Weather Vain: Milwaukee, Wisconsin - 77 and Partly Cloudy
There’s something pretty exciting about summer on the Great Lakes—breezes and boat rides and all that jazz. And today in the biggest city in the cheesiest state (sorry, Vermont)? Well, it’s downright lovely—especially if the sun shows up. Here’s what to wear if you’re there. —erica
Clockwise from top left:
+ A greenest-green tank from Otte—it fits like your most basic tee but feels a lot more special.
+ The so-good ring Silva/Bradshaw made for Of a Kind is as sleek as the Calatrava-designed art museum.
+ Even if you’re not a metallic-lover, the simplicity of these N.D.C. sandals really sells the gold tone.
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As a youngster growing up in Milwaukee, fashion design was literally the last thing on Lizz Wasserman’s mind. “I thought I was going to be a detective…or the president,” she deadpans. She ended up heading toward academia, thanks in large part to her parents who both held advanced architecture degrees from Harvard. But, after a year at University of Wisconsin, she was feeling disillusioned and withdrew in favor of traipsing around the Czech Republic, learning the language and making her own clothes as a hobby.
It wasn’t until she came back to the U.S. and re-immersed herself in the world of books and study groups—majoring in social theory—that she began to think seriously about fashion as, like, a career. If your brain didn’t automatically make the connection between social theory and design—and we feel you—Lizz has an explanation: “Half of my thesis was about how people express themselves through clothing, and it’s definitely my main interest: How people dress and why they want to dress a certain way.”
Once the final paper was polished off, Lizz nailed down a plum job in Philly designing for Free People and then Urban Outfitters, and, in 2009, she was compelled to try her hand at her own collection, which she titled Popomomo (post-postmodern movement, a cheeky nod to her sociology roots). Everything she designs is made from sustainable materials on the West Coast, where she and her husband live surrounded by those talented, artistic groups of friends you thought existed only in the ramblings of Patti Smith. But Lizz is not so caught up in her world to have forgotten about her first real passion, detective work. “I still think about it all the time,” she says. “Whenever I see cops running, I think, ‘Could I do it?’ I think I could!”