In Support of Birkenstocks (and Kate Moss)

Prada Saffiano Lux Double-Zip Tote Bag
Miguelina Jaya corcheted Cotton-Lace Shorts
Diptyque Eau Duelle Solid Perfume
Birkenstock Arizona Sandals
T By Alexander Wang Classic Jersey Racer-Back Tank

A couple of decades ago (can you believe it?), a teenaged Kate Moss leaned against a sun-cracked stucco wall somewhere tropical and took a puff of a cig (again, it was a couple of decades ago) in a moment immortalized by Corinne Day for The Face. Naturally, I still want everything she was wearing in the picture, and the good news is: I can still get it, more or less. And so can you:

1. Prada Saffiano Lux Double-Zip Tote Bag: “Just feel this zipper pull,” Ali Michael instructed, holding up her new Prada bag outside of Juice Press yesterday. Indeed, it was one of the more weighty, luxurious-feeling zippers I’ve felt in a long time. (Not that I have much of a thing for zippers, but you can tell when hardware seems cheap vs. when it screams “MONEY.”) Beyond the heavy metal, the bag induced envy because of its anonymity, classic lines, and simplicity. You can’t spot it across the street like a Céline Trapeze; from a distance, you sort of think, “That’s a nice bag…” and ponder its origin; up-close, you inspect the structured, pebbled leather, and nod your head: “Ah ha. Prada. Of course.” It gives you I'm a serious grown-up bag, without the usual bells or whistles (i.e., tassels, grommets, mixed textures).

2. Miguelina Jaya Crocheted Cotton-Lace Shorts: When it comes to porous summer materials, some (Selena, Vanessa, Ashley…) might lean towards mesh; I reach for crochet. It’s a little less Cancun and a little bit more South of France. You might consider these shorts perfect for the beach. I consider them perfect for anywhere except, maybe, The New York Times Building, a courthouse, a funeral, or the first meet-the-parents.

3. Diptyque Eau Duelle Solid PerfumeTabitha Simmons first introduced me to Diptyque’s solid perfume; she rarely goes anywhere without a compact in her bag. I’ve since picked up Eau Duelle, a clean, subtly sweet-smelling blend of vanilla and black frankincense that reminds me a bit of Tocca scents back in the day. The compact has a paperweight-like, old-fashioned feel that produces a pleasing magnetic snap! sensation, like a vintage Zippo lighter. But more importantly, the perfume smells personal, thus making the application of the balm—with a finger, behind ears, on wrists, elbows, and collarbone, several times a day—quite an intimate experience.

4. Birkenstock Arizona Sandals: Birkenstocks: they’re everywhere. No really, I’m not kidding. Maybe it’s the whole “ugly shoe” thing that’s happening (at least in my closet), but a sensible, ergonomically correct sandal has never felt so right. Aside from being the most comfortable shoes I have ever known, the slight upward curl of the sole hugs your foot and shields it from NYC sidewalk sludge, and, hey, Kate Moss wore them (or a version of them). And: I spotted Inez van Lamsweerde in this exact pair yesterday, which is just a huge, huge vote up for their cool factor, in my opinion.

5. T By Alexander Wang Classic Jersey Racer-Back Tank: I’m pretty sure this exact tank was part of the founding T collection, and I have about 8 colors, from different seasons, to prove it. Perfectly soft and slouchy, with an ideally sized decorative chest pocket, the fresh white version is essential for August. Just watch it with the watermelon/ketchup/etc.

—Emily Weiss

Photo of Kate Moss by Corinne Day. 

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  • lisa_carbone

    I've been rocking my Birks for the past 5 years now and can't quit them! They're super comfy and perfect for City life. The single strap Madrid are so much cuter than the Arizona...check it out.
    Cheers, Lisa

    • Sara

      Yep, Madrid is exactly the style I am wearing right now. :)

      • Emma Hager

        the 3-strap 'Florida' is lovely as well.

  • SOCIAL_la

    I love the photo of Kate Moss!


  • Emma Hager

    You're so right about Birks, Emily! I wore them in NY last week and I must say, I didn't feel icky wearing them around given that they have all that arch support. And, they're just plain cool. My mom is all "I told you so" on this one. She was right, they freaking rock.

  • Maria

    Actually this photoshoot was done for The Face magazine, not for Dazed & Confused. Or am I wrong?

    • IntoTheGloss

      Nope, you're totally right. Thanks for the head's up! (No pun intended). xE

  • Jennifer Monforton

    Great picks! I've tested out the Diptyque solid fragrances at Holt Renfrew and they are absolutely lovely :)

  • Dressed with soul

    So funny with the Birkenstocks - that this traditional German brand is hip now :)

    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    • Cat

      Blame it on Phoebe Philo. And we're not mad at her for it either :)

  • Sara

    I have been wearing Birkenstocks for over 10 years. Good German product that I am faithful to.

  • Sue

    I love my birks and am partial to the Isis (discontinued) and the Chania.

  • Dorus Mhor

    Love that Kate Moss pic.

  • sarah

    omg people!! you said it lady - UGLY SHOES!! leave them alone, let them go, walk away - barefoot. seriously, i have seen them on every blog, and really the only reasoin kate moss looks good is because she looks good. her outfit is HIDEOUS!!!

  • StyleGodis

    iconic xx

  • Emma Hager

    I live in SoCal, too, but even in my area there have been girls picking up the Birks in just the past month. Better than the typical Uggs any those are something I could never touch.

  • PradaStole

    Birkenstock Mali! They're my cute summer office sandals, on the weekend though buckles are just too taxing and I find myself wearing my Birk clogs everywhere.

  • Roberta Barros

    i used to wear birks all the time in high school (was a trend 7 years ago in my school) and college too, but then was not so cool to wear it anymore...hahahaha

  • MarinaB.

    Birkenstock Arizona Sandals are my favorite at all))

  • isaobeso

    Love Birkenstocks! I just got a pair of black ones and I'm totally in love, They're so comfortable and practical! Love them!

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  • joannanyc

    I have a pair of black Granadas (with black buckles) that always get compliments. I like them because they are simple, graphic, and comfy. And if you have nice feet, Birks put your pedi on a display platter.


    Just bought my second pair of Arizona's - in white. Perfect for summer.

  • robin

    As someone with flat feet I lean toward clogs! Nevertheless I also love Birkies and have been wearing them with and without socks since the mid nineties. Old news to me but as my father used to say "you're so square, your hip". A huge compliment to me!


Prada Saffiano Lux Double-Zip Tote Bag
Miguelina Jaya crocheted cotton-lace shorts
Diptyque Eau Duelle Solide Perfume
Birkenstock Arizona Sandal
T by Alexander Wang
T By Alexander Wang Classic Jersey Racer-Back Tank