When it comes to Fashion Week in New York, I always have a “so close and yet so far away” feeling as a Philadelphian. There’s a blog that always manages to make me feel like I am in the thick of it though. The Cut, New York Magazine’s punchy, funny and sometimes, downright brutal fashion blog, not only has a NYFW newsletter that you can sign up for in order to get the most up-to-date trends and news but they also have one of my favorite NYFW photography columns, Hot Shots. There’s nothing like having a collection of photographs that encapsulates the raw excitement and artistry of what’s happening in the Lincoln Center. By the end of NYFW the collection of photographs filed under “Hot Shots” will create a varietable lookbook of what happened backstage and on the runways. Basically, you’ll feel like you were there, it’s just that you might be wearing your sweatpants instead of Celine.
A good Fall frame is sturdy, chic and looks good with beanies. This season has seen a whole slew of sunny designs that are both impossibly cool and classically flattering. Case in point, the over-sized, thick-framed cat eye. I just can’t seem to get enough of this style. It’s ultra-femme and totally tough at the same time, transforming anyone into a classic starlet (less Audrey Hepburn, more Mae West).
Here’s some cheap, moderate, expensive and really expensive options to consider:
The tortoise-shell, plastic-framed city shades from Forever 21 will do the trick for just $5.80.
The round-frame cat-eyes from the super cheap online boutique Monikapolitan, are just weird enough that you’ll feel dumb you still own them next year, but at $7.00, who cares?
The feline shades from Nasty Gal have the perfect width frame. They come in Fall-appropriate Rust, Tortoise or Dark Gray and will only set you back $28 bucks.
I have some problems with this Ray-Ban pair of sunnies. Although I appreciate that they are offered in the lavender tone, which is a surprising shade for Fall, the frame is really thin and made of plastic. And at $135, I’d rather save my money and buy the more substantial looking pair from Nasty Gal.
The god of all cat-eyes, the Spring 2011 Celine frames are perfect in every way. Don’t even worry about how much they are because you’ll never own them. The waiting list to own these babies has already started and everyone on it has way more money than you.