Looking at the Look Book

Try not to look directly at the crotch of Gaby Basora, who is not a piece of meat. Rather, this week's Look Book victim in New York magazine is a stylist and editor-at-large at Violet magazine, which apparently has something to do with someone related to Charles Mingus. A reformed Cacharel shopper with an affinity for genderless colors and camel-friendly jumpsuits, Basora allows her children to dress in hip-hop clothing while she gallavants around art openings wearing vintage swimsuits over tights and boots. But really, who doesn't?! After the jump, Intern Alexis rounds up Josh Tager, Kerri Kolen, and Rhoda Rahaii for your weekly dose of sartorial sass.

Josh Tager, style editor, PlanetOut

What's Gaby laughing at?

She's cackling, not laughing. It's not that she sees anything funny in a ha-ha kind of way, but that she's thinking wicked thoughts. Look at her midnight black devil locks, her goth glasses and her flesh cutting upper bicuspids. (God I hope she doesn't read this and come after me for food for her children!)

Is this some weird Halloween version of The Look Book? Look into Gaby's glasses, just for a moment, and take her in. She's looking at you, isn't she! You can almost hear her gutteral whisper in your mind: "Ydob eht ni mraw si ti! Uoy ees I! Tseirp a si eh! Emit su evig! Nirrem! Nirrem!"

Gaby's got a hot bod for a mom of two — how's she stay in shape?

The logical part of me remembers that a mother of two is constantly
on the go, lifting kids up, chasing after them and the like. Moreover, she's a stylist who probably has to run around town for her job. The sum of this should keep anyone in decent shape.

But I suspect that there are greater forces at work here than just Gaby's home and work schedule.

What do her kids think when she wears her favorite outfit, a vintage swimsuit over tights and boots?

In the spirit of full disclosure, as a boy I used to wear my mother's thick-yarned orange and brown poncho (which draped to my knees), her crinkled patent leather go-go boots (which rose to my thighs) and her heavy gold chain with a silver dollar medallion. I'd ride around the neighborhood on my Big Wheel in this get-up.

Had Gaby been my mother, I no doubt would've admired her style. In fact, I imagine our neighbors would've said things like, "There goes Gaby and Josh! Like mother, like son." Or, "It's bad enough that she wears that freakin' hideous vintage swimsuit over tights with boots! But does she have to dress him like that, too?"

But it wouldn't have mattered what they said. My mom, Gaby, would've cut their tongues out and used them in her famous Esbat Cauldron cakes.

Kerri Kolen, Assistant Editor, Simon & Schuster

What's Gaby laughing at?

Gaby is laughing at her children, who are sitting alone on a stoop outside their school waiting for Mom, who is supposed to be picking them up but is too busy enjoying her seven questions of fame and talking about how "it's not about her" to bother being on time.

Gaby's got a hot bod for a mom of two — how's she stay in shape?

She's a raw food dumpster-diver who leaves work early for meditation courses and acupuncture. She also pops in an occasional early-morning Jane Fonda video. With headband. In her favorite outfit.

What do her kids think when she wears her favorite outfit, a vintage swimsuit over tights and boots?

Her kids are thinking: Hmm... do you think Mommy has a bigger camel toe in the Barbara Bui jumpsuit or in "her favorite outfit"?

Rhoda Rahaii, ballroom dancer

What's Gaby laughing at?

Gaby is laughing at the fact that Halloween came early at the Basora Household this year, and her Joe Perry costume's a dead ringer.

Gaby's got a hot bod for a mom of two — how's she stay in shape?

If chuckling burns calories, than Gaby's definitely losing weight in this shot. Nothing like throwing your head back in a hearty laugh or throwing it forward over the porcelain rim to "get out the demons."

Or that trim bod could be attributed to chasing her homeboy of a son out of a white gang and into the gender-free world of girly-man shirts.

What do her kids think when she wears her favorite outfit, a vintage swimsuit over tights and boots?

The same thing they think when she wears a skydiver's onesie and leather shower shoes "God, mom, just drop off us around the corner! We don't want the kids at school knowing our mom is a designer imposter." If you like Heidi Fleiss, you'll love Gaby Basora!