Emily’s Fashion Week Essentials


It’s heeere!!! New York Fashion Week starts today, the air is crisp, people are tan and rested, and, just in case you’re not prepared, Leandra was clever enough to do a play-by-play tutorial to help you get your game face on—sporting, obvi, the chic-est jersey in the history of actual sportswear. I began my preparations with a trip to Whole Foods, stocking up on enough coconut water and Cliff bars to make the checkout lady think there was a hurricane coming.

As loyal ITG readers know, my fashion week focus is pretty much centered around the backstage action: nothing brings me more joy than hearing Guido explain the look at Alex Wang, with his thick English accent and Cheshire Cat grin, or spotting that new model who opens a major show and seeing her shape-shift and take off by the time Paris hits. But then, it’s not just me anymore. Nick and Alessandra will be pounding the pavement with me—after all, three sets of eyeballs are better than one.

Speaking of eyeballs, mine will be shielded by one of two pairs of Céline sunglasses: one blue plastic, one broken aviator with the cool white part missing—both of which I cannot believe I haven’t lost yet (after one and two years, respectively). In honor of my newfound eyewear responsibility, I’ll be recycling them rather than buying a new pair.

I’m a big fan of sticking with what works for this week—like my Rag & Bone skinnies in black, which I wear every day, basically. I’ll be cuffing them and pairing with my new shoe love: Tabitha Simmonspointy pumps, which I’ve been test-driving for the past few days to see if the comfort-level is up to snuff. (They passed.) The other big purchase is a floral satin “tee shirt” with knit sleeves from Derek Lam that I’ve had my eye on for months, but when I’m not wearing that, I’ll likely be sporting an actual t-shirt of the white, men’s v-neck Hanes variety, or my trusty white button-down from Saturdays Surf, both lifted from Nick. He knows about those two “loans”…but what he doesn’t know is that I’m sitting here wearing his Mishka “Engineered to Destroy Deathadders” screenprint sweatshirt, because if there are two things he’s good at finding, it’s wacky printed pants and spot-on Balenciaga-esque, 80s-style pullovers.

In bags: thinking of going with my several-years-old Proenza PS1, plus a pouch or two—either a slim black leather Reed Krakoff or this new monogrammed Claire Vivier camel zipper number that’s got all the charm of Céline minus a few hundred bucks. And, more literally “in bags,” will be the beauty goods:

  1. Clé de Peau eye shadow and lipstickfor obvious reasons.
  2. Tom Ford’s new deep-red gloss, Naiveté, to kick things up a notch.
  3. Pocket Byredo in Accord Oud
  4. Travel-sized Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray plus a few hair ties if that goes awry, because, good God, short hair is a big fat pain in the neck.

I will also never, ever leave home without:

  1. The Canon 5D Mark III I splurged on this summer. A 5-year-old could shoot Vogue editorials on this thing. And my Lumix GX1, for when I’m feeling particularly lo-fi.
  2. A fully charged Mophie—the most genius device—for when my iPhone dies at noon, though, if you really think about it, it’s just a little crazy that we have to buy an extra apparatus to make an iPhone last all day. Shouldn’t the battery just last longer in the first place? Is Mophie owned by Apple? I digress...
  3. An unlined Moleskine notebook, customized with a #MarcTheDot sticker by Langley Fox Hemingway, and a mechanical pencil.
  4. Smythson’s fancy-schmancy “fashion month” diary, a gift from Net-A-Porter, for when my Moleskine runs out (only a few pages left!).
  5. My J. Colby Smith ear piercings/earrings.

And before I walk out the door, I may or may not:

  1. Put on a strange aerosol Nivea deodorant from SoHo House Berlin, which sort of doubles as perfume…
  2. …or, douse myself in Frédéric Malle’s milky hair perfume, Carnal Flower.
  3. Clean up last night’s eye makeup with Créaline or Almay’s makeup remover swabs, slap on some of Giorgio Armani’s new Maestro foundation, and do some light shading with MAC powders.
  4. Play Flo Rida and Sia's “Wild Ones,” Grimes' “Genesis,” and/or Kreayshawn's “Summertime” on repeat/on loop.
  5. Call mom (I’m alive, I swear!).

—Emily Weiss

Photographed by Nick Axelrod on September 5th 2012 in New York. Emily’s wearing a Derek Lam top, Rag & Bone jeans, Tabitha Simmons shoes, and Clé de Peau lipstick (in R10). 

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  • Fairytalesandcoffee

    This was a cool post. I enjoy when you post your day to day essentials or preps. There is something about a beauty fanatic posting her favs that adds a little extra spark. Not the same when someone who is not really interested in beauty, or fashion, lists something just because they were told it was good, or randomly picked it up and it just happened to work. More of these please, from ITG employees/interns!

  • http://ibelieveinrosa.blogspot.mx/ larissa

    The color of your lipstick is amazing, very interesting post!


  • mlle p

    So envious! Would love to be at even a bit of fashion week, getting freebies, seeing all the cool new things. Thanks for letting me live vicariously through your photos and words.

  • Denisa

    I love your new cut Emily it feels so fresh! and of curse your under cut! After you posted about it I went and got one too. I have to be honest that I was met with mixed feedback though :)). But I love it so this is all that matters.
    I wish you an interesting FW!

  • Alison Bell

    I have the same fancy-schmancy Smythson diary. In fact I wrote my first entry today, it was about a certain 10 Crosby Derek Lam collection featuring a certain beauty blogger...so excited for fashion month to progress so that I can fill it with joy!

  • http://www.rachelphipps.com/ Rachel Phipps

    I need one of those Mophie things in my life...

  • Mckennarishmawy

    Oh Emily, 'tis a fabulous world you live in. I'm pretty sure when I travel I make sure to pack my Gatorade and Flamin' Hot Cheetos. The Derek Lam top is a stunner, by the way. His collection was one of my faves this past spring. Work it.

  • Dayna Frazer

    Love all the colors! The lipstick and how it matches the flecks of color on the top. Beautiful! I would love to know where your earrings are from. The sizes are perfect!


  • Valeria Alvarez

    That is a nice article, you showing us what you do and use before a big event like this. Love it!

    <3 Val

  • http://starlightsworld.blogspot.de/ Andrea

    such a great post :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Roberta-Barros/100000578033756 Roberta Barros

    whyyy you're so damn pretty???

  • Pim

    Emily! That is the best tasting coconut water I have ever tasted! Cheers for great taste!

  • http://kitchenafternoon.blogspot.com/ Kitchen afternoon

    Canon is my favorite too - and what a perfect lip color on you.

  • San Francisco Editor

    How exciting! have fun and thanks for sharing. I enjoy your posts.

  • Kdiiulio

    saw your cute and calm pic from The Cut party. perfect

  • http://twitter.com/christinagregs Christina Gregory

    I really appreciate this post not only for its utter charm and spirit but because of its honesty - I can absolutely relate to using a beautiful bag that is a few years old, a clever Clare Vivier pouch instead of a costly Celine, and my trusty old sunny-g's that I miraculously still have. This, to me, is real, modern style - wearing the shit we actually have and keeping that current, updating it with a new lipstick or perfume or pair of shoes, rather than buying the latest, crazy expensive, unattainable whatever. Amen!

  • Suemalatesta

    Have read a couple of blogs on the new Armani foundation, curious as to what you think???

  • Katiehpr

    What is the lipstick you are wearing in the photos? It's beautiful!

  • Jpsiegal

    Armani Maestro is hands down one of the best foundation experiences I've ever worked with! Recommend it for even the thick skinned, acne prone, Austrian/Russian Jews :)

  • Emma Little

    I love this guide, really cool post. I love the Cle de Peau Lipstick you're wearing in those shots, beautiful! Enjoy NYFW xx Em

  • Melissa

    How does the Maestro foundation compare to Koh Gen Do Aqua?

    Love the post; you guys are moving in a great direction!

    • IntoTheGloss

      Heyyy guys-- whoa, the Maestro foundation really struck a chord! Here's the skinny: I've been using it for about a week now, it's really velvet-y, but not quite as "dry finish" as Armani's infamous Face Fabric. I'd say it has medium coverage, and is best applied sparingly to avoid that dreaded "mask" look. The Koh Gen Do is still great, but I'm mixing things up this week. xE

  • VotreAmie

    Dude, your hair may be a pain sometimes but DAMN is it effing AWESOME! Still love love loving that cut!

  • Fzanghi

    unreasonably curious about the nivea deodorant (nerd alert) details please!

  • http://mabelmatilda.blogspot.com/ Mabelmatilda

    I want to try the Cle De Peau concealer so bad but it's so darn expensive :(

  • http://twitter.com/bronzerbunny Joyce

    mmm that cle de peau lipstick you're wearing seems perfect for fall! Must check that out. And bummer that your phone doesn't last much - mine goes usually a day if not more!

  • mickeyh

    lusting after that lipstick! I know this is sinful to ask but does anyone know of a shade similar in a different albeit less expensive brand? I mean don't get me wrong I would love to own the Cle de peau.

  • http://profiles.google.com/jillian0229 Jillian Hobbs

    Loved this post... and i've been obsessed with that Mishka Sweatshirt for a while, now i'm pretty convinced I need to have it.



  • Vala

    Side question: Emily, did the TS shoes fit true to size? I found a pair on sale online but can't find any info on the sizes /-:


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Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation
Rag & Bone/JEAN
rag & bone/JEAN Skinny Jeans
Tabitha Simmons
Tabitha Simmons Studded Pumps
Derek Lam
Derek Lam Floral-print satin and jersey top
Cle de Peau Beaute
Cle de Peau Beaute Limited Edition Satin Eye Color
Cle de Peau Beaute
Cle de Peau Beaute Extra Rich Lipstick
Tom Ford Beauty
Tom Ford Beauty Ultra Shine Lip Gloss
Byredo Accord Oud Travel
Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray
Mophie Battery Pack Juice Pack Plus for iPhone 4
Smythson Runway Textured-Leather Notebook
Frederic Malle
Frederic Malle Carnal Flower