I thought it would be cute and fun to do a “resolutions” post on December 31st, but I wasn’t sure how to approach it. After all, just asking you what you plan on not accomplishing in the new year seemed rather bleh. So, imagine my glee when I discovered a frothy fashion article about this exact subject with no less than 1.5 brown connections to exploit! Problem solved.
We asked some of our favorite women what they hope to do (or do a little bit better)â€”from family to food and fashionâ€”in 2009.
I’ve only quoted about half of the resolvers here:
Vera Wang, designer â€œWork more and work out more.â€
Venus Williams, tennis player â€œI think itâ€™s time to give up leggings and add more prints to my closet in 2009. I also think itâ€™s time for more accessories, but I want to avoid those big chunky pieces.”
While she is a tennis player, Venus isn’t our “0.5″ connection.
Chanel Iman, model â€œStep back into my closet and re-create the things I havenâ€™t worn in a while and do wardrobe swaps with my friends. After the swap, you can go shopping for that one item that will make the trade pop. Itâ€™s kind of a green way to go.â€
Sophie Buhai, designer, Vena Cava â€œMonochromatic fashion that feels elegant (but is almost boring) paired with an eccentric large metal necklace is what I am wanting to wear. As far as giving things up, Iâ€™d say itâ€™s time to give up flashy designer bags. The new year and a new economy are all about buying vintage Ferragamo and Bottega on eBay.â€
Coco Rocha, model â€œWear more jackets. This is the time to bundle up, and a girl cannot have too many coats because it is what you are seen most in during the winter season.â€
Marina Rust, contributing editor, Vogue â€œI know if I squeeze a lemon into a cup of hot water and honey every morning I will actually feel and look better. Maybe this year I will remember to do it.â€
Tory Burch, designer â€œKeep things in perspective and not sweat the small stuff. I always try to focus on the big picture and remember if my family is happy and healthy, nothing is worth getting too stressed about.â€
Chiara Clemente, filmmaker â€œEat at home as much as I can. Maybe itâ€™s because I am Italian, but you have to start with the basics. And thatâ€™s food.â€
Clementeâ€™s film Our City Dreams (ourcitydreams.com) has its theatrical release at the Film Forum in New York this February.
Chiara is Waris Ahluwalia’s girlfriend. See? Kinda brown. That’s a picture of them, over on the right.
Sarah Mower, contributing editor, Vogue â€œAsk not what your country can do for you. You can be just perfect-looking, but if youâ€™re not contributing something worthwhile, however small, how can you feel good about yourself?â€
And now, for not just a brown but a coconut-flavored connection:
Lakshmi Menon, model â€œA place everyone should visit is Ladakh, situated on the northwestern frontier of India and the last stronghold of Tibetan Buddhism. Itâ€™s a place that has lessons to teach all of us with its wisdom of old ways, which we have forgotten in the consumerist frenzy of our times.â€
FYI- the picture adorning the top of this post is a shot of lovely Lakshmi posing for everyone’s favorite store for casual Friday-wear: Banal Republic. She has also worked for Givenchy and Hermes. Not bad, penne. Not bad. I am definitely a fan.
Liya Kebede, model â€œI recommend people visit Africaâ€”that is what I want to do. I want to try and see all the different countries. I also think people should get involved, volunteer, and simply help others in any way you can. This is the way forward.â€
I appreciate that the models from India and Ethiopia are exhorting us to travel to interesting places. We need such encouragement. How else will we inflict boorish American behavior (while wearing white athletic shoes with EVERYTHING) on every part of the world we could loudly and rudely visit? I keed, I keed. Kinda.
What are you feeling all ambitious about for 2009? The usuals suspects, i.e. the gym, smoking, dieting? Or do you have something more fascinating in mind? Feel free to share your resolutions in the comments below, so those of us who are lazy, less creative, less introspective or any and all of the above can mooch off your great ideas, I mean, FEEL INSPIRED by them.
Happy 2009, mutineers. Ring it in safely, we’d miss you if you weren’t here to lurk or comment.