August 29 2014

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Are You Ready For Chokers?


It’s time to put away those dangling pendants and dainty chains. For Fall, designers are hot under their collars for fierce, face-framing choker necklaces. Whether they came with door knocker-sized ornaments like Lanvin‘s, Wilma Flintstone-esque pebbled jewels à la Bottega Veneta, or in fetish-y leather as they did at Emanuel Ungaro, it was all about achieving a snug fit that sits atop the collarbone. And chokers aren’t just for the runways. Street-style fixture Taylor Tomasi Hill repped a Masai-inspired number during fashion week, and we spied our industry crush Virginie Mouzat wearing her gold necklet in Moscow.

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Would You Wear A Dress Slit Way Up-To-There?


Between the Fall runway shows and Monday night’s Costume Institute Ball—think Ashley Olsen in vintage Dior or Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Burberry—the upper-leg area hasn’t gotten so much attention since Suzanne Somers’ ThighMaster heyday. “We wanted to do something fun,” said Jason Wu of the hip-high slit on the skirt he made for Diane Kruger’s march up the Met’s steps. While most designers go straight for red-carpet appeal with sky-high slashes, Joseph Altuzarra and Jonathan Saunders whipped up slightly more casual takes on the look at their February shows. Trust us, though, they’re still guaranteed to keep the flashbulbs popping.

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Are You Mad For Plaid, Too?


Seems the whole world is hung up on the royal wedding, but here at, we’ve got McQueen fever. (The Costume Institute’s exhibit, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, opens next week.) And we couldn’t help noticing that the Fall runways were blanketed in tartan, a motif that held a totemic appeal for McQueen dating back to his 1995 Highland Rape collection. While plaid is nothing new (just take a stroll down Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg), designers are kicking the classic pattern up a notch. At Rag & Bone, David Neville and Marcus Wainwright paired a fringed kilt with a white leather bomber, while Carven‘s Guillaume Henry showed a long-sleeved shift in the stuff with nude lace accents at the bust for added intrigue. Combining different checks is a surefire attention grabber—Oscar de la Renta cut a curve-hugging evening gown in a patchworked plaid print, and a girl wearing mismatched tartan caught Tommy Ton‘s eye in the Tuileries.

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Is Gender-Neutral Fashion The Future?


Plenty of celebs were snapped at Coachella last weekend, but the picture that got the most play was the one of Kanye West in women’s Spring 2011 Celine. Our first thought: Was Dan Gainor notified? (Gainor, in case you missed “Toemaggedon,” is one of the conservative media critics who criticized J.Crew’s Jenna Lyons for painting her son’s toes pink, calling it “gender-bending.”) Our second: You gotta give Kanye credit; he’s got great taste in girls’ clothes. He’s not alone. Lately, we’ve noticed a lot of men sporting women’s runway looks. Take Andrew Mukamal, current sittings assistant at Seventeen and former employee of Kelly Cutrone, and wearer of Balenciaga and Proenza Schouler. “It’s pretty simple,” he said, explaining his interest in fashion designed for the opposite sex. “Women have more options. Their collections explore different shapes, fabrics, prints, colors, proportions. Menswear collections don’t go there.” Some women might beg to differ, though. On the flip side, we’ve recently noticed a few fashionable girls succumbing to the allure of a well-cut men’s jacket, starting with Anna Dello Russo in Umit Benan and Taylor Tomasi Hill in Comme des Garçons.

CLICK FOR A SLIDESHOW of our favorite girl-for-boy and boy-for-girl pics, and let us know if we missed anyone.


A New Glittering Era?


Sequins? So last year. But that doesn’t mean the Fall runways weren’t a sea of shimmer, and we’re not just talking about party clothes. Alexander Wang and Marc Jacobs showed Lurex-shot separates for day—sparkly stovepipes and zip-up hoodies, respectively. Those have serious It potential, and so do Miuccia Prada’s glinting, glitter-dipped ankle-strap heels at Miu Miu. A personal favorite? The metallic blush pink pantsuit that Caroline Brasch Nielsen rocked on Peter Copping’s Nina Ricci catwalk.

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