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August 21 2014

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And We All Shine On?

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As you ring in the new year, chances are you’ll have sequins on the brain. So do designers—and not just for the big night. The Spring ’10 runways were positively gleaming. And while a shiny, strapless Isaac Mizrahi jumpsuit or a body-con mesh Pucci dress with sequin panels will require the right occasion, other looks are designed to bring glitter down to earth—see the spangled camo-print jeans at Balmain, Tory Burch‘s slouchy paillette tee, or the shimmery shorts Richard Chai paired with a flak jacket.

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Photo: Marcio Madeira

 

How Do You Take Your Trench?

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With the holidays upon us, you’re probably looking forward to wrapping up in a cashmere blanket and settling down for a long winter’s nap. Don’t get too comfy. The Spring collections will be arriving in stores a few weeks after New Year’s, and the season’s must-have coats will go fast. In 2010, you’re going to want a trench.… OK, we know what you’re thinking: Every season, it seems, publications like ours are proclaiming, “The trench is back.” But this time, we’re not talking about the classic version. The utilitarian topper has been tweaked: At Aquascutum, Michael Herz added feminine ruffles. Alexander Wang sliced the sleeves off. Nina Ricci‘s Peter Copping went long, and the designers at Christian Dior, Comme des Garçons, and Hermès chopped their versions at the waist.


Click for a slideshow and tell us whether you’ll be adopting one of these new models or sticking with the classic.

Photo: Marcio Madeira

What Would The ’00s Have Been Without The Olsens?

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Few people were photographed more in the aughts than Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, which means we’ve enjoyed a front-row seat as they’ve morphed from a pair of matchy-matchy multi-millionaire tweens to two of the decade’s most influential trendsetters (see our slideshow for proof). Most famously, the sisters signaled an end to the opulence and head-to-toe designer looks of the early ’00s with their trademark dumpster chic. But anyone can have a “moment”; more remarkable was the fact that their impact on fashion was just beginning. Balenciaga saw its profile rise when Ashley was papped again and again carrying its motorcycle bag, and brands like Giambattista Valli, Proenza Schouler, and Givenchy all benefited from the duo’s blessing. In 2007, the Olsens put their star power to work for themselves, launching The Row—a critically acclaimed line that defeated pre-conceived notions of celebrity fashion. In the process, they kick-started a leather leggings trend that still hasn’t gone away. This year, they became members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, which signals a couple of things: They take this very seriously, and there’s a good chance we’ll be looking at pictures of Mary-Kate and Ashley well into the next decade.


Click for a slideshow, and let us know below which Olsens looks you loved, and which you would have consigned to the dumpster.

Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Tokyo Street Style And Spring 2010: Do You See The Connections?

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It’s no secret we’re obsessed with street style photos. And from the looks of the runways, we aren’t the only ones. Clicking through Tokyo blogs like Dropsnap.jp and Fashionsnap.com, we noticed a strong link between the snapshots from Harajuku and Shibuya and the trends that emerged in the Spring 2010 collections. Denim-on-denim? Boho layers? Post-apocalyptic chic? The kids in Tokyo did them first. Designers get their ideas from all over and filter them in their own ways, but there’s no denying that these young Japanese women (and men) know what’s hip months, sometimes years before the rest of us, and they’re as influential now as they’ve ever been.

Click for a slideshow and let us know below, do you see the similarities?

 

 

 

Photo: Marcio Madeira

 

Tie-Dye: Tired Or To Die For?

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Are the eighties over as a source of fashion inspiration? Tommy Ton’s recent street-style photos seem to indicate a move toward easier seventies styles, and we found further evidence of the trend in the tie-dyed looks that brightened the Spring runways. “There’s something about tie-dye that speaks to everyone,” says Tory Burch, adding, “it’s a little nostalgic but also feels modern.” If Blumarine‘s caftan belongs cheerfully in the former camp, Proenza Schouler‘s Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough gave the dyeing technique new life by applying it to sleek and of-the-moment active-sports styles. Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte, meanwhile, pieced together ragged, postapocalyptic looks using fabric usually associated with long-haired flower children. Are you ready for the re-dawning of the Age of Aquarius?



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Photo: Marcio Madeira