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What I Want Now: Mid-Century Modern

It might be because I'm apartment hunting for a mid-century abode or maybe it was Derek Lam's decidedly-of-that-era Spring 2012 show. OR it could be that I just rewatched Tom Ford's A Single Man, which takes place in the most beautiful but masculine home, impeccably designed by architect John Lautner in 1949. Isn't it cool that the things from that period still feel modern? So that's why Mid-Century Modern is the look I want. And I want it now.

1. People that live a mod, minimal lifestyle surely wear shirts like these. A little stiff and structured, but with a pop. And the look is a disguise—you'd think this person doesn't let loose, but that's pretty much all they do.

Pleated Tank, Derek Lam, $950, Barneys.com

2. It's 1950s bathroom-tile mint green! I've said it before, but this color makes me think of Julianne Moore's character in A Single Man. An insufferably chic woman who sits at her vanity and indulges in stiff drinks while over-applying heavy mascara and false lashes. Props, for that is no easy feat. Oh and, this color goes nicely with everything. I think.

RBG Minty, $16, Rgbcosmetics.com

3. These pants!!! Enough said.

Wool crepe pants, $825, Marni.com

4. These are coolly mod and the two-tone neutrals create a subtle color-blocking situation.

Platform pumps, Miu Miu, $476, Bluefly.com.

5. If you can't afford an Eames chair, perhaps you'd like to watch this film so you can pine for them.

The Films of Charles & Ray Eames, $80, DWR.com

So if anyone needs me, I will NOT be sitting in an Eames chair in a house designed by a famous architect in the ’50s. I'll probably be crashing at my friend's apartment in Alphabet City—but at least I'll be wearing these really cool pants—unapologetically.

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