How to be a fashion It Girl in the new decade? In 2020, investing in longevity, sustainability and individuality is indispensable: Keep your focus on fabrics that withstand time, such as leather and denim. Look for a modern spin on nostalgic trends that take us back to eras that valued quality over quantity — like the nonchalant and slightly bourgeois ’70s and minimalist ’90s. Add solid layering basics that expand your wardrobe’s outfit options (blazers and bomber jackets, for example). Comfort is key, which means the “total look” has returned in full force. The freshest — and head-turning, most envy-inducing coolest — was Celine’s opening statement in its Spring 2020 runway show: denim shirt, flared jeans, navy blazer and white sneakers. As for the season’s color palette, head-to-toe monochromatic white was present in the majority of notable collections. To make all-white work during our chilly San Francisco summers (hello, Karl the Fog!), opt for sportier presentations and fabrics, as seen in the Sacai collection.
Speaking of sustainability: If you were to buy only one pair of shoes this season, invest in low-top sneakers. The best versions come from one of my favorite brands, Golden Goose. I love the Italian label’s easygoing aesthetic and distressed effects on the midsole of the coveted footwear, which pairs perfectly with a flared pant. “Dear Lover, Your Golden Goose journey starts here …” is the message inside each box, spreading the ethos that each pair is meant to be well loved and durable through many of life’s adventures. Golden Goose Superstar Leather Trainers, $495; matchesfashion.com
The New It Bag
In the world of luxury retail, everyone knows that finding the next big handbag is equivalent to striking gold. My “It” ideal must check off many boxes, and Valextra’s Serie S comes through with all the ingredients to become an investment that pays off for many decades to come — clean lines, discreet design, minimalistic hardware, multiple pockets for organization, roomy interior, secure closure, supreme leather and impeccable craftsmanship by the brand’s Italian artisans (each bag is numbered). This style comes in three sizes (mini, medium and large) and an array of fabulous colors to fit every lifestyle. Valextra Serie S in Medium Size in Gold, $3,550; valextra.com
In the accessories category, the statement chain necklace continues its reign from the previous season. The spring-summer version lightens up for a somewhat laid-back attitude with textured surfaces and interesting combinations, which include mixing different elements such as metal and leather, or simply casually wrapping a few layers around the neckline. Chanel Necklace in Metal / Calfskin $2,275; chanel.com