Now more than ever, people are experiencing fashion through their phones. In “Screen Time,” fashion writer Emilia Petrarca shares all the screenshots, double taps, and swipes she made this week.
Some weeks knit themselves up into a cohesive theme. This was not one of those weeks. Still, plenty of things happened: Fendi launched a line of dog accessories; Tom Ford gave an interview about desk cocaine; I found an incredible Alaia belt. Read on for the roundup.
From My Inbox
Fendi introduced a pet-accessories line this week that includes a $2,690 logo carrier bag, a $290 dog collar, and a $420 dog leash. (But unfortunately, not the dog.)
Speaking Of …
I recently saw a Prada pet collar while scrolling online and mistook it for a human choker. I was like, “Ooh!” And then I was like, “Oh, no …” But then I was like, “Maybe??” Gucci did it! If only my neck were small enough.
An Instagram That Inspired Me
A bunch of really hot people have been vacationing in Miami this week and I’m living vicariously through them, especially Richie Shazam, who looks simply sizzling in summery Versace prints and platform flip-flops.
A Tweet That Made Me Want to … Buy a DVD??
I’ve watched a number of famous fashion films this year, but the one still on my list is Mahogany, the 1975 drama/romance starring Diana Ross. Maybe I’m technologically inept, but I can’t seem to find a good streaming link. (I want to see it in its full glory, preferably not on YouTube.) After a Twitter thread with some of the outfits in the film came up on my feed this week, I’m considering just buying the DVD. And a DVD player. Worth it? Please help me.
A TikTok That Made Me Laugh
A Good Read
Before the release of Ryan Murphy’s Netflix miniseries about Halston this spring, Vogue’s Hamish Bowles sat down for an interview with the director and Tom Ford, who cites Halston as one of his main inspirations. Of course, Ford contributed a number of quotable lines, including the fact that there was “always cocaine on the desk” when he worked at Gucci. My favorite tidbit, though, was when he said, very seriously: “Remember: This country was founded by Puritans, and Americans have always been afraid of too much style.” Incredible. And that’s coming from the chairman of the CFDA, folks!
A Fashion Documentary I Watched
I missed this Pierre Cardin film when it came out last fall, but was reminded of it while watching the Margiela documentary. (As a child, Margiela made Barbie clothes modeled after Cardin’s designs.) I can’t say that this is a great watch — it’s a bit rambling and congratulatory — but there’s a lot of eye-catching footage and cool ideas about the “future.”
One Thing I Took a Screenshot Of
Everyone’s talking about Chopova Lowena skirts, which are great, but THIS is what I’d rather spend a month’s rent on.
Three Things I’m Not Sure About
People were fighting about jeans online again this week, but I chose not to engage with the denim discourse. Instead, I went and tried on a bunch of pairs of pants at Rachel Comey, and can confirm that BIG PANTS ARE BACK. I did not buy these because my budget would not allow it, but I would if I could. They have a sexy little tie in the back, in addition to curvy pockets.
I am too old to look like Billie Eilish. I am too old to look like Billie Eilish. I am too old to look like Billie Eilish. I am too old to look like Billie Eilish. I am too old to look like Billie Eilish. I am too old to look like Billie Eilish.
Four Things I Actually Bought
1. A Helmut Lang halter
I’ve purchased more Helmut Lang than any other brand this year. It makes sense: They’ve got casual basics and the kind of stuff I want to wear out on the town. Nothing says “I was really fun at Bat Mitzvahs” like a halter top.
2. Expensive curl conditioner
I got my hair cut for the first time in a year last weekend, so I stocked up on conditioner while I was at it. I use this every single day, and leave it in after I shower.
3. A book of fashion history
As I mentioned above, Ryan Murphy’s Halston miniseries is coming out on Netflix next month, so I ordered his biography by Steven Gaines. I also need to go pick up my copy of The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed from Greenlight Bookstore this weekend in preparation for that movie, which is supposed to come out this winter.
4. Some new tech
I’m now the proud owner of an iPhone 12, and because Apple continues to dupe me with minor advancements in technology, I was suckered into buying this magnetic phone charger, which allows me to look at my phone while lying in bed without having to rummage around on my floor in the dark looking for the cord.
Daily Average Screen Time This Week: 3h 35m
Like I said, I got a new phone and it’s unfortunately very nice to look at.