Next Level: Pleated Leather

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There’s nothing wrong with a classic motorcycle jacket, but I’m way into the idea of leather standing in for cotton, wool, or satin—fabrics with some real movement. Throw some pleats into the mix? Oof, I’m done. —erica

LEVEL I: On this Alexander Wang dress, the leather’s an accent—a very, very killer accent.

LEVEL II: I’d like to think I’d still wear this BLK DNM skirt when I turn 60.

LEVEL III: From Derek Lam, this sucker's very Clueless in an Amber-goes-to-gym-class way.

LEVEL IV: It might not freshen your breath, but, DANG is this Alice + Olivia skirt minty.

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Of a Kind

Q: Are football tees the new baseball tees? Alexander Wang thinks so. —erica

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Weather Vain: Memphis, Tennessee - 54 and Partly Cloudy

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Beale Street, Graceland, and some lovely weather—here’s how to take full advantage of Memphis on a rockin’ day like this one. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ The ideal in-between weather trench from Jenni Kayne.

+ An Alexander Wang bag in a blushy pink that would fit right in at The Peabody Hotel

+ Notify jeans that would be totally unaffected by BBQ stains.

+ Earrings, by Cold Picnic, that are chill enough for a late night at The Cove (with a whole bunch of oysters).

+ For a meandering stroll through Midtown: a pair of Thierry Lasry sunglasses.

+ Pour La Victoire wedges sturdy enough for some after-dinner bocce at Hog & Hominy.

+ The kind of Base Range tee you can-slash-should wear anywhere, any day of the week.

More outfit ideas (and travel tips) right here.

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Couple Up: Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Pitt

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Years before Team Aniston and Team Jolie were a thing—such a thing!—it was all about Gwyneth and Brad, with their matching jeans, matching sunglasses, and (eventually) matching haircuts. Here’s how they rolled. —erica

Gwyneth Paltrow: A basic white tee from Everlane, a Band of Outsiders leather blazer, and some mom jeans c/o Denim Refinery.

Brad Pitt: A Krochet Kids beanie, a worn-in sweater by Alexander Wang, and a pair of light-wash Simon Spurr jeans.

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Couple Up: Evan Rachel Wood and Marilyn Manson

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Remember how CRAY it was when Evan Rachel Wood started dating Marilyn Manson? She was 19, and he was 36. She was the girl from Practical Magic and Thirteen, and he was known for his onstage, er, antics. But we’ll give them this: They were together for four whole years, which is like two decades in Hollywood time. Here’s how we’ll always remember them. —erica

Evan Rachel Wood: An oversize tux jacket by Alexander Wang, a red pleated Tibi skirt, and Jeffrey Campbell mary janes.

Marilyn Manson: A hardware-less Alexander Wang moto jacket, a Markus Lupfer skull tee, and AJ Morgan tortoise aviators.

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Next Level: Sweater Hoodies

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Why is it that a hoodie looks more polished, more grown-up in sweater form? Cause it’s just a fact that it does. Here are four that prove it. —erica

LEVEL I: Black and gray and EASY and Alexander Wang.

LEVEL II: Gah, that pink tie. So good, Autumn Cashmere! So.

LEVEL III: This sheer-ish LnA number has more sex appeal than any hoodie should.

LEVEL IV: Banjo & Matilda's take is ready to be the star of any show.

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Next Level: White Boots

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Yah, these may not be as everyday-useful as those black chelsea boots you wear five days a week, but, hey, don’t you wanna switch things up sometimes? Four white-as-snow ways to do so. —erica

LEVEL I: These guys are so simple and yet so special, via Opening Ceremony.

LEVEL II: Well, zip-a-dee-doo-dah. Acne knows how to get things going.

LEVEL III: Loeffler Randall is well aware that black studs are cooler (and more wearable) than metal ones.

LEVEL IV: Can you tell these Alexander Wang boots are calf hair? I think the word you’re looking for is major.

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Lulu Frost

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If the line Lulu Frost had a slogan, it would be “in with the old, out with the new.” Turning glimmering finds from the Titanic era into attention-grabbing earrings and stand-out necklaces worn by, well, a high percentage of Met Ball attendees, Lisa Salzer has one of those storied beginnings. After spending her childhood traipsing around her grandmother’s estate-jewelry shop, Lisa unveiled her first designs—made from repurposed Plaza Hotel room numbers—while wrapping up her art history degree at Dartmouth, she cold-called Barneys, and they bought everything.
Breathing new life into lost keys, shoe buckles, buffalo coins, and antique crystal, Lisa, who’s been at it since 2004, is now a genuine powerhouse—she has collaborated with the likes of J.Crew, Alexander Wang, and Chris Benz and has earned the sort of following that gets her work in the pages of Vogue on the reg. “It took me awhile to get my courage up to start cutting and breaking down old jewelry, honestly, because it was so precious to me,” Lisa explains. “But now, I have a different viewpoint on it. I love to make it into something fresh and new.” —carlye wisel

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Next Level: White Sandals

Nothing wrong with black or tan, but the neutral sandal of the summer is white. End of story. And the amazing thing about it is that it doesn’t look neutral when you’re wearin’ it at all—especially if you get yourself a (fake) tan or are lucky enough to have legs that are not naturally the color of bread dough. —erica

LEVEL I: Wearing this K. Jacques pair will make you feel like a little French girl in St. Tropez.

LEVEL II: Somehow, in white, these Belle by Sigerson Morrison flats look subtle, despite all their detailing.

LEVEL III: The loops on the back of these Alexander Wang guys make it easy to carry them when you slip them off to dig your toes into the sand.

LEVEL IV: Oh, just a sandal bootie. No big thang—this is just how Camilla Skovgaard rolls.

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Weather Vain: Phoenix, Arizona

Right about now is the perfect time to be in Arizona, no? I mean, I don’t actually know this, but it seems right: The days are warm but not hot, and the nights call for a jacket. Here’s what I’d wear in my little Phoenix fantasy world. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ This easy, breezy Edun dress is pretty much all-season around these parts, with thin sweater or woven scarf tossed on top when necessary.

+ Keep it simple with a slim cork wristlet from Rag & Bone. Pairs nicely with a glass or three of wine at Postino.

+ You gots to have your shades, man, and this Raen pair is Hunter S. Thompson loud but still supremely classic.

+ Kora's leather-wrapped horn bangles can hang in Scottsdale.

+ This beige suede jacket from Alexander Wang wards off the desert chill during your long-ass wait at Pizzeria Bianco.

+ Yes, they are spike earrings, but Gretchen Jones knows how to make them a surprise.

+ Because K. Jacques knows you need a POC (pop of color, duh).

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