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July 29 2014

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From Beach To Street, Swimsuits Make the Ready-to-Wear Crossover

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Now TrendingThe lines between swim and ready-to-wear are blurrier than ever these days. This season, we’ve witnessed tastemakers replacing still-happening crop tops with functional yet stylish suits meant to be worn at the beach and off of it. Swapping out your underwear for your bikini isn’t necessarily new—particularly if you’ve ever been a few days behind on laundry—but designers are now emphasizing underpinnings as a key part of the total look. Resort found the likes of Rosetta Getty and Fendi’s Karl Lagerfeld layering triangle tops under silk shirtdresses and mesh vests, while high-waisted briefs turned up at Louis Vuitton, Mary Katrantzou, and Agnona. Sporty bandeaus, meanwhile, proved to be popular among the likes of Alexander Wang, Prabal Gurung, and Preen.

Here, a slideshow of swimsuits making the ready-to-wear crossover.

EXCLUSIVE: Watch Balenciaga Resort ’15 in Action

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Alexander Wang’s sailboat-inspired Resort ’15 Balenciaga collection, which cruised down the runway in New York yesterday, marked the designer’s first full year at the storied house. “At the beginning, it was about the idea of architectural forms and symmetry, the 360-degree view,” Wang told Style.com’s Nicole Phelps backstage. “Here, I wanted to work with asymmetry, cutting more fluidly.” What better way to understand Wang’s “fluid” vision than watching it float down the runway? See the nautical milestone collection in motion here, exclusively on Style.com.

EXCLUSIVE: Alexander Wang Brings Back Saucy Stripper and SNL Legend Mango for His Latest Flick

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Saturday Night Live is still funny and all, but I can’t help but miss the days of Chris Kattan and his sassy character Mango, who sexed up the show between 1997 and 2002. An irresistible beret-wearing exotic dancer, Mango seduced everyone from Gwyneth Paltrow and Ben Affleck to Ellen DeGeneres and J.Lo during his time on the program. “You can’t have-a-da-Mango!” he’d scream at the end of each skit, slapping his gold lamé hot-pants-clad caboose. Well, the SNL star has made an exception for the one and only Alexander Wang, who convinced Kattan to bring back the sprightly stripper for his latest T by Alexander Wang video. “I’ve always loved Mango’s character from SNL, and to be able to work with [Kattan] was such an honor,” Wang told Style.com. “Sometimes when fashion becomes too stiff, it’s great to have someone such as Mango come through and inject a new burst of energy. Having fun and a sense of humor is so important to me that when I’m able to incorporate it into my work, I run with it,” he added of the flick, which also features a musical component and stars rapper-cum-choreographer Sharaya J. This project follows Wang’s 2013 short, a comedy sketch that saw Anjelah Johnson revive her peeingly funny (and always unhelpful) MadTV character Bon Qui Qui. Kattan has a lot to live up to, but somehow, we think Mango will manage.

A teaser for Wang’s Mango film debuts exclusively here. And don’t forget to tune into Wang’s website and social media platforms on June 3 to see the full sketch.

Shop the Look: Rock On

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Rock On

Leave it to Alexander Wang to make geology cool. His debut collection for Balenciaga sent models down a cool Carrera marble runway in matching marble-swirled tops, pants, and even fur jackets. Needless to say, a trend was born. Ever since, we’ve been drawn to raw stones and natural prints for everything from chunky jewelry to our home décor. And with summer on the horizon, we’re searching for statement-making turquoise pieces, too; it’s the one color that never goes out of style. Rest assured we’ll leave no stone unturned this season. Shop our favorite rocky wares by Robert Rodriguez, Nina Ricci, Thierry Lasry, and more, below.

1. Nina Ricci double stone ring, $525, available at shopbop.com

2. Thierry Lasry thick-rimmed sunglasses, $360, available at farfetch.com

3. Robert Rodriguez Carrara-print silk dress, $720, available at matchesfashion.com

4. Tibi Amber heel, $375, available at tibi.com

5. Michael Kors Channing gold-tone stainless steel watch, $250, available at net-a-porter.com

Photo: Courtesy Photo 

Fashion Falls for the Wild West All Over Again

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VERSACEWhen Karl Lagerfeld rounded up the fashion set in Dallas for Chanel’s rodeo of a Métiers d’Arts show back in December, sending all manner of Lone Star-inspired embroideries and fringed suede (not to mention a Chanel No. 5 holster) down the runway, we figured we’d see a Western revival. Just weeks later, both Alexander Wang and Fausto Puglisi featured city-ready cowgirl boots in their respective Pre-Fall lineups. Not long after that, Donatella Versace went maverick with her Fall menswear collection, which boasted updated chaps, bolo ties, and sharp suits embellished with horseshoe, cactus, and sheriff’s badge motifs. And don’t forget Ralph Lauren. An original pioneer of the frontier style, he put his Polo women’s collection on the catwalk for the first time, and trotted out serape blanket coats and prairie skirts. The Americana movement has taken hold in the streets, too, with models such as Hanne Gaby Odiele incorporating old-school bandannas into their off-duty wardrobes. Stetsons and 10-gallon hats, meanwhile, have become a phenomenon in their own right: The wide-brimmed toppers have replaced fedoras as hipsters’ headwear of choice. But fashion isn’t the only industry romanticizing the Wild West. A new wave of Western flicks (including Tommy Lee Jones’ The Homesman, which debuted at Cannes over the weekend) will hit theaters this year.

Here, a slideshow of Western-inspired looks.