Part of what I want to tell you is what it is like to be young in New York, how six months can become eight years with the deceptive ease of a film dissolve, for that is how those years appear to me now, in a long sequence of sentimental dissolves and old-fashioned trick shots—the Seagram Building fountains dissolve into snowflakes, I enter a revolving door at twenty and come out a good deal older, and on a different street. But most particularly I want to explain to you, and in the process perhaps to myself, why I no longer live in New York. It is often said that New York is a city for only the very rich and the very poor. It is less often said that New York is also, at least for those of us who came there from somewhere else, a city only for the very young.
from Goodbye to all that (1967), by Joan Didion
this is still one of the most beautifully written essays i have ever read about coming-of-age and New York. i'm finding myself in a Didion sort of mood this season, sartorially and otherwise.
i am really feeling a cream chunky knit to layer over tanks and dresses and skirts for early fall into winter. ditto for this Charvet-esque shirt, which is both girlish and grown-up without being too serious. i've been getting a bit tired of the litany of novelty silk blouses this past season, but this cream-and-colorblock blouse hits all the right notes. finally, i love the feminine simplicity of this a.p.c. dress – something a young Joan might wear around the West Village...
already crossed off the list are the Acne scarf and Manolo heels (they are truly perfection on a stiletto). i had been looking for an oversized, silky soft grey wool scarf for ages, and Acne makes the perfect version of this in a cozy and completely non-itchy lambswool. i'm still holding out for a PS1, though now i'm leaning towards the suede version. this might go on for a while...we'll see if i end up getting it. and last but not least, i can't resist a little leather mini (kookai does a nice one too). it's just short enough and leather enough, and i don't think you have to be very young to wear one!
what's on your fall wishlist this year?