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There’s a huge difference between looking at photos of a runway show and getting your eyes on the clothes in person, and we here at Styleite got that opportunity Tuesday afternoon when we visited Zac Posen‘s studio.
When the ’80s ended, people praised the end of shoulder pads and hammer pants forever — both of which have made strong sartorial comebacks. Some say for better, other say for worse. We won’t argue with those two trends. Instead, here is our list of 5 trends we miss and 5 trends we’re keeping our fingers crossed remain in fashion’s graveyard forever.
In all honesty, we’re on the fence about this one. On the one hand, they can look cute and as photo-blogger Garance Dore points out, virtually guarantee a double take (and possibly a whistle.) On the other, visible cheek-age has a little too much in common with lower back tattoos, Dov Charney, and spaghetti strap tank tops. But no need to bum out, to help you navigate this fraught path — check out our completely unscientific short-short score card.
We’d heard these things called Silly Bandz were all the rage, but until we stumbled upon US Magazine’s blurb on the growing craze of Silly Bandz among celebrities like alpha mom Sarah Jessica Parker — who wore a lime green one in the shape of who-knows-what — we had no idea how big they really were. And we’re all familiar with the domino effect that stems from a little bit of subliminal trend endorsements by celebrity moms.
While we love fashion, we often wonder what on earth guys think of all the crazy trends girls will wear in the name of style. For example, one of our guy friends consistently asks, “WTF are those?” when we wear harem pants. In order to get to the bottom of this male versus female sartorial debate, we invited writer, blogger, and all around guy’s guy Nick Kreiss to give us honest, gut reactions to the following trends.
Between the return to chic of long, goth-worthy hemlines, Lindsay‘s recent affection for bell-bottoms and a couple of Kris Kros-inspired incidents, we were wondering when we’d see a resurgence of the choker. You know — the ultimate in early 90s accessories, typically teamed with a crushed velvet baby doll dress, pair of White Out-stained Doc Martins and plenty of angst.
There’s been a slew of appointments today and in the rush to keep up with who’s working where, we almost missed the New York Times’ proclamation that the long, lean and willowy look is back. And no (thankfully) we’re not talking about models. Instead, the Times has it that like LiLo after a night on the town, hemlines are hitting the floor.
With the 90s back in full swing this spring, reflections back to middle school days seem to be a regular occurrence. But with Cher from Clueless and Courtney Love from her Kurt days being referenced and epitomized on every corner below 14th street, where are the mini-Gwen Stefanis? Also, what happened to ska dressing? Sure, the Chers have our girly sides covered and Court more than has our grunge side down, but what about our quirky tomboy side?
Ladies, it’s time to lock up that Nair because this summer the boys are re-embracing the short-short in all it’s pale, upper thighed goodness. According to WWD, as temperatures and stock prices muster a cautious climb, men’s swim lengths are heading north and maillot makers are eschewing boardshorts for a leggier length.
Could teen-sensation Justin Bieber be the new Jennifer Aniston? According to the New York Times, much like a Tiger Beat-approved version of Jen’s long-layered shag, prepubescent boys everywhere are now flocking to salons in the quest to score their own head of heartthrob hair. Meanwhile, we can’t believe this was actually the subject of an article in The New York Times.
Beyonce has just released a video for her new single, “Why Don’t You Love Me?” and following in the footsteps of her “Video Phone” Bettie Page look, Ms. Knowles plays the pin-up to the nth degree. Shot with 8mm-esque film and featuring a set straight out of The Wonder Years (and, perhaps more appropriately, Dreamgirls), the video follows Beyonce through a series of housekeeping mishaps — throughout all of which she’s dressed to the nines and swigging from a dirty martini. Why don’t you love her, indeed.
We can’t believe we’re using Shenae Grimes as an example of anything fashion-related, let alone in conjunction with Lindsay Lohan, but this question is just begging to be asked. What on earth is up with the knee-high hose these two are sporting?
Last week, I penned an ode to my new-to-me, vintage boyscout rucksack and lamented the fact that there weren’t any fashion-forward options on the market. Well, it turns out I just didn’t know where to look! Refinery29, whose shopping round-ups always leave us with a dent in our pockets, has dug up 6 of the coolest-looking backpacks we’ve ever seen.
Who among us can resist the smell of fashion’s freshest goodies? Then again, with the recession still ringing in our ears, we don’t blame you if you’re not willing to drop $500 bucks on a pair of studded clogs or swallow-print pumps. So fans of fancy footwear take stock: instead of playing it totally safe, we’ve checked the market and rounded up eleven bright n’shiny soles that are as easy on the eyes as they are on your wallet.
Trends come and go, but some things stick around long after the hangover wears off. We’re talking about tats. Of course, body art of the permanent variety has been around much longer than Britney Spears‘ tramp stamp, but it wasn’t until last spring that they truly went haute — making bold statements on the runways at Chanel, Rodarte and Gautier.
Remember when all you wanted was every single color and style of Juicy Couture sweat suit the brand manufactured? Now, more high brow designers (no offense to the Juicy girls) are jumping on the sweatpants band wagon and designing their own versions; versions that work for both lounging and for more formal occasions.
We buy our new kicks with excitement, building outfits in our heads, dreading the thought of an unfortunate encounter with uneven concrete, a scuff, or fashion gods forbid, a stain. With that, it makes sense that we would have our handy standbys to get us places quickly, comfortably, and without causing great loads of concern. However, is there an alternative? This past season, a relatively controversial shoe stomped, sashayed, and swirled down the runway: the kitten heel.
Don’t get us wrong, we’re always up for a little sartorial experimentation. A sequin here; a strong shoulder there. But there are times in fashion when things just get ugly. Like WTF, clogs? Alas, with the glut of celebrities who’ve been giving the clog their tacit endorsement we’ve got a feeling this one is going to last through spring, so in the interest of all things semi-chic here’s your field guide to fugly footwear. Tread carefully, ladies.
How do we put our most sophisticated step forward in our dad’s old long johns? By using these different garments, you can create a masculine minimalism that looks chic, avant-garde, and ultimately exudes femininity rather than erasing it.
There’s a lot to love about the Easter Bunny: he’s cute, cuddly and brings us pastel-flecked chocolate. But unless your name is Jessica or you happen to be dating a guy named Hugh, you’ve probably never given much thought to the idea of dressing like the furry fellow. Until now. Behold the latest trend in hare-raising headwear: The rabbit ears.