Anyone who has perused our Fall ’14 denim guide received the memo that vacuum-packing yourself into second-skin stovepipes is officially over. Here, we’re turning our attention to the breakthrough indigo trend—dovetailing with this year’s buzzy #normcore meme—that’s been gaining serious traction in the streets: “mom jeans.” For many, the notion conjures up memories of ’90s television series such as Beverly Hills, 90210 (not to mention that infamous SNL skit, but the new wave of mom jeans are decidedly not your mother’s. It girls including Miley Cyrus, Chloë Sevigny, and Tumblr star Staz Lindes (seen here at Bushwick Open Studios back in July) were among the early champions of the high-waisted, relaxed-fit styles. Meanwhile, models-off-duty from Daria Werbowy to Tilda Lindstam to Drake Burnette have embraced the navel-grazing movement in a major way, trading out their standard black skinnies for vintage, bum-cradling Levi’s. Off the streets, we’ve also witnessed mom jeans cropping up in recent collections from Rachel Comey and Ami. While you arguably need to have the right proportions to properly rock this look, it’s unquestionably a refreshing change of pace from sprayed-on jeggings.
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With the Spring ’15 shows about to barrel into town, we’re planning a restorative escape to the country. Nothing too out-there, mind you. We like to rough it without looking rough around the edges. We glamp, not camp (even if we’re still not sure glamp is a real word). Conveniently, there’s been no shortage of outdoorsy style inspiration, what with the summer’s never-ending music festival circuit. Back in June, Glastonbury found It Brits like Edie Campbell and Suki Waterhouse striking poses in utilitarian threads and rubber Wellies. And just last weekend, Mulberry and co. set up their tents at the Wilderness Festival in Oxfordshire to debut Cara Delevingne’s new bags for the brand. Many of the recent menswear and Resort collections, meanwhile, seemed ready-made for high-end hiking trips and woodsy bonfire gatherings. Canvas parkas and waterproof Mackintoshes turned up at Marc by Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, and Julien David. And J.W. Anderson made an impression at Loewe with a debut collection of sturdy cuffed jeans and hardworking leather accessories photographed by Jamie Hawkesworth on rocky terrain outside Cadiz, Spain.
Here, what to wear on your next, ahem, glamping trip.
Crispy whites always get a lot of love this time of the year, so here at Style.com, we’re paying tribute to the reliably chic, flattering look our editors have coined “summer blacks.” Chalk it up to our New Yorker mentalities, but on any given day at the office during the warmer months, you’re likely to catch Nicole Phelps wearing her trusty 3.1 Phillip Lim jumpsuit, Katharine K. Zarrella donning inky Comme des Garçons, and the Williamsburg-based editors tucking vintage band tees into their dark skinnies. But we’re not the only ones championing—in the words of Jay Z—all-black everything this season. Celebrities from Zoe Saldana to Sofia Coppola have recently been spotted in head-to-toe onyx outfits, while the slimming noncolor remains a staple for models-off-duty like Anja Rubik, Liya Kebede, and Daria Strokous (not that they need the help). Designers including Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz and Josh Goot featured LBDs and graphite crop tops in their respective Resort lineups—more proof that black is, well, the new black.
Summertime has reached its zenith, and here at Style.com, we’re trying to soak up as much sun as possible—with weekend getaways, backyard barbecues, and maybe even a Six Flags excursion—before the Spring ’15 shows kick off in September. Naturally, we’ll be protecting our skin from UV exposure with SPF, but when sunblock alone doesn’t cut it, we’ll be reaching for cool straw hats. As we learned during the recent menswear and couture shows, when it comes to statement-making accessories, nothing gets street-style photographers snapping quite like a shady fedora or flat-topped boater. Ulyana Sergeenko was spotted in a woven lamp-shade style on the haute circuit, while back in NYC Lindsey Wixson wore a classic wide-brimmed look to cheer on the teams at Adidas’ Fanatic soccer tournament. Celebrities from Lupita Nyong’o to Dakota Johnson have been breaking out the woven headgear this season, too, and Michael Kors and Rosie Assoulin’s recent Resort collections featured matching raffia caps and totes.
Rock stars embody a sense of freedom and glamour that fashion will forever be chasing after. No designer has championed the rocker look more than Hedi Slimane, who successfully revitalized Saint Laurent by mining youth-culture codes for creative inspiration. A true fanboy, Slimane regularly casts lanky musicians to walk his runway shows and also fills his front rows with a tribe of real-life musicians, including Alex Turner, Miles Kane, and The Kills’ Alison Mosshart. But SL isn’t the only brand getting with the band lately. For his Diesel Black Gold Resort collection, Andreas Melbostad studded and stenciled tough leather vests and biker jackets that read “Race to the Grave.” Haider Ackermann took his signature decadent aesthetic in an edgier direction for Spring ’15 with black vinyl pants and silk sashes worthy of Keith Richards. And Undercover’s Jun Takahashi paid tribute to New York’s proto-punk scene by featuring the cover art from Television’s Marquee Moon album in his latest menswear lineup. Off the catwalk, models of the moment are striking a similar note with electric, eclectic ensembles. During the Paris menswear shows, Grace Hartzel’s bohemian frock and silver amulets channeled a Ladies of the Canyon vibe, while Waleska Gorczevski paired a grungy Nirvana T-shirt with black shredded jeans—proof that the rock-star trend is as much about attitude as it is about the clothes.