In today’s edition of What I Wore This Week, Arden Fanning shares her past five days—packing light for Paris Fashion Week means pajamas for day, skater staples, and plenty of blue mascara.
I couldn’t possibly check a suitcase on my way to Paris Fashion Week. When daring to leave my biodome home, I want edited options, I want ease, I want the lightest Paravel carry-on bag filled with luxurious silk and mesh staples that roll up teeny tiny. I want just two pairs of shoes that I can walk everywhere in; I want to recycle the same pieces again and again. I want to speed up morning decisions when I’ve sunk into a Jell-O mold of jet lag.
Arriving in the City of Light on Tuesday morning felt like a dream, and I kept just twirling in circles, saying “so much beauty!” and testing my French with “très bien!” I realize now that the only cars I needed the entire time were to and from the airport—even in the windy rain—thanks to layers that kept me spry and Anthony Turner’s Rokh runway hair advice of “if I think about it too much, it becomes too perfect.”
I experienced the most incredible tour of the “Anni et Josef Albers: L’art et La vie” exhibition at the Museé D’art Moderne by Nicholas Fox Weber, its co-curator and founder of the Albers Foundation. The Albers were pure romance: A married couple that followed their arts and hearts (like Cody and me!), and, according to Nicholas, “obsessed” with the aesthetics of their own wardrobes. In the morning, I pin up my little mini bang buns that I like to let down later in the day for a curly tendril surprise, and Spirit Jersey’s organza duster is the right floaty piece to tie around the waist without obscuring my favorite Beach Brains “sharkskin” blue silk shirt.
Beach Brains super slouch silk shirt
$349.00, BEACH BRAINS
Alo Yoga varsity tennis skirt
$68.00, ALO YOGA
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star lugged low top sneaker
American Apparel unisex stripe calf-high sock
Free People Sticky Be Be Postivite stirrup socks
$30.00, FREE PEOPLE
SzadeLlowen sunglasses in elysium black and ultraviolet
Kevin Germanier is a kind genius and one of the first designers to imagine and create collections of truly sustainable high fashion—he came from Louis Vuitton’s team before being scouted as a #beadmaster for his own designs. This avatar-cool tube top is his handiwork, and now his accessories line (keep your eye out for his new home goods) is my favorite addition to the house of Germanier. I packed Azikiwe Mohammed’s umbrella that he created for his Big Apple Gifts and Souvenirs shop, which came through for me more than once.
Twenty Montreal Mackay rib cropped top
Wrangler women’s cowboy cut slim-fit jeans
Germanier beaded-strap faux patent-leather baguette bag
ManiGlovz anti-UV and sunblock protection gloves
For an all-the-time flat, I turn Converse into my DIY ballet slippers—which I want you to try. I sent the brand photos of my first version of this in college (which required more hand sewing), and they wrote me back something along the lines of “we don’t take ideas from strangers,” so I’ll share the tutorial here instead. Powder blues felt right even for fall, and a trip to hang out with Anthony Turner backstage at Rokh provided the first excuse to wear my La Perla pajama top outdoors. Inside the Petit Palais, everything looks important.
L*Space Daydreamin’ cardigan
L*Space Daydreamin’ short
La Perla silk-satin pajamas
Victoria’s Secret satin and lace lace-up romper
$70.00, VICTORIA’S SECRET
Wolford Electric Affair tights
$67.00, SAKS OFF 5TH
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star sneakers
When the clock struck midnight, Carine Roitfeld was blowing out candles. I loved how warm her team was, especially when they invited me—and Cody, my date—to her CR Fashion Book party with Grey Goose at La Suite Girafe. It ended up being Roitfeld’s birthday rager with Soo Joo Park DJing, the cast of Gossip Girl wandering around (of course), Suzi De Givenchy (who walked Balenciaga’s red carpet runway) glowing, and Mark Tuan lounging around under the umbrellas. To prepare for party time excellence, I layered more pajamas with blue mascara on lashes and brows, and did my one-minute, one-dollar manicure: Chanel quick-dry topcoat sprinkled with iridescent glitter. That’s it; keep it moving.
Bluebella Alina teddy
Zhilyova Capella Mystery Blue flared trousers
Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Loose Glitter
$15.00, ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS
Chanel Le Top Coat
Dior Diorshow Waterproof Mascara
Milk Makeup Lip + Cheek Cream Blush Stick
$27.00, MILK MAKEUP
A stroll to Enfants Riches Déprimés’ moody, gothy fashion show took me down the windy Seine. I’d created matching crowns for Cody and me with silver thread and some pearls my mom and I bought in New Mexico years ago, so I didn’t need much more than emo eyeliner and FDM’s silky jumpsuit. WTHN ear seeds look like sparkly rhinestones that, when placed strategically, amp me up if I’m starting to fade. This chess board Enfants Riches Deprimes denim jacket no longer exists online, though they do have one of their Bauhaus blankets floating in the metaverse. The soundtrack to their show was so good, I’ll be playing it for the rest of the year just thinking about my first couple’s front row—another perfect evening in Paris.
Fleur du Mal apron jumpsuit
$495.00, FLEUR DU MAL
Enfants Riches Déprimés merino wool-jacquard blanket
$1690.00, MR PORTER
BareMinerals Mineralist Lasting Eyeliner
Aerie Shine triangle bikini top
$35.00, AMERICAN EAGLE
Wthn ear seed kit
$45.00, SAKS FIFTH AVENUE
P448 shoelaces in white and royal
Originally Appeared on Vogue