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The cowboy boot trend has nothing to do with country and/or western and everything to do with the noughties boho-trend revival. Those who lived through the era may recall them being an essential part of festival wear—with tattered jorts or mini denim skirts—or alternatively, the best way to ground a gauzy babydoll dress (the latter I wore to my 21st birthday party way back when, I’m not ashamed to admit). In the “more is more” spirit of our time, the cowboy boot has become an everyday shoe thanks to designers tweaking the style to suit their particular vibes. See Khaite’s sleek and minimal take, or Isabel Marant’s wide-shaft, two-tone version, for something more legit. And if you wanted to rock a boot but are not a boot-kinda-gal, then Y/Project’s jeans with boot shaft detail at the hem had you covered. Giddy up!
A Little Fan
This July was the sixth hottest July since we started keeping track of such things in 1880, so perhaps it’s not surprising that the fan became a style staple this summer. June was sticky too. At Pitti Uomo, guests could often be seen carrying “old-school” foldable fans to beat the heat, then in Milan, guests at Versace’s menswear show were given appropriately bedazzled motorized versions. We first spotted Naomi Campbell fanning herself while sitting front row at Louis Vuitton Men’s spring 2023 show in Paris. Stylish and practical? We love to see it.