Do you remember that episode of Sex and The City where Carrie goes to her friend’s kid’s birthday and her Manolos get stolen out of the hallway because people aren’t allowed to wear shoes in the apartment? Of course, you do! It shone a bright light on this widespread practice of butchering your guests’ fashion statements because you decided to get white rugs or some stupid shit. If you don’t want people wearing their fucking shoes in your house, move to Japan.
That conundrum also helped me understand my relationship to Christmas these days because, as you know, most of life’s important moments can be illustrated by an episode of Sex and The City. You see, Carrie’s married friend accused her single, childless self of being selfish because she’d spent so much on a pair of shoes yet Carrie had unfailingly shelled out for all her friends’ kids whenever a birthday or bar mitzvah arose and if she wanted to splurge on a beautiful pair of shoes once in a while, she should be able to.
I really related to that today, when I took a quick break from running around buying presents for the exploding population of small children in my own family to pay a visit to gorgeous Beth LaMure at her Simply Vintageous boutique on Melrose. I was curious to see if there was anything that echoed the upcoming trends for spring 2013 and I certainly wasn’t disappointed. First, there were acres of the lace and sheer fabrics that we will be seeing from Valentino, Versace and Roberto Cavalli, and like those collections, there were choices here that could be worn from saintly to slutty. I particularly loved a sheer gold dress with delicate floral embroidery that was priced at, I think, a mere $865.