scammed an estimated $275,000, including at least $50,000 in unpaid NYC hotel fees alone. Am I appalled for the individuals Delvey ripped off? Absolutely. Am I the tiniest bit impressed at her innate gift for spending money like a billionaire? Um, yeah. The list of Delvey’s purchases—not including the thousands on airfare, hotels, and decadent vacations—covers a $3,500 private jet rental, multiple Tesla rentals, $4,500 personal training sessions, Gucci sandals, Alexander Wang leggings, Supreme hoodies, $800 highlights, $400 eyelash extensions, cryotherapy, multiple iPhones, and a case of 1975 Dom Perignon. Wait, is this my Pinterest page or someone’s rap sheet? V confusing.
Actual footage of Delvey walking through her hotel lobby:
So, Who TF Was This Girl?
As for the origin story of Anna Delvey, we know she grew up in Russia, went to school in Germany/London, and then got an internship in Paris at Purple magazine. As I assume happens to most people who intern at fashion magazines in Paris, this is where Anna took a turn into becoming a horrible person. The next few years of her life are hazy, but basically she emerges into New York’s social scene. By 2013, she was a Fashion Week regular, attended “all the best parties,” hosted celebrity dinners with random guests like Macaulay Culkin and Martin Shkreli, and was, as one acquaintance put it, part of “the 200 or so people you see everywhere.” Delvey was reportedly not, as you might expect, “superhot…or super-charming; she wasn’t even very nice.” All that mattered was that she was in the right places, wearing the right clothes, and appearing to spend the right amount of money.
Why Did No One Stop Her?
The big question, obviously, is how she kept the alleged scam up so long. At the rate she was burning money, the fact that she didn’t have the capital to back it up definitely should have come up sooner. And the reason it didn’t is definitely not because she had an airtight story or was particularly good at lying. To begin with, this girl was claiming to be a German heiress without really speaking German. As this Independent article points out (a little too gleefully IMO—we get it, Americans are dumb), “a quick quiz in German could have cleared it all up very speedily.” But honestly, no one who was around Delvey had any interest in finding out if her story was fake—people just wanted her to keep buying shit, trusting that the payment would eventually come through.
As for how she covered it when payment didn’t come through—which was often—Delvey allegedly claimed unsuccessful wire transfers from a (nonexistent) trust fund in Germany. She also reportedly fabricated a financial adviser named Peter W. Hennecke who corresponded on her behalf when she attempted to get a loan of $25 to $35 million from various banks. The phone number associated with Hennecke was found to be a burner from a supermarket, his email was an AOL account, and when people started asking questions, Delvey literally pretended Hennecke had died. I cannot make this up. Ultimately, her debts caught up to her, and she was arrested outside rehab facility Passages in Malibu. How very Lohan of her.
What’s She Doing Now?
As mentioned, Delvey is currently in jail, a turn of events she’s taken surprisingly well. “People seem to think it’s horrible,” Delvey says about literal prison, “but I see it as like, this sociological experiment.” Many quotes from Delvey’s time in jail give me pause, like when she marvels over her cellmates’ accounts of identity theft (“I didn’t realize it was so easy”), and the tidbit that “the murderers were the most interesting to her.”
Essentially, this girl is troubled—a fact equally on display in her still-existing Instagram account, which features terrible selfies interspersed with pictures of literally blank white space. Also, most of the comments on these pictures are from clearly fake accounts, with 5-10 posting the same comment verbatim within minutes. This is not the Instagram account of someone who is okay.
If there’s a lesson to learn here, it’s that owning designer athleisure and keeping a stack of $100 bills handy is a great way to convince people you have a trust fund. Seriously though, it’s an extreme example of how the Instagram existence we crave is more often than not an illusion, specifically designed to blind people with displays of money while obscuring the reality underneath. Maybe if we were less desperate to make our lives LOOK wealthy and fabulous, we wouldn’t be so eager to believe someone like Delvey, who displayed more than a few red flags. And maybe we could stop breeding criminals whose primary goal is to spend more money on bottle service and sweatpants from Supreme. Just a thought.
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Since last week, New York Fashion Week has been in full swing. That means we’re seeing
slightly fugly avant-garde fashion, more goth makeup than usual, and a fuck ton of models on the South Beach Fat Flush, strutting runways only the rich and famous get to touch. If you’ve checked Instagram in the last two minutes, you’d see all the celebs we love to hate are flooding our feeds with flashy parties that look better than any club in Meatpacking. For the time being, using “street style” as an excuse to defend our lazy brunch outfits is forgiven. While that all remains the same every year, each season also means we’re getting a fair notice on what to start wearing so we don’t look like homeschooled jungle freaks. This is the fashion world so even though fall barely started, we’re already looking forward to seeing which knockoffs will hit the shelves of our fave chain stores next spring. From a scrunchie comeback to leaving the fierce winged liner behind to actually considering buying a camo dress, here are the biggest fashion and beauty trends from NYFW spring 2018.
1. The Return Of The Scrunchie
Mansur Gavriel officially gave the okay for scrunchies in their fall 2017 collection this NYFW. Models had very loose, effortlessly styled ponytails held back in the 90’s staple in an assortment of colors. There are two kinds of
evil scrunchie people in this world: Those who swear by them, and those who refuse to wear an obnoxious band on her wrist (aka me). Regardless of who you are, designers Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel have made them a thing again, granting us permission to throw our hair in the messiest of buns with these nostalgic bands and no one can judge you for it. Lexi was truly ahead of her time.
2. Say Goodbye To Winged Eyeliner
Every thot’s signature makeup look may actually be considered out of style next season. I mean, realistically, for as long as I’m living it won’t be, but Jason Wu says otherwise so I’ll roll with it if it helps him sleep at night. He wanted his models to imitate the perfect vacay glow with freshly bronzed foundation and fake freckles, finished with a uniquely shaped liner. A “fingerprint” is used to best describe it. I guess you put your thumb in some eyeshadow, stamp each side of your eyes, and bam. Winged eyeliner, meet edgier “I’m blackout in 5 minutes” rounded liner.
3. Pastels And Floral
A major trend seen on the runways this season was flirty hues of pinks, yellows, and purples, along with delicate floral print. Flowers for spring? Groundbr—fuck it, you all know the quote. After the moodiness of fall, clothing will start to liven up, turning into pastel shades that aren’t too loud with faint patterns of floral and flattering stripes. Take Trina Turk’s collection for an example. It honestly looks like Lilly Pulitzer 2.0, but better because every basic sorority girl hasn’t gotten to it (yet).
4. More Street Style, Even More Camouflage
Rave-esque colors are def going to be a thing next season, so this is my fair warning that every Forever 21 will soon look like Electric Daisy Carnival puked in it. I’m talking neon yellow dresses (honestly, gross), fuchsia pink pants, and cobalt blue tops. Take that and incorporate a dash of Kendall Jenner’s famed street style game, and you have the upcoming Kendall + Kylie spring collection.
View the Kendall + Kylie Spring 2018 collection in full: https://t.co/UTZiiYjpZM pic.twitter.com/9CPMjEs29O
— Vogue Runway (@VogueRunway) September 8, 2017
While the two have some weird bright colored mesh pieces, they also couldn’t leave out their infamous casual wear of booty-hugging jeans, plunging bodysuits, and camo accents. Unfortunately, they weren’t the only two to add camouflage to their collection so I guess this means we’re all going to look like wannabe upstate hicks.
5. CEO And Corporate Hoes
… was my favorite sorority mixer theme when I was young, fun, and
cool in college. I guess all outfits I wore to channel my inner Risky Business weren’t a complete and utter embarrassment waste of time. Literally, almost every designer, including Tom Ford, has made it a point to add sexy business casual to their collection. Maybe to spice things up in the office a bit, maybe to encourage infidelity in the workplace… IDK. But, it is obvious that fitted suits, low-rise trousers, and oversized blazers will be an even better excuse to thot it up right after work (not that you ever needed one).
^^^I think your HR rep would literally choke if you showed up to work in this.
It’s New York Fashion Week aka the
one 67th time per year when fashion designers gather in some world capitol to show off the latest trends since the last time there was a fashion week. There are a lot of questions surrounding this mysterious event, like “how many pounds of cocaine are ingested by the models?” and “how can I get in?” We already tackled one hard-hitting question: what the fashion industry does when it’s not fashion week, so for NYFW we set our sights on a bigger issue. Fashion designers and models: What do they know? Do they know things? Let’s find out.
In pursuit of this truth we sent Ashley Austin Morris, our Betch on the Street, to ask the uncomfortable questions. Things like “Who is Kellyanne Conway?” and “Will building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico make it harder for models to do key bumps in the bathroom?” For answers to these important questions and more, check out the video!
After what feels like a full minute since the last one, NYFW has arrived! This is the week when the fashion industry’s top designers, models and photographers gather to celebrate the latest trends in clothing and accessories. It’s basically the best week of the year, which is amazing because there are officially now only two weeks of the year that aren’t fashion week. That made us curious, what exactly does the industry do when it’s not celebrating itself in a trendy world capital? We launched an investigation and talked to the top names in fashion to find out.
“There are thousands of photographs taken at every fashion week, which means the bulk of time in between fashion weeks is spent scrolling through pictures and clapping for each of the models as if they were still walking down the runway. This is an important ritual that can take up to 18 hours per day.” — Anna Wintour
“Coping with the fact that it’s not fashion week is something that no designer should have to do alone. That’s why we all gather in between the London, Paris, New York and Milan events to hold hands and watch Michael Kors weep uncontrollably.” — Kate Spade
“Just because the fashion industry acknowledges that sometimes it’s not fashion week, doesn’t mean we have to accept it. We hope to eventually live in a world where every day is fashion day. That’s actually my greatest wish, followed by world peace.” — Kendall Jenner
“After a full day, the fact that it’s not fashion week gets to be pretty exhausting. That’s why in the ’80s Calvin Klein began the tradition of hosting fake fashion weeks in his apartment so people didn’t go insane. He’s credited with saving the industry by many in the inner circle.” — Heidi Klum
“Not fashion week? I don’t understand the question.” — Marc Jacobs