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Monday, February 16th 2009

ultimate closet: fashion week edition

Morgan (left) and Kate after the DVF show.

Packing for Fashion Week is always a brain tease for me. Trying to get eight days of FW-worthy looks together combined with attempting to dress for February’s notoriously unpredictable weather? It’s the ultimate sartorial challenge. But with our recent Ultimate Closet feature still fresh in my mind, I started with the essentials for this time of year: outerwear, shoes, and handbags.

I love my YAYA leather jacket. Not only has it become my signature piece, but it’s also really warm for how light it is. I can throw it on wherever I go this week, so it’s all I need. Done.

Next: shoes for whatever FW throws at me. For boots, I went with studded combat boots from the What Comes Around Goes Around store, my incredible shrinking over-the-knee-boots (everything but the heel is spandex and suede, so they compress into a tiny ball), and my square-toe booties. (Both of the latter are from Jean-Michel Cazabat.) And of course I had to take my favorite chunky, strappy patent L.A.M.B. platforms.

As far as bags go, I've got my “everyday bag” from VPL. It’s huge and holds my toiletries (gotta have my eye drops and blush at the ready), so I save room there, and my studded Miu Miu wallet (a gift from my sweet girl Le, a shopbop model) doubles as a clutch for all after-hours activities.

Now that I’ve got the essentials squared away, I move on to clothes. My mom works for Goodwill, and I always make a killing when I go home to see her. Last time I went crazy with shoulder-padded items, which are sadly not the best space saver. But no matter, these things are too good to leave at home. I found this amazing blazer (black with black satin polka dots) that reminded me of the sequined mini-dress I saw at the Alexander Wang show last spring, so that one’s a given, plus a cropped houndstooth jacket. To my festival of shoulder pads I add an oversized denim shirt, a Pencey from last season, and a Binetti dress I’ve been dying to wear. Bonus: it comes with a slip that I can style a different way on its own.

So that’s my Ultimate, er, Suitcase. Here’s my final packing list:


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