Hates NYFW, Loves Fall Fashion

New York Fashion Week doesn’t do it for me like it used to. Five years ago, I willingly, gladly, gleefully volunteered to dress full adult models and pour champagne for deep B list celebrities backstage at a fashion show. Now, I steer clear of Manhattan in general during this frenzy, happy to consider changing into something other than Levi 501s a real sartorial attempt.

But even though I’ve outgrown my eager obsession, I still adore clothing. I love the way people dress, the choices they made that add up to an outfit. And nothing feels quite as special as waking up to the start of fall in New York. Here are some of the images inspiring me this season, “tacked” to my metaphorical dorm room walls.

Marianne Faithfull makes me want to steal my mom’s tall boots and get caught reading on what appears to be a baggage claim.

Marianne Faithfull makes me want to steal my mom’s tall boots and get caught reading on what appears to be a baggage claim.

Mick and Bianca are perennial favorites, but this photo just makes me wonder what kind of tailoring bill they ran up in their suited prime.

Mick and Bianca are perennial favorites, but this photo just makes me wonder what kind of tailoring bill they ran up in their suited prime.

I love a weird, vintage dress! And no one does it better than Ms. New York, Chloë Sevigny.

I love a weird, vintage dress! And no one does it better than Ms. New York, Chloë Sevigny.

I wore an awful, thick headband my junior year of high school and when one of my guy friends gently asked me what I was getting at, I sneered back, “It’s Brigitte Bardot inspired!”

I wore an awful, thick headband my junior year of high school and when one of my guy friends gently asked me what I was getting at, I sneered back, “It’s Brigitte Bardot inspired!”

No one does it like JD. And just another reason to tie a silk scarf onto any available surface.

No one does it like JD. And just another reason to tie a silk scarf onto any available surface.

Here we have Christy Turlington presenting a convincing argument for embracing absolute basics.

Here we have Christy Turlington presenting a convincing argument for embracing absolute basics.

Catherine Deneuve is a patron saint of my personal style. I mean, even schlepping is chic on her.

Catherine Deneuve is a patron saint of my personal style. I mean, even schlepping is chic on her.

Here we have James Dean being like, “Looking cool is as easy as slipping on a cashmere v neck and climbing the nearest horse statue.”

Here we have James Dean being like, “Looking cool is as easy as slipping on a cashmere v neck and climbing the nearest horse statue.”

! went through a heavy Bill Murray obsession (much love to my best friend, Ruby, for sticking through that one) but objectively, this blazer is what fall fashion is all about.

! went through a heavy Bill Murray obsession (much love to my best friend, Ruby, for sticking through that one) but objectively, this blazer is what fall fashion is all about.