Thanks to the tastemaking powers of Nicolas Ghesquière and Gaia Repossi, five-fingered rings and tough ear cuffs have been all the rage for the past year or so. But judging from the recent Resort collections, the new jewelry must-have is a chunky chain. We spied statement-making metal necklaces that were equal parts punk and hip-hop bling at Chanel, Bottega Veneta, Givenchy, and Lanvin, among others. Jenni Kayne, for her part, piled on the gold strands for an extra dose of swag (let’s just say that Jay-Z himself would be jealous), while Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing, Bouchra Jarrar, and Hedi Slimane at Saint Laurent incorporated gleaming links as accents on their clothes. In addition to Rihanna, whose Céline ID choker has been in heavy rotation for some time now, cool girls such as Caroline de Maigret have taken a new liking to heavy-duty chokers. We’re betting they’ll be street-style status symbols at the Spring ’14 shows.
Nothing says “alpha female” quite like two rows of buttons. Balenciaga, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Versace—we noticed a sharp uptick in double-breasted power suits in the Resort collections. More surprising, celebrities have taken to the look, too. Kristen Stewart turned up at the Chanel Haute Couture show in a snug quilted jacket fresh off the label’s Cruise runway (paired with barely there micro shorts), and Aimee Mullins worked the Cannes red carpet in a black-and-white Emilio Pucci two-piecer. Designers like Christopher Kane and Band of Outsiders’ Scott Sternberg, meanwhile, offered modern spins on the classic with a Prince of Wales check shift dress and a cute romper, respectively.
Beginning today, a mash-up of pop-culture enthusiasts, movie stars, and old-school Marvel collectors will descend on San Diego for the annual Comic-Con International. While you’re more likely to catch members of the fashion set waiting hours in line for an exclusive sample sale than a sneak preview of the new Captain America film, designers and tastemakers have latched onto cartoonish prints. A case in point is Raf Simons, who featured charming Andy Warhol sketches on his Fall runway for Dior, and scattered vibrant pop-art motifs (and text blocks that read “Artificially flavored” and “This is the new shape”) throughout his namesake menswear line for Spring. Disney-style swallows flitted across a shirt at London’s MAN show, and Bambi himself was stamped on Riccardo Tisci’s collection-opening sweatshirt at Givenchy. But Mickey always wins. Miley Cyrus and street-style maven Carlotta Oddi, among others, have gone Mouseketeer lately.
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.