I play a little game with myself sometimes. Every hobby/avocation has a version of Top Five. Book lovers ask, who are your five favorite authors? Perfumistas ask, if your house were on fire, which five bottles would you scoop up on your way out? Foodies talk about their best meals ever. My little fashionista version is, If I had to choose, which five designers would I wear exclusively for the rest of my life?
I love this little game, I can amuse myself with it endlessly. My top five are fairly steady with some switching around from season to season depending on what any given designer's been doing, but the last few years the one name I can depend on popping up is Stefano Pilati for YSL. It seems to me that Pilati has mastered the tightrope walk of wearability/fashion-forward-ness. Looking at a YSL collection always gives me the sensation that my eyes are crossed a little and I'm having a wee bit of double vision, because I can always see the clothes through the prism of newness and experimentation, but I also see them as eternally chic staples that I'm going to be able to wear for years to come.
Sophisticated, easy, perfect LBD. Wear this and everyone else in the room will look like they're trying way too hard.
I loved this whole collection, I'd be thrilled to have anything in it, not least because I'd be able to wear it for the next ten years. Investment dressing, definitely, and given the state of things lately, investing in your wardrobe may be the only safe bet left.
The New York shows begin in a couple of days, and from there it's the month-long whirlwind that takes us from there to London, Milan, and Paris. I don't anticipate being able to keep up with everything -- I'll do what I can, but there seem to be more fashion designers than aspiring actors in New York these days, and the shows come thick & fast.