New York Fashion Week starts today. For the next eight days, designers will be showing their Fall/Winter 2014 collections. If you’re watching the shows from your comfy chair and would like a bit of background info, here are some fun reads:

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Ingunn would like to share this article about the history of Shetland and Fair Isle sweaters. As a knitter, she is deeply intrigued by the intricate patterns and colours.

Joy found this Wall Street Journal article about knitwear care very informative. It’s extra fun because stylish YLF member CocoLion (Denise) was interviewed for the article! (subscription only)

Neel found “The 50 Wildest, Most Torturous Shoes of All Time” a very painful and depressing read. Why do we women go to such extremes to showcase our beauty?, she asks.

Nancylee informs us that Nordstrom has teamed up with Etsy to feature a selection of unique items from emerging artists.

Deb said that Downton Abbey’s Lady Edith must be reading YLF as her style is a-changing. She enjoyed The New York times discussing her changing dress and attitude. Lyn* in the meantime discovered that you can rent a replica of Lady Mary’s wedding tiara.

MuseumGal loved this article about Judi Dench’s style, sort of grown-up boho.

Shevia enjoyed Jezebel’s roundup on Cathy Horyn, the fashion critic who announced her retirement from the NYTimes last week.

The wardrobe diagnostics post on Into Mind is helping La Belle Demimondaine to get an even better handle on her wardrobe and current style goals.

Karie found this article very interesting. It explains how Nordstrom responded to a complaint from a customer who had concerns about the “Skinny Sleep” pillow on offer in the stores.

April loved the way Allie used metallic oxfords in this outfit post.

For those who appreciate the art and history of bespoke tailoring, HiggsMistress recommends “The Coat Route: Craft, Luxury & Obsession on the Trail of a $50,000 Coat” by Meg Lukens Noonan.

Angie enjoyed Catherine’s take on why short wedding dresses are stylish and affordable. A fun and refreshing silhouette for when you walk down the aisle. 

TraceyLiz had fun taking the style type test over at A Beautiful Little Life. She already knew she had a slight bohemian touch to her style, but the test revealed an overwhelmingly whimsical style. 

LACeleste thought that novelist Diane Johnson’s essay about remembering those who help us with our style journeys was very nice.

It’s your own perspective of how you look at yourself.” Vildy found this video interview with designer goldsmith Annette Gabbedey, who was born without fingers, quite fasincating.

Suja loved this article and the comments about the Casual Couture of the Average American.

L’Abeille points us in the direction of this historical overview about Eleanor Lambert, the woman who brought us New York Fashion Week.

Vicki wants to share this entertaining piece on the power suits worn in the movie “The Wolf of Wall Street” and how women choose to wear them today.

Lisa thinks it’s refreshing to come across a blog with traditional office style. She especially liked Mary’s outfit with loose trousers, top and flats.