In between episodes of Search Party (which is getting so crazy, by the way), we started watching the wildly entertaining Martin Scorcese/Fran Lebowitz doc Pretend it’s a City, which follows Fran around as she discusses her love/hate relationship with New York, which so perfectly showcases her sardonic wit. I could listen to her all day, and talk about someone with a lifelong uniform! Fran’s been wearing classic boys and menswear since she was a kid — the Oxford shirts she wore in her twenties have since been replaced by fancier ones with French cuffs, possibly made in London (as a friend told me). She also seems to never leave the house without a perfect rolled-up pair of classic jeans, a roomy blazer of some kind, a dapper overcoat (complete with a pocket hanky just like my dad used to wear), and perfectly worn-in cowboy boots (also very my dad) of which she seems to have quite the collection. I was lucky enough to have interviewed her (ok by phone but still) back in my days at Harper’s Bazaar, when I asked her what her favorite possession was. She told me it was a gold ring made especially for her by none other than her friend Paloma Picasso — so glamorous! Since she gesticulates quite a bit during this show, it’s hard for me to really get a good gander at that ring (which I assume is the one on her pointer finger), but I feel cool and insider-y just knowing that personal tidbit. And now I am so inspired to re-read Metropolitan Life. Anyway, you know the drill — let’s shop her look!
Fran’s coat probably comes from the men’s deaprtment somewhere fancy, but this chic and simple one tells the right story. Plus, it’s 50% off on top of the sale price.
Here’s a nice and simple shirt with a bit of stretch, regular buttons and French cuffs that you can leave loose, roll up, or close with chic cufflinks just like Fran does.
Here’s a boxy menswear-inspired blazer not unlike those Fran goes for (although I heard hers are custom-made in London, too).
I’m guessing she wears good old Levi’s 501s, but my favorite A.P.C. jeans work with this vibe too.And of course there are her slightly nerdy, always cool horn-rimmed glasses. p.s. those great Polarized shades I posted on Friday are so Fran too.
Fran’s cowboy boots are more classic, but if you hate how they can show through your jeans, here’s a short version from Lucchese with the right shape that looks just as good peeking out from under them.
And as for that Paloma Picasso ring, your guess is as good as mine, but I am getting a feeling it’s a little like this.