If you were under the impression that sun-proof clothing resembled something Crocodile Dundee might wear, you’d be right—most of the time. This summer, however, Monique Moore and Anne Botica, are debuting Mott 50, a chicer, more style-conscious take on super-protective beach- and city-wear.
YSL Python Platform Wedges; Pedicure by Terri Silacci; Photographed by Raymond Meier
The python trend is everywhere this spring and fall. Including my feet. I’m not talking about Marc Jacobs’s chunky wooden platforms with the skinny red straps or YSL’s intensely beautiful shades-of-blue wedges—although they’re on my list. I’m talking about my toes.
TREND: Polka dots, recently appearing on knitted hot pants and tank tops in Miu Miu’s 2010 resort collection, then later on the fall runways: on suits at Marc Jacobs, on sheath dresses at David Koma, and adorning sheer chiffon at Stella McCartney.
AS SEEN ON: Street-style star Giovanna Battaglia was spotted—quite literally—striding through the Tuileries in Paris earlier this year wearing a pair of Sergio Rossi’s new Dalmatian booties. British fashion editor Caroline Issa wore her polka dots on a suit, and January Jones was recently snapped running errands in a pair of Topshop’s spotted palazzo pants.
STORE: New York Vintage in Chelsea, which has an archive spanning more than a 100 years. Sienna Miller’s swinging sixties Factory Girl wardrobe was sourced here, as were many of the chic flapper looks from HBO series Boardwalk Empire.
STYLING: We found polka dots of all shapes and sizes, from the micro spots on a full-skirted fifties frock, to the jumbo dots on a floor-sweeping vintage Chanel dress—and that’s not to mention a pair of two-tone spotted fifties heels. As bold as these patterns might be, adding a splash of color with a bright lip, a pair of ruby-red heels or an emerald-green clutch, helps to push the look further forward.
Now that summer’s almost here, and bikes are out in full force, how does a style maven dress when she chooses to move in the elements rather than simply sit in an air-conditioned vehicle? Vogue asks loyal cyclists Lily Cole, Agyness Deyn, Hanneli Mustaparta, and Pamela Love, for their tried-and-tested tips on how to pull together looks for pedaling through the city.
“I love it when women cycle in heels,” says Cole. The redhead beauty has been spotted in short vintage frocks whizzing around Cambridge University (where she’s currently studying art history) on a sleek black Pashley Guv’nor. “I mostly wear trainers or flip-flops,” she continues sheepishly, “but I’m thinking of experimenting with wedges—I have Ferragamo and Christian Louboutin versions.” Perhaps unsurprisingly, intrepid style blogger Mustaparta is another bike/heel advocate. And although she’s shrewd when it comes to her wheels—“I bought a really cheap Brentwood so I wouldn’t be worried it would get stolen!”—she throws caution to the wind when it comes to elevated footwear. “Biking makes it surprisingly easy to do a full day in Chloë Sevigny’s Opening Ceremony heels,” she says with a laugh. “Walking in them tires me out!”
“From the first second, you feel so much love. It is a revolutionary experience. That’s the best way I can describe it. It transforms you completely, in a second. Nature is very wise and gives you nine months to prepare, but in that moment—when you see that face, you are transformed forever.”—Penélope Cruz on the Birth of Her Son in the June Issue of Vogue