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The 15 Stylish Looks Most Liked by Our Readers This Week

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062714_Look_Of_The_Day_Roundup_BLOG[1]Every day we ask Style.com readers to weigh in on the latest trends. Whether it’s overalls, floral prints, or graphic tees, we trust you to make the call in our Look of the Day poll. With Resort and menswear shows in full swing this week, we’ve been spoiled with new trends to try. On Monday, our eyes were on crisp, all-white ensembles. It was no surprise that Edie Campbell’s sporty Hugo Boss Resort look won top prize—think of it as normcore at its finest. Narciso Rodriguez, Derek Lam, Rosie Assoulin, and dozens more are in favor of head-to-toe ivory as well. On Tuesday, we saw short shorts make a comeback for both women and men. Mary Katrantzou showed her trademark eye-catching prints on high-waisted, up-to-there mini shorts. Even the boys can try out the trend next season: At Calvin Klein Collection, Italo Zucchelli layered cropped neon shorts over longer boxer briefs. On Wednesday, we got into the Shark Week spirit with Jaws-inspired looks. Theophilus London performed at Philipp Plein’s Spring ’15 menswear show last Saturday on the back of a Jet Ski and sported an appropriate shark-embroidered vest (above). Mark your calendars—Shark Week premieres August 10 on Discovery Channel.

Which looks won your vote this week? Click here to see all of the winners and a week’s worth of style inspiration.

Resort ’15: Highs and Polos

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poloWhether or not you live according to The Official Preppy Handbook or have strong opinions about popped collars, if you’ve been following the Resort collections, you’ll recognize that designers are championing polos in a major way. Of course, the ones they’re showing are anything but basic. Jason Wu paired a clingy knit style with a slit pencil skirt to sexy effect, while Derek Lam riffed on the sporty staple by adding military-inspired epaulets at the shoulders. A pair of sunny yellow piqué looks turned up at Reed Krakoff and Band of Outsiders, and Nicolas Ghesquière sent a flashy lamé version down his Louis Vuitton Cruise runway. Polos are turning up in the streets, too, on tastemakers like David Beckham and Rihanna, who was spotted courtside at a Clippers basketball game in Céline’s ribbed Spring ’14 dress. Take it from RiRi, you can and should mess with a classic.


Here, a slideshow of stylish polos.

Required Reading: Parsons The New School for Design Releases Its First Book

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Mazdack Rassi, Simon CollinsNostalgic Parsons designers rubbed elbows among alumni old and new at Milk Studios last night in celebration of the design school’s first book. One would think that all those featured in The School of Fashion: 30 Parsons Designers were star pupils, but Anna Sui wasn’t one of them. Inside the crowded room, the designer confessed to her less-than-scholarly ways. “Being 18 and living in New York City with no parental guidance, I wasn’t a good student,” confessed Sui. But it was a fun time, she admitted.

Working her way around the room, Behnaz Sarafpour correctly named all of the designers whose sketches hung along the walls—including her own, drawn on a cocktail napkin. Sarafpour later reunited with fellow alum Reed Krakoff who, like her, once interned with Narciso Rodriguez. The two stood in front of a wall of black-and-white portraits opposite Proust questionnaires that asked designers Alexander Wang, Derek Lam, and Jason Wu the following: “What fictional character do you most identify with?” and “Who are your heroes in real life?” For Chris Benz, who was in attendance, the answers included Tom Sawyer and Martha Stewart, respectively.

“When I realized there hadn’t been a book written, I figured it’d be crazy not to,” said Simon Collins, the school’s dean of fashion, who hosted the event along with Milk’s Mazdack Rassi. The new tome includes thirty designer-dedicated chapters with a host of vibrant illustrations, photographs, and introspective quotes taken from exclusive interviews conducted over the past year. Part of the proceeds from sales will benefit scholarships for Parsons students.

While upping the school’s fashion cred ranks high on Collins’ to-do list, the dean was quick to boast that crafting the book was good for all involved. “I mean, the designers loved it,” offered Collins. “They can show their mums.”

The School of Fashion: 30 Parsons Designers is published by Assouline. Available at select bookstores or online at assouline.com.

Photo: Lola Haze/BFAnyc.com 

The Split-Second Preview: Derek Lam

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The Fall ’14 Ready-to-Wear collections are under way in New York, and will be followed by the shows in London, Milan, and Paris. Before the new clothes hit the runway, we’ve asked some of the most anticipated names to offer a sneak peek. Per usual, it’s a busy time for all—designers and fashion followers alike—so we’re continuing our split-second previews: tweet-length at 140 characters or less. Our entire collection of Fall ’14 previews is available here.

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WHO: Derek Lam

WHERE: New York

WHEN: Sunday, February 9

WHAT: “Color Field.”—Derek Lam. The designer sent us a detail shot of a Fall ’14 look, above.

Photo: Courtesy of Derek Lam

Onda Asks Designers to Make a Difference

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Onda

Two years ago, Dossier editor Erin Dixon took a step away from the life of writing, editing, and consulting to take a seminar with nonprofit Safe Horizon. “[The focus] was about their work in shelters for women who had been in abusive home situations,” explained Dixon, noting that, oftentimes, the women who come to these shelters arrive with just the clothes on their back. The seminar also happened to coincide with New York fashion week. “It was an interesting contrast—but not necessarily a bad one,” she related. “It made me see things in a different light: There are so many tools within the industry that can be used to help people.”

And so were strewn the early seeds of Foundation Onda, a new nonprofit (named Onda—”wave” in Italian—to represent a positive ripple effect) that asks designers to donate surplus beauty and wellness supplies (e.g., gift bag extras like stray shampoos, lipsticks, or lotions that showgoers often leave behind) to Safe Horizon. This request did not fall on deaf ears—Donna Karan, Derek Lam, Narciso Rodriguez, and Ralph Rucci are just a few of the designers who have signed on to help.

Onda, which will launch during New York fashion week, asks only that participants donate a single item to its cause. “Obviously, we’re so happy to get more donations from a designer,” said Dixon, “but we’re also happy to get one donation. It’s about being in the moment and looking at something and saying, ‘Even if this one object just makes it a little bit better, it’s worth doing rather than doing nothing.’”

Some designers, however, are taking it a bit further, giving a scarf, an accessory, even ready-to-wear to Onda. “One of the things that the [representative] at Safe Horizon said to me was that women there, when they get items like this, really feel like they’re part of society again,” explained Dixon. “They’re part of the normal world. They’re not marginalized in this other subcategory. They’re joining the population. And that’s so exciting and beautiful.”

For more information, visit www.foundationonda.org.

Photo: Courtesy of Onda