Recently—four weeks ago to be exact—I returned to the world of fashion magazines, stepping in for a fashion director who is on maternity leave. (Both she and the publication shall remain nameless. For now, anyway.) And while I have fully embraced this comeback—temporary as it may be— as a full-time fashion editrix, many of my mornings have been fraught with the stress of a serious fashion crisis. Dressing the part is fun, but I failed to remember that doing it everyday can be exhausting. Especially when I live in fear of rinsing and repeating a look, and in fact, strive to one up myself each day. So I was in full panic mode this morning because after nearly twenty something days I had few, if any, new style tricks up my sleeves. It seemed I had no other solution but to call in sick.
As luck would have it though, I came across this picture of French Vogue editor-in-chief Emmanuelle Alt—one of my style icons—snapped recently during Milan fashion week. And leave it to this leader of the chic elite to talk me down of the ledge, so to speak, by reminding me, when in doubt, it’s best to go with what you know. Her effortlessly cool all black with a touch of grey ensemble is a street chic look that never fails. Not to mention, one that I can easily emulate. Sleek skinny black jeans? Check. Luxe leather blazer? Got that. Perfect grey tee? No problem. Pointy toe black pumps? Mais, bien sur! And while I have no shame in being a copy cat, I thought it best to bring some personal touches to this look by adding a pop of color with this purple suede tote, and finish it off with this antique silver plated skull necklace and a wishbone charm pendant, as a nod to my good luck. Which as it turned out was all that I needed to escape a clothing catastrophe. Well, that and some divine inspiration.