Tonight I had a lovely evening full of laughter and spirited conversation with my old friend Andre. He works a few blocks away from my apartment, and he persuaded me to meet up with him for Belgian beers after six.
Afterwards we had dinner at my place and discussed our style philosophies for fall. He is going for a smart, contemporary look that sounds a little like the French street look espoused by the main character in The Beat That My Heart Skipped.
I haven't decided what I am focusing on yet, although it definitely feels like summer is over and autumn is on its way to being breezily ushered into view. I am looking forward to turning leaves and crisp apples, but I am not sure what that means for my wardrobe. To help sharpen my gaze, I am inaugurating a new series called "Paper Doll," where I mix and match looks from my favorite so-last-season clearinghouse, Yoox.
Today's ensemble is inspired by what else... Belgian beer, and my love for all things originating in Flanders. Antwerp, where I spent an enchanting few days this spring, burst onto the world fashion scene in the '80s with the arrival of the Antwerp Six - homegrown designers Walter Van Beirendonck, Ann Demeulemeester, Dries Van Noten, Dirk Van Saene, Dirk Bikkembergs and Marina Yee (Martin Margiela is considered the unofficial seventh member of the group).
With a flair for cerebral, flawlessly constructed garments and a penchant for artful minimalism, the arrival of the Antwerp Six created a bang in the fashion world that still reverberates today.
Here is my first ideal fall outfit from Yoox, inspired by those exquisite visionaries: