Heather (left) and Jessica (right), co-creators of Gofugyourself.com
, the wildly popular, award-winning website that skewers bad celebrity fashion share with us their thoughts on New York Fashion Week, their Fall shopping lists and leggings.New York Magazine asked you both to be special correspondents for Fashion Week
(read about it here
). What were some of your favorite shows?
HEATHER: For a sense of fun, Anna Sui. Nobody's going to be wearing tri-corner hats this season, but she had fun with the music and the clothes, and the rock-and-roll environment totally had the crowd. As far as the clothes, I liked some of what Verrier showed, and a lot of Brian Reyes and Behnaz Sarafpour. All very pretty stuff that I thought did a good job of conveying their point of view on a runway while also being translatable to the bodies of normal women.
JESSICA: I actually had a lot of fun at the Baby Phat show. The clothes weren't something I would wear myself, neccessarily, but the music and the theatrics were incredibly entertaining. Kimora knows how to put on a good show. I also enjoyed Heatherette, for the same reason: it was such a spectacle. And I loved that Zac Posen went all out and showed an incredibly impractical couture-type gown at the end of his show. It was over the top in a fun way, and the audience really responded. In terms of clothing, I think I enjoyed Vena Cava the most -- they showed some really lovely, wearable dresses, and even used a plus size model, which I thought was a good way to show that their pieces will work on women of all sizes.
What were your least favorite fashion shows this season and why?What were some of your least favorite shows?
HEATHER: Zac Posen's show was okay -- a lot of times I found myself really liking one side of a dress and then seeing the other and being suddenly less interested. But the worst show for me was probably Luella Bartley. It felt very derivative and uninspired, in addition to being so 80s-tastic it made my brain bleed a little. JESSICA: I didn't like Luella Bartley much myself, but I'm going to vote for Karen Walker. I know a lot of people love her stuff, but I simply can't sign off on a line that advocates nylon sun bonnets.
Which trends from the spring runways should we expect to see in the future on Gofugyourself?
HEATHER: Apparently, formal shorts are not only not going away, but may be paired with matching blazers. Leggings and knee-length tights are also entrenched, tragically.
JESSICA: Worse yet, the leggings are now sheer. Which is even more hideous than an opaque legging -- something I never thought possible.
Any must-haves items for Fall?
JESSICA: Boots, boots and more boots. Preferably worn with a short skirt, or a mini-dress. I'm dying to get my hands on some of Chanel's Black Satin nail polish, too.
HEATHER: Ditto on all of that. I also just got myself a sleek black pencil skirt that I will probably live in, and I'm excited to shop for coats and jackets.
Who are your style icons?
HEATHER: I don't know that I have one; I just kind of do my own thing. There are definitely certain celebs whose taste I tend to like more than others and who therefore tend not to appear on the site very much, although I wouldn't call any of them icons. Sophia Bush has been dressing her body really well lately. I used to think Reese Witherspoon did a nice job with adding a little something unexpected to a clean, classic, flattering look, but she had a rough awards season last year -- ill-fitting stuff, recycled dresses -- and I haven't seen as much of her since. And every time I see a photo of Kate Middleton (Prince William's girlfriend), I wish I ran with the polo set in the UK, because she wears all kinds of things -- she pulls off hats, suits, cocktail dresses, gowns, and even casual gear with total panache.
JESSICA: I agree with Heather: Sophia Bush has been looking amazing of late. We also saw a lot of Bee Shaffer during Fashion Week, and she always looked lovely and age-appropriate, which I enjoy. As far as my own personal style icons go, I myself prefer to wear a really classic look, so I tend to look toward icons of the past, like Jackie O.
What are your style pet-peeves ?
HEATHER: Go Fug Yourself is all about people flattering their assets. I hate seeing someone with a lovely figure dress it down into a frumpy, bulky mess; I love seeing curvy women knock our socks off with a dress that proves it's not all about being a size zero. Chandra Wilson at the Emmys is a perfect example. She glowed. Whereas Mischa Barton is into sack dresses that make her look slouchy.
JESSICA: We just want people to work what they've got, whatever it is. We're not interested in everyone looking the same, unless by "the same," you mean "attractive." I guess my real pet peeve is people adopting a trend that doesn't work for them, just because it's trendy.
Have you lightened your stance on leggings?
HEATHER: Never! It even says on our business cards that we're "crusaders against leggings." I just think that about 999 times out of 1000, the leggings aren't a necessary addition to the outfit.
JESSICA: I can't add anything to that.