What did you say you’d never wear that you now wear?

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A commenter named Katrina thought this question would be a good follow-up to my recent query about things you’d never wear, and I agree. As for me, I’d say that every denim trend ever has seemed wrong to me until my eye got used to it, from those (I think) Guess high-waisted, pleated, baggy numbers we all went for in about 1979 to, more recently, flares and skinnies and high-waisteds. This Brooke Shields ad for Calvin Klein is the first time I was ever sold on a denim trend the moment I spied it, so great was young Brooke’s spell on a young me. And you?

What would you never wear?

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I think this has to do 100% with me growing up in Texas, and I don’t say never to much, but it’s tough to imagine any scenario that would involve me wearing cowboy boots, even though: 1. they look very chic on others, and 2. I think these, from Anine Bing, are pretty cute.

What are you reading?

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I just started Hollywood’s Eve: Eve Babitz and the Secret History of L.A., the other day, but I’m tearing through it. Babitz is a favorite writer of mine—she was seemingly everywhere and knew everyone in 1960s and 70s Los Angeles, and wrote about the various scenes she encountered there smartly and hilariously, and with no small amount of insight into the human condition. Babitz has also led a very colorful life—she’s the naked lady in this famous photo of Marcel Duchamp playing chess, and she once inspired an ex to say that “In every young man’s life there is an Eve Babitz. It is usually Eve Babitz,” which is one of my favorite lines ever, and gives you a sense of her rich and varied love life, which included such partners as Jim Morrison (about whom she wrote this classic and brilliant piece for Esquire), Steve Martin, and Harrison Ford (who was, according to this book, a popular pot dealer before he hit it big). Anyway, the book, which is by Lili Anolik, is hugely entertaining, satisfyingly gossipy, and quite readable, and I’ll be sad when it’s over. Now tell me: what’s your book of the moment?

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Kim France

I was born in Houston, Texas in 1964 and have lived in New York City since 1988. I had a long career in magazines, working at Sassy, Elle, New York, and Spin, and in 2000, I founded Lucky magazine, which I edited for ten years.

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