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Miss Favela

I could have given this post any number of titles… I could have named it ‘Beaded‘ as an ode to my favorite little accessories designer in Buenos Aires, Mariana Diaz of Delduca. She reinvented an old technique from the 50s and 60s and uses beads (acrylic, plastic, crystal or wood), nylon thread and a pair of pliers to make bags and necklaces in color combinations and patterns that make me weak in the knees. You know how you can sometimes just be grateful something exists, even if you never knew it could make a difference in your life? It’s those little things… (I joke.) I don’t quite remember why I felt inclined to stick one such necklace on my head and wear it like a crown, but it was quite a revelation and one that none of my fellow subway riders on the L train were ready for…

I could have also named it ‘Aint Laurent‘ to once again express my disdain for the crippled brand of Yves Saint Laurent. If you haven’t read my tweets or seen my instagrams since the last runway show, this might shock you but I have no fear. I see no harm in honesty. Hedi Slimane is a talented designer, and he’s more than welcome to make clothes for California teenagers who party at Coachella. I just wish he didn’t do it at the expense of a house that’s long been heralded and trusted for its rich sophistication and haute elegance. I’m wearing a skirt from the Spring/Summer 2005 collection (look 32), Stefano Pilati’s first after the departure of Tom Ford. I bought it years ago on Ebay. Sarah Mower’s review on style.com points out that Pilati “made a clean break from the past┬áby showing in a different, much lighter venue (the Paris Bourse) than Ford and by starting his show with a short, black-and-white polka-dot raincoat with tulip-curved hemline, cinched by a wide, square-buckled black patent leather belt. Ford would never have done that,” she said, but even so, one could never have mistaken his collection for anything but Yves Saint Laurent. In all my years of vintage shopping, YSL has always stood out as a true classic, with recognizable, timeless, feminine pieces. It saddens me to see this legacy abandoned for mindless frills.

And so I went with ‘Miss Favela‘, because it’s just festive, and less scary to those who think I “like to get in trouble”.

Vintage purple ruffle skirt by Yves Saint Laurent; Gold knit T-shirt by Peter Som; Vintage cloud T-shirt by American Apparel; Multi-color, beaded clutch and necklace worn as headpiece by Delduca; Multi-color, embroidered pumps with pom poms by Caroline Issa for L.K. Bennett; Hearts necklace by Sophia 203; Purple and green ‘Number One’ sunglasses by Karen Walker.

Photos by Thierry Van Biesen at Miss Favela in Williamsburg.

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