It’s a truth universally known that tote bags are lifesavers for those of us who are constantly running from meetings to spin class to happy hour with the girls. But just because tote bags are practical and functional doesn’t mean they can’t also be fashionable. Here are our top picks for the perfect canvas tote bag to accompany you this summer as you lounge on the beach or hit up your favorite rooftop bar after work:


Listen, summer is great and all, and I am happy for everyone who is thriving in the heat. I, however, wilt like a delicate flower in this hot weather and I am always preparing for fall, which is the best season, aesthetically-speaking. (I think you all know I am correct and I will not be accepting feedback at this time.)

I know it’s still July, but because my brain is broken by the fashion system, I switch over to thinking about shopping for the upcoming season about two months in advance, which means mentally I’m already stocking up on things like sweaters and tights. Shooting straight up to the top of my list? These pearl-encrusted combat boots from Stuart Weitzman. My friend Hanna said they’re very “American Girl Samantha goes to Brooklyn,” which is pretty much the exact vibe I am going for every autumn. 

They’re precisely the kind of shoe I would wear into the ground: The low-blocked heel is deeply practical, the black shade will go with literally everything I own and the pearl detail adds a feminine edge to the combat style. My only dilemma? Trying to decide if I will buy them in leather or velvet. Or…both? AH!

Stuart Weitzman 'Sondra' Boots, $650, available here.

New York Fashion Week’s New Five-Day Schedule Is Here

New York Fashion Weeks New FiveDay Schedule Is Here

When Tom Ford assumed his position as chairman of the CFDA earlier this year, he kicked off his tenure with a radical announcement: New York Fashion Week would be just five days long. Shortened from its typical timeline, the new week was devised to lure more international press and retailers to NYFW as well as create a more streamlined and compact week. Today we have a first look at Ford’s vision for the new New York Fashion Week, which starts with Telfar on September 6 and culminates with Marc Jacobs, as always, on September 11.

The shortened schedule raised some concern initially that many brands would be left out or cut; however many of New York’s power players remain. The Row, Michael Kors, Tory Burch, Proenza Schouler, Coach 1941, Anna Sui, Prabal Gurung, Gabriela Hearst, Brandon Maxwell, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, and Ford himself are all included on the schedule, as are smaller brands like Snow Xue Gao and Matthew Adams Dolan. Still, there are some noticeable absences: Rodarte, which showed in California last season, is not on the schedule, and neither are Opening Ceremony, Rachel Comey, or Rag & Bone.

The initial schedule is likely to evolve, with brands planning off-piste shows, dinners, and parties in lieu of traditional runway shows. Vogue Runway will be keeping track of all this and more once the season kicks off on September 6. Stay tuned!