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Editor Obsessions: Vintage Alaïa Black Hooded Zipper Dress

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alaia-sizedEvery day, Style.com’s editors reveal their current obsessions—and where to buy them. Check out today’s pick, below.

My Alaïa obsession is second only to my Comme des Garçons addiction, so when I received an e-mail today that Resurrection Vintage got in a black Alaïa zipper dress from 1986 (a favorite of Grace Jones’), my heart skipped a beat. To say this saucy little number, whose swirling zips are almost Charles Jamesian, is timeless would be a gross understatement. It’s going to look divine when paired with high-heeled booties or even my Prada combat boots. The only question remaining is, if I plan on donning it with the hood up, can I still wear a hat?

Alaïa black hooded zipper dress, price upon request. For more information, visit resurrectionvintage.com.

Photo: Courtesy Photo

Shop the Look: Zip Codes

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Shop the Look Zippers

Fall is fast approaching—not to mention fashion month, which is just a few weeks away (mark your calendars!). To prepare for nonstop shows around the globe, we’re shopping for simple transition pieces that will get us through a hot day at Milk Studios and a cool night in the Tuileries. Simple doesn’t have to mean plain, though. Ever since we spotted Christopher Kane’s zippered Pre-Fall ’14 collection—which includes revamped classics like a diagonal-zip pencil skirt and a high-slit shift dress—we’ve been craving those sleek zippered details. Worn head to toe with matching booties or just your favorite jeans, the look feels both minimal and edgy. Shop our favorite zippered pieces from Alaïa, Victoria Beckham, and more, below.

1. Marc by Marc Jacobs Zip It earrings, $58, available at bloomingdales.com

2. Jay Ahr zip-trimmed ruffled crepe miniskirt, $1,700, available at net-a-porter.com

3. Victoria Beckham python and textured-leather shoulder bag, $995, available at net-a-porter.com

4. Alaïa zipped suede ankle boots, $2,360, available at net-a-porter.com

5. Christopher Kane chunky zip crewneck sweater in black and fuchsia, $1,085, available at forwardforward.com

Where Are the Clothes Fit for a Queen?

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PrincessPrincess Letizia—i.e., Spain’s answer to Kate Middleton—is going to become queen. The news anchor-turned-royal wed Prince Felipe de Borbon ten years ago, and now that the latter’s father has abdicated the throne, she’ll be getting the crown along with her dashing prince.

The press has dubbed Princess Letizia, 41, one of “Europe’s most glamorous royals.” Sure, she’s drop-dead gorgeous, impossibly elegant, and is blessed with a winning smile, but why are these royals always so afraid to inject a little fun into their wardrobes? The soon-to-be queen seems to favor lacy frocks, mauve hues, and pantsuits, which is all good and fine, but they don’t do her justice. Somebody get this woman in some Delpozo (let’s hear it for nationalism!), Céline, or Alaïa after she takes the throne—something with a little pizzazz! Even if it’s the quiet, sophisticated kind.

And since we’re on the topic, it would be lovely if Kate Middleton could discover her sartorially adventurous side, too. Never has a vibrant Jonathan Saunders coat looked so sad as it did on Ms. Middleton in Scotland last week. Come on, ladies. We appreciate that it’s not so easy being queen, but cheer up! Or at least prescribe your closet a little Prozac.

Photos: Getty Images

What’s Old Is Now: Byronesque Debuts Its Latest Vintage Lineup

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Alaia Alaia“There’s a lot of ugly vintage out there,” said Byronesque founder Gill Linton. “I look at some vintage stores, and I’m like, ‘This is trash. It’s not fashion. There’s no story behind it. And you’re giving it such a bad name.’” You won’t find any of that rubbish on Linton’s website, which she launched in 2012 with the help of Marvin Traub Associates and Theory’s Andrew Rosen. As a die-hard vintage addict (and frequent Byronesque browser), I can personally attest to the fact that Linton only sells the crème de la crème of previously loved designer clothes and that Byronesque is the prime source of authentic vintage—i.e., clothes over twenty years old—on the Web. Byronesque is a veritable vault of lust-worthy vintage wares by the likes of Azzedine Alaïa, Vivienne Westwood, Pierre Cardin, Thierry Mugler, and more. So naturally, when Linton invited me to a private viewing of the latest additions to the site—which will be available to stylists for shoots for the first time—last week, I scurried on over.

Buyers from the Met had beat me to the event and scooped up an original 1920s frock, an authentic 1980s Yohji Yamamoto bustle coat (famously snapped by Nick Knight), a rare white crucifix-embellished Alaïa, and a sculptural black-and-white Issey Miyake gown. “I do love when they go to good homes,” Linton said of the museum’s purchases. The Met’s interest in Linton’s finds is a testament to her well-trained eye and standout merchandise. And despite the museum’s informed acquisitions, there was still much in the collection to gawk at. A custom-made Alexander McQueen three-piece men’s suit (complete with his signature lock of hair), an almost uptown-apropos lemon Galliano frock (“Though you wouldn’t see quite this much fashion tit on the Upper East Side,” laughed Linton), and a 1990s warrior-inspired Comme des Garçons ensemble comprise just a sampling of what’s available. “This is what we call contemporary vintage,” explained Linton. “It’s different from being classic—classic is safe. But it’s relevant and wearable today, and nobody’s going to say you look like an extra in Downton Abbey or an Austin Powers movie.” To wit, one of Linton’s colleagues turned up to the soiree wearing shorts by Rick Owens, which were the spitting image of the vintage Armani “Wigger Shorts” that hung on the rack next to him.

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Many of the most covetable pieces, like a serious supermodel-era neon tweed bra, shorts, and jacket by Chanel; the abovementioned Issey Miyake look; a cracked leather McQueen coat; a sea foam tulle Yves Saint Laurent dress; and an iconic leopard-print Alaïa frock, are courtesy of two singular women: model Irina Pantaeva and pop star Cristina Monet. The former was a muse to Miyake, and was actually photographed by Irving Penn wearing the gown purchased by the Met. The latter was a post-punk music maven with a miniature waist and impeccable taste. Their clothes have stories behind them—not only because they were designed by icons, but because of the life these women gave them. And that life, along with the garments’ superior aesthetic and quality, is what Linton is selling. “I really want people to feel excited about these clothes and their past,” Linton told us. After thumbing through this selection, it’s hard not to be.

Byronesque’s latest offering will be available on the website next week, but to reserve your favorite piece ahead of the pack, e-mail personalshopper@byronesque.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Byronesque 

Shop The Look: Eyelet Awakening

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Eyelet

Though we’re hesitant to use the word “normcore,” our summer shopping list consists of pure, easy basics. Think straight-leg white jeans, crisp popover shirts, and the perfect flat sandal. Simplicity is the move. However, we’re also the first to admit that summer presents an opportunity to have fun with your wardrobe—who can say no to the bold colors, lush prints, and embellished bags to accent those sleek warm weather wares? Everyone needs balance in their lives, so for simple basics with a little something extra, we’re inspired by girly, retro eyelet styles. From a navy broderie skirt to a must-have laser-cut bag, the sweet design is a fun and youthful departure from the expected. Shop our favorite eyelet pieces by Alaia, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Madewell, and more, below.

1. MICHAEL Michael Kors eyelet-cotton top, $100, available at net-a-porter.com

2. Madewell oversized Hepcat shades, $55, available at madewell.com

3. Alexander McQueen bonded laser-cut cotton skirt, $4,088, available at matchesfashion.com

4. Tabitha Simmons floral Leticia sandal, $695, available at editorialist.com

5. Alaïa New Vienne laser-cut leather bucket bag, $1,365, available at matchesfashion.com

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