nyfw 2015

NSFW: Ribs

Can we talk about ribs today? Yea, I mean those things holding your lungs and/ or heart in place. How do we feel about them? I suppose generally well. I like mine in place, minding their own business. But that’s just the point at hand here. Over the past few months, I have begun training for a half marathon, which has meant running three or four miles a day, five times a week (on good weeks) and eating healthier, meaning drastically less sweets (with mixed success). With this curious, but perhaps all too obvious dieting technique. I was surprised a few weeks ago to reacquaint myself with all-too-visible ribs when I exited the shower.

hotel-chevalier-1I have very mixed feelings about this, and I wonder if they are shaped by my American upbringing. I remember when I first saw Natalie Portman in Wes Anderson’s Hotel Chevalier, the prologue to The Darjeeling Limited. To the background of Peter Sarstedt’s Where Do You Go To, My Lovely?, she stands naked in her and Jason Schwartzman’s hotel room, and I remember thinking, Is that what healthy women look like?


Jonathan Simkhai: Autumn/ Winter 2015-16


Now, let me be preemptively clear, I know people come in all shapes and sizes. To misquote Gertrude Stein, “Woman is a woman is a woman is a woman.” But especially post- fashion week, with ribs winking at us under various sheer and translucent fabrics, I’m wondering, is this a sign of my health or my gradual demise…. Any thoughts?


Reconsidering Fishnet

In sixth grade, I found some electric green fishnets on the clearance rack at Kohl’s. When I incorporated them into my Sunday School ensemble, I imagined the bastions of the French avant-garde applauding what was inevitably lost on my church-going compatriots (as fate would have it, our seventh grade exposure to Moulin Rouge, with the women wearing tights that matched mine, would be the ultimate deterrent). All in all,  I thought that fishnets were pretty cool. But until this week, I had quietly retired my fishnets along with the my union jack halter dress and “waterfall”effecting hair clip. Now, I’m beginning to reconsider (well just the fishnets). About two weeks ago, the Sartorialist posted this innovative photo of jeans (a la French chic) that put fishnets back on my radar. Then, can we just talk about the Proenza Schouler Ready to Wear Show? Although fishnets might be too simple a term to accurately portray these looping lovelies, the same gist is there. Alternatively, maybe the takeaway is not about fishnets as tights, but rather fishnets as the couple to a good cutout. I’m thinking might be time to dust off the old fishnets and try them out under some Helmut Lang… What do you think? Would you try this new style, or leave the fishnets with the Moulin Rouge ladies?