Wednesday links


irish town

  • These noir-ish photos of a small Irish town are haunting and beautiful. (Colossal)
  • It’s the season 5 trailer for Arrested Development, which premieres May 29. (YouTube)
  • America’s 100 best-loved novels. (PBS)
  • Here is every red carpet look from the Met Gala, which was Monday night. (The Cut)
  • 14 wacky movie posters from the Cannes Film Festival. (Vulture)

I’m going to go out on a limb and call platforms a classic


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Platforms aren’t really having a moment especially, and it took some looking to find enough for a post, but I sort of think they never go out of style. And for those of you who, like me, enjoy the idea of height without pain, they are simply indispensable in the warmer months. This pair from K Jacques is a little less walkable than some of the others here, but I think they’re highly wearable and pretty timeless.

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These remind me of a pair of No 6 clog sandals I used to own, except for the cork sole.

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A white shoe is always really chic, and I like that this one has studs instead of staples.

cole platform

This is more of a wedge than a platform, really, but I’m allowing it because I think it’s pretty sexy in a subtle way.

hasbeens platforms

This is the kind of platform you could traverse the city in.

& other platform

Here is a well-priced pair that stops just short of being clunky.

edelman platform

I like the dusty rose hue here.

soludos platform

Such a good, summery option.

splendid platform

These could be dressed way up, but I’d wear them with jeans too.

mia platform

Red sandals are an easy way to add a hit of color to whatever your outfit is.

coclico platform

Were I not still trying to spend less, I’d buy these in an instant: they would go with everything.

kork platform

I love Kork-Ease sandals—they’re so comfortable—and while this one comes in a few more subdued tones, I’m digging the poppy pink.

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Another pair of Kork-Ease, in an easy neutral.


This slingback is positively office-worthy.

tucker platform

These are kind of fun and retroish without looking costumey.

flaire platform

And these are just pretty funky.

Why is it so hard to find bags that are not all crapped up?


apc bag

The less a bag has going on in the hardware, zipper, and extra pockets department, the happier I am, and it would appear I’m not alone. Last week, after I described a bag from Boden as delightfully unadorned, I received a request from a commenter named Ann asking for more of the same. The pleasure is all mine, Ann, though it wasn’t so easy to track a whole lot of them down, as designers are forever adding unnecessary and distracting frippery to their purses, and who even knows why. I did manage to locate a handful, though, like this nice-sized chic navy drawstring option from APC.

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Madewell’s Transport Tote is so damn classic, and I feel like this particular choice would look fantastic once broken in.

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A gorgeous, perfect-for-the-office backpack that has all the elegance of a straight-up handbag.

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A well-priced, not-too-small crossbody bag.

baggu bag

Baggu’s original bag in leather is very Margiela.

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Another good bucket bag.

suede bag

I dig the army green hue of this crossbody bag, and feel like it would work really well as a neutral.

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This looks so much more expensive than it is.

mansur bag

From Mansur Gavriel: a very structured take on the hobo.

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OK, this one has some adornment—that excellent patterned strap. But the rest is so clean-lined that I’m including it.


Another straightforward bag from Baggu, this one big enough for all the essentials, but not a whole lot more.



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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