Evening Standard - ES Magazine
HAPPY FASHION NEW YEAR!
‘September is the January in fashion...’ declared Vogue’s Candy Pratts Price in the iconic 2009 film, The September Issue. ‘This is when I change, this is when I say, “I’m going to try and get back on those high heels” — ’cos that’s the look.’ Of course it’s not just the most important Vogue issue each year, but the most important sartorial stepping-off point. Pratts Price’s words still ring true — even if they’re less quotable than the late André Leon Talley’s impeccable read on NYFW’s Fall/Winter 09: ‘It’s a famine of beauty, honey, my eyes are starving for beauty!’ When it comes to reassessing your autumn wardrobe, consider a piece from Balenciaga. Its knife boots are made to slice your way through the WFO Tube crowds. It’s also time to channel your inner head girl with school uniform-esque pieces by Miu Miu, with its pleated skirts, neck ties and crisp shirting — just swap the gel pens for a Smythson notebook and you’re good. Then it’s on to thinking about winter coats. In the name of sustainability, pull yours from seasons past, or consider hunting for a vintage piece on Vestiaire Collective. Better start adding to your shopping lists because some luxurious, transformative retail therapy never feels more apt than in the primary month of the fashion calendar.