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As for his own sporting prowess, Wang admitted his passion was very much style based.

"I don't do any sports! I only wear sports clothing."

Same tbh.

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Lessons My Closet Taught Me

I just came home from a weekend stranded because two trains caught on fire. Now I am too tired to crawl into bed so I am lying on the floor of my closet. My delicious, walk-in closet, as big as my room, bigger than the studio apartments my friends own. You have to walk through it to get to my room. My walk-in closet makes the increasing chances of death by flaming subway train (or two) seem reasonable to me. My walk-in closet with a rug thick as a blanket. I lie on it and stare at my clothes like they are my psychoanalysts. They are.

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Smells Like Teen Spirit

I've had a theory for awhile that the greatest American fashion designers must, as a rule, be born and raised outside of the United States. I don't mean "greatest" in terms of actual greatness, because that is subjective, and I'm not going to argue about whether Alexander Wang is more indicative of American fashion than Tory Burch because that's a losing game. I mean greatness in terms of which fashion designers can adequately sum up "America!" as a concept in their seasonal assortment.

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Listen. I love Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. I love them for purely nostalgic reasons—It Takes Two is a fucking classic—and I love them because The Row is consistently one of the most beautiful collections at NYFW and I love them because they know that if I had $4,000 to spend on a backpack I would absolutely buy their dumb $4,000 backpack. But right now I love them because it's very clear they don't know the difference between a video and a photo, and because Vanessa Friedman was there to capture their zen pre-show confusion, and because the whole thing is very endearing and [...]

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Thrashin' Fashion: The End

Paris. Paris Fashion Week was upon us and now it's over. Realistically speaking, give or take a few fashion shows in each city, Fashion Week could just take place in Paris and it would be more than enough. Paris is still the center of fashion, and no matter how much we in New York want to believe that we're the center, we are not. I'm fine with this. So much goes on in Paris, it's almost like three or four or five fashion weeks all in one. It would be very easy to turn a recap of what happened in Paris into its own novella, but I'll try not [...]

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Lending Fiction to Her Facts: The Legacy of Coco Chanel

My first introduction to Chanel was the sensation of Allure. My mother wore Allure. I distinctly remember the flask shape of the glass bottle; the golden contents I was prohibited from disturbing; the whiff of the scent, like a curtain raising rapture.

Allure isn’t Chanel No. 5, the first fragrance to be launched by French couturier and powerhouse, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, in 1921. A bottle of the storied scent is said to be sold every 30 seconds, and remains one of the most popular and recognizable fragrances of all time. Allure, on the other hand, didn’t make its aromatic debut until 1996, twenty-five years after Chanel’s death on January 10, [...]

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More Than the Banana Skirt

Nichelle Gainer, author of the fantastic Tumblr Vintage Black Glamour, had an in-depth interview with Collector's Weekly that came out months ago, and none of you told me, but we'll put that behind us for now. I make no secret of being fiercely interested in mainstream depictions of people of color, historical depictions of people of color, artistic, religious, political—my boyfriend knows to tell me if a show has any black people in it to get me to watch—but throw in some GOWNS? I'm all there.

Gainer, who's releasing a coffee table book of her findings, initially started the project as research for a novel, but soon [...]

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Faux Feminism in Trademark Tweeds

Karl Lagerfeld's decision to close this season's Chanel show in Paris with a faux feminist protest march is, in runway terms, possibly the worst political and aesthetic decision since Rodarte presented their Fall/Winter 2010 Juarez-themed collection.

Worse yet, major international news outlets are lauding it as a revolutionary move, with some writers going so far as to compare the aesthetics of the show to the May 1968 student riots. As people discuss whether or not feminism is a trend, it seems as if people are missing a lot of what's really, truly awful about this show.

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Thrashin' Fashion: Baring All

After London comes Milan, and while a lot of the bigwigs show there (Prada! Versace! Gucci!), it can generally feel like a snoozefest. Milan is known as the city of glamour and excess, I guess, and if you looked through the collections you certainly noticed. But glamour and excess can be boring when they're all the same. And anyway, it seems that glamour and excess have come to mean an exposed nipple, which, if you are Rihanna or take your fashion cues from her, you would be very excited about.

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Thrashin' Fashion: Laia Garcia Reviews NYFW

Another fashion week has come and gone, and just like that, we no longer covet things available tomorrow or next month. Now, we're coveting things awaiting us in the distant future: February, March, and April. Modernity is old news. New York Fashion Week—always looking forward, always looking for the next best thing, always dreaming, never sleeping.