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094: Twin sets, long skirts, and motocross jackets
A pair of Marni sunglasses sets today's mood.
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An item to set today’s mood: Marni Black Rainbow Mountains Sunglasses.
I get that the “art” for this segment hardly suggests a focus on sunglasses, but may I counter: Sunglasses are in fact a lifestyle, and it is the persona they cultivate rather than the physicality they possess that determines their impact. The pair that inspired me to step outside of my previously gauged budget for the category were these vaguely cat-eyeish ones from Marni, ones I knew without having to try them on would suit my un-sunglass-friendly head. The character they boil and separate from me is one of ease (say, of someone at a cabin upstate for the weekend), because that is an inner state that they afford me. A simple, black, shiny set of specs that doesn’t sit like an affectation at the center of my face; not referential, but a powerful tool for existing with less friction if you know what I mean. They’re nearly sold all the way out at SSENSE, but here they are at an optical site, European ecomm, and eBay.
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The classic cardigan-tank arrangement isn’t actually shown in this Pleats Please fit, but the buttoning top makes a killer partner for this shade-matched vest; Maryam Nassir Zadeh’s Mia Cardigan and Aria Tank set are doing heavy ‘90s Giorgio Armani work in their slippery, sheer viscose; this actually vintage BCBG Max Azria knit duo features a threaded belt that’s such a time capsule for the era, and has been emulated in this current-season Saks Potts number; a good name for archive hunting, this rust-red Krizia Maglia twinset is probably the most stunning I’ve found, but pricy at almost $300 (here’s another also-good style from the brand for much less); and Lisa Yang’s SSENSE-exclusive cornflower blue colorway is on deep discount so you can get the bra top, cardigan, and lounge pants for under $400 all in.
The MNZ trouser skirt from our Deep Winter Issue is a third off on SSENSE, and it’s surprisingly mutable in a way I wouldn’t have expected from such a specific “genre” piece; this Christopher Esber skirt kills me—the cowl-front satin skirt is attached to pair of built-in mesh undies (or at least has a lingerie effect), total wanton deshabille sex pot behavior; a Chopova Lowena skirt, already 2020s fashion canon, for about $300 off; I recently threatened to sell my own beloved Y/Project SS21 convertible satin skirt to The RealReal, but changed my mind—though it looks like someone else beat me to it; and this Fax Copy Project pleated skirt is a great dupe for the longer (more wearable—learn from my own mistake of investing in the mini) version of the Miu Miu skirt, if only the grey one they had was still available.
and motorcross jackets.
To be candid, no one actually asked for this category, but it’s been knocking around my brain for a bit and I’m the one making the rules here after all—so, we’ll start with this monstera-green Andersson Bell faux-leather one; a super mod ‘60s version in electric blue is perhaps the most evocative; another vegan leather option from the Miaou x Hannah Jewett collaboration; an amazingly priced swirl style from Austrian leather brand Harro; and a polyamide-nylon option from Diesel. All readily available answers to the question of what to wear now that it’s looking like coat weather is behind us.
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