This is one of my all-time favorite looks.
Out the gate, it is the most comfortable way to dress that doesn't involve the words "pajama jeans". Or "athleisure" (how did that become a word?). I legit felt like Stevie Nicks shooting an album cover in this ensemble. This was a freezing, five hour shoot I did outdoors when the temperatures had just dropped this winter (perfect timing) and to tell you that all my clothes and accessories were strewn all over the woods is a grave understatement. It was my first ever fashion shoot, and I like to really dress spur of the moment, so I packed up four suitcases, and was just like "no biggie, I'll figure it out!" Total shit show, but it was very representative of how I randomly pull myself together, so I thought it was hilarious. And I really had tremendous faith in Steve Otte, the photographer, who I had never met before, but whom I knew would nail it. And he did. Steve, Man, no words. Success.
Back to the frigid woods serving as a closet and dressing room... This outfit was thrown together because I was so cold and was rapidly losing all feeling in my body, as well as the ability to make decisions, and it was easy at that point. And not covered in dirt. It's a six-year-old Issa dress I bought in London when I went for the Olympics. I instantly loved its kimono feel and shape. It is very 60's glam. Something a socialite would have worn hosting a dinner party with a martini in her hand and a cigarette in the other. Isabel Marant ankle cowboy boots, my favorite addition this season to my wardrobe, my mother's ancient fur and leather coat that my grandparents made her in the 70's (forever a staple in my closet), and this new rad hat from Eugenia Kim. That makes me feel like Carmen Sandiego. Had I had use of my fingers and more clarity of mind, I'd have piled on gold necklaces and rings. Instant cool. If ever I'd need an album cover shot, this photo would be it. Glamor and comfort can absolutely belong in the same uterus. As concepts, they may be fraternal twins, but they complement each other beautifully.