Shucks, BIll. THANK YOU!!!
I was planning to honor the delightful Bill Cunningham with his own “Sighted” FW posting (see next post), when my attention was drawn to his column by P early this morning and, well, what can I say. Yes. There I am. Middle far left, albeit from the waist down, the one with the embroidered stiletto booties peaking out below my ecru passementerie charcoal skirt and charcoal coat. Sigh. My last day at Lincoln Center for the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Fall 2013 collections and finally my look was a winner. (Truth be told, I’d been snapped here and there the whole week. So, it’s not like I was checking out the shows dressed like a bag lady or anything like that!)
Actually, this is the fourth time I’ve been included in the The Styles section in Bill’s On the Street column, and the third that I’ve been snapped by Bill and made the edit for the weekly spread with my shoes. Wonder why?!! Those who know me, know the answer!.
For those who don’t know, I’d say I come by it naturally. My mother has and my grandmother had novelty shoe collections, plus my mother modeled shoes when she was in college. I try to keep my footwear in control, but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. Retail therapy? Yes. Especially at the cool vintage stores near me in the East Village? Yes, please.
Okay, the back story. These beautiful booties are made by Free Lance. According to the website Sarenza, “Free Lance was founded in 1980 and since then has become a benchmark for beautiful shoes. The collection is designed by Guy and Yvon Rautureau, fourth-generation bootmakers since 1870, then manufactured from exceptional leather using traditional methods in La Gaubretière in the French region of Vendée. This attention to detail and quality results in limited-edition boots of all styles that truly stand out from the crowd. Free Lance is a brand of shoe beloved of fashion writers and now distributed in huge numbers of sales outlets from New York to Tokyo.” Check. Check. And check.
But the true beauty of these booties? They were a gift to me from my dear friend and interior designer/chef extraordinaire/publicist Ilene when she was paring down her apartment belongings and editing down her gorgeous, globally-acquired fashion goodies. I’d say I lucked out in more ways than one. THANK YOU, Ilene!!!
You can click here, below, or above in the caption to view my little 15 centimeters of fame on the Times’ site.
Here’s the whole black-and-white thang, below, as I teamed up with Fern Mallis‘s own BNW gorgeousness for pix in the lobby of the tents at Lincoln Center this past week. Btw, I’m wearing an old Anna Sui skirt, a vintage fur lining as a vest (sorry JB!), H&M sweater and a black silk peasant blouse by Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, the boots are obvs Free Lance and the earrings, can’t quite remember, perhaps a street vendor or Strawberry’s?!!