Worn by cowboys, bandits, protesters, punks, and hip-hoppers alike, bandannas have earned a rebellious rep over the years. This summer, fashion has latched onto the rule-breaking look. Perennial street-style favorite Hanne Gaby Odiele pioneered the trend back in February, when she was snapped sporting a standard-issue black kerchief on multiple occasions in Paris. Since then, designers have taken up hankies, too. Andreas Melbostad’s recent Resort collection for Diesel Black Gold included a graphic black-and-white print that resembled, as he put it, an “aggressive bandanna.” And at the menswear shows at the end of last month, Kim Jones featured the classic paisley motif in his Louis Vuitton lineup, while Hedi Slimane sent models rocking rockabilly red scarves down the Saint Laurent runway. They were big with the street-style set, too.
With the haute couture, menswear, and Resort shows finally wrapping up this week, high summer is officially here—just in time for the fashion set to enjoy the long holiday weekend ahead. To celebrate, many will be taking off for vacation destination spots and breaking out their statement-making bathing suits for the shore or the pool. While there were plenty of crop tops, bikinis, and sporty rash guards in the latest pre-spring lineups, it was the sophisticated maillots (no cover-ups required) in the mix that really piqued our interest. Classic, flattering one-pieces turned up at Chanel, Dior, Dion Lee, and Bottega Veneta, while designers including Jason Wu, Emilio Pucci’s Peter Dundas, and the Cushnie et Ochs girls turned up the heat with sexy cutouts. Unfortunately, these water-ready numbers won’t be hitting stores until the new deliveries arrive this fall, but they’ll give us ideas for the balmy months ahead.
At this time last year, designers were busy making knee-length Bermudas and basketball shorts. This Resort season, they took things one step further, lowering hemlines on baggy, culotte-inspired trousers so they hit somewhere between mid-calf and just above the ankle. We noticed crisp white styles in the new lineups from Thakoon Addition, Ports 1961, Adam Lippes, and Sonia Rykiel (the latter two whipped them up in pliant leather and pleather, respectively). And while labels like Valentino and Roksanda Ilincic, among others, showed the fresh silhouette in a casual context, Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci made them evening-appropriate in black satin paired with a pair of killer ankle-strap sandals. Unless you’ve got stems like Joan Smalls’, we’d recommend rocking heels while test-driving this trend.
Women can’t get enough of jumpsuits, and here’s why: All-in-ones, which seamlessly transition from day to night with a pair of heels, offer all of the polished nonchalance of trousers and none of the fuss of coordinating separates. The Resort collections were full of new takes on the look. Christopher Kane, Reed Krakoff, and Thakoon Addition did clean, strapless versions, while Jonathan Saunders and Maria Cornejo showed slouchier ones in slippery satin. Personally, we can’t get enough of the graphic mosaic number from 3.1 Phillip Lim.
Pajamas have been a staple with the street-style set for at least a year, but it wasn’t until recently that we spotted sleepwear on the red carpets. Tilda Swinton was bar none the most comfortable A-lister at the Cannes Film Festival last week in her shimmering gold Haider Ackermann ensemble, and earlier this month, Sofia Coppola appeared on Marc Jacobs’ arm at the Met Gala in jammies from his Fall collection. Chic, slouchy sets popped up in the new Gucci and Just Cavalli Resort lineups, too. We won’t be surprised to see more of this artfully undone look at the CFDA Awards next Monday.