July 29 2014

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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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What Should This Year’s Other A-List Brides Wear On Their Wedding Days?


Spring is usually the season for long white dresses. So why all the ivory gowns on the Fall runways? We’re chalking it up to royal wedding fever. It’s just over two weeks until Kate Middleton walks down the aisle, and while it isn’t likely that Prince William’s betrothed will do it in any of these dresses (she seems poised to follow in time-honored royal footsteps and choose something more conservative), there are other high-profile, fashion-loving brides tying the knot later this year. Kate Moss and Lily Aldridge are marrying their musician boyfriends Jamie Hince and Caleb Followill, respectively, and we could see those catwalkers rocking one of these frocks. You? Click for a slideshow and let us know.

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David Bowie: Do You See His Influence?


It’s been a golden year for David Bowie references on the runways. Dries Van Noten and Lanvin‘s Lucas Ossendrijver channeled DB’s Thin White Duke persona at the Fall 2011 men’s shows, as did Richard Nicoll at his Spring women’s presentation back in September. And the pop star’s 1983 flick, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, proved inspirational to Roland Mouret’s latest Mr. collection. But a stroll through the archives indicates that it was always thus, and it’s not just his satin jumpsuits, sharp-shouldered jackets, and jaunty hats that have influenced men’s and women’s fashion. If you look closely, you’ll notice he was rocking the no-eyebrow look way back in 1973.

Click for a slideshow and let us know if you see the connections between runway and real life (if we can apply such a mundane term to rock’s greatest chameleon). And while we’re at it, did we miss any of your favorite Bowie fashion moments?