Basic Instincts

W’s fashion market and accessories director is on the hunt for what’s next.

Derek Lam coat
Photographer: Billy Kidd Stylist: Lindsey Frugier

I recently took a weekend trip to Charleston, South Carolina, and was totally charmed by its beautiful gardens and antebellum architecture. It’s also a great shopping town, as I discovered when my husband and I stumbled upon the boutique Indigo & Cotton. Stocked with a smart selection of well-made items, mainly from American designers, it felt very much in step with what’s happening in fashion today. On the runways—and on the streets—there has been a pendulum swing toward pared-down staples. Guiding the trend is a crop of fresh labels like Rosetta Getty, A.L.C., and Trademark—all of which boast a cool, no-nonsense aesthetic. At the end of a high- fashion-filled day at work, it’s exactly the kind of uncomplicated stuff I want to wear.

Photos: Basic Instincts

Derek Lam coat, $6,490, and skirt, $1,190, Neiman Marcus, 888.888.4757; Derek Lam turtleneck, $1,190, Bergdorf Goodman, New York, 212.753.7300; The Row bag, $1,090,

Photographer: Billy Kidd Stylist: Lindsey Frugier

Coach skirt, $295,

Esquivel loafers, $750,

Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry gold bracelet, $5,400,; Coléoptère gold, platinum, and diamond bracelet, $29,500,

Rag & Bone jumpsuit, $595, similar styles at Rag & Bone, New York, 212.727.2990.

Time’s Arrow wallet, $275,

Tabitha Simmons booties, $995,

Trademark coat, $298,

Shinola watch, $600,

Adam Lippes top, $590,

A.L.C. bag, $1,095,


Hair by Marki Shkreli for Leonor Greyl; makeup by Serge Hodonou for Chanel at Frank Reps. Model: Carla Ciffoni at IMG Models. Digital technician: Patrick Postle. Photography assistant: Bradley Ennis. Fashion assistant: Esther Kim.