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David Bowie: Do You See His Influence?

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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 Style.com 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?

What To Wear When You’re Expecting A Baby…And A Gold Statue, Too

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The Golden Globes are this Sunday and the Oscars will be here in a flash, which means the red-carpet speculation has begun in earnest at Style.com’s offices. From what we’ve witnessed at our pre-fall appointments, the A-lister every designer is angling to dress seems to be Best Actress nom—and expectant mom—Natalie Portman. How else to account for the return of the empire waist, as seen on Valentino‘s long and lacy black gown (left)? We can’t say for certain that Marion Cotillard, Jennifer Connelly, or Penélope Cruz will be showing off their baby bumps in the coming weeks, but if they do, body-skimming halter gowns from Derek Lam and Reem Acra are two flattering and comfortable options. On the other hand, a bit of flash is always welcome, and Peter Dundas’ neo-hippie number for Emilio Pucci would look great on a wild child with child—Kate Hudson, we’re talking to you.

Click for a slideshow, and let us know how you think expectant celebs should accessorize their bumps on the red carpet.

Photo: Courtesy of Valentino

Will You Borrow Button-Ups From The Boys?

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It’s a new year, and what better way to wipe the slate clean than with a crisp white men’s shirt? For Spring, designers focused on classic sportswear, and they put that perennial favorite, the button-up, front-row and center. At Akris and Dries Van Noten, seriously oversized shirts—worn as a day dress and over a sequined skirt, respectively—riffed on the borrowed-from-the-boyfriend look. Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren based their entire collection on the men’s shirt, though in typical V&R fashion, the results were anything but basic: A cuffed oxford paired with black pants seemed simple enough from the front, but it turned out to have a cascading train in back. There were also plenty of more straightforward options, including Michael Kors‘ untucked take. With so many designers embracing the timeless trend this season, maybe we can live out our Mad Men fantasy (well, one of them, anyway) and keep a stack of pressed shirts in our desk drawer—just like Don Draper.

Click for a slideshow, and let us know if you think men’s shirts are fresh again for the new year.

Photo: Monica Feudi / GoRunway.com

How Do You Take Your Metallics?

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Nothing says New Year’s Eve like a look-at-me metallic dress, and Spring gave us plenty of glittery possibilities. We wouldn’t have any issues finding a suitor to smooch at the stroke of midnight if we looked like Britt Maren did in Donna Karan‘s marbleized copper silk. Ditto Shena Moulton in Thakoon‘s thigh-grazing electric python dress. But the real eye-opener this season was the way designers cut the shiny stuff into wearable looks that aren’t just for after dark. Paired with an easy flannel shirt and Western belt, Ralph Lauren‘s silver tinsel skirt delivers a bit of flash with a dose of informality. Tory Burch, left, hit the same note with lamé pants and a baja jacket.

Click for a slideshow, and let us know how you plan to shine in the new year.

Photo: Courtesy of Tory Burch

Macramé: Knotty Or Nice?

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For most of us, macramé conjures up images of hemp-loving hippies, not the master of minimalism herself, Phoebe Philo. But Spring found the Celine designer channeling the festival set with woven vests and jackets. And she wasn’t alone. “Macramé is effortless,” said Catherine Malandrino, who knotted thin strips of leather into a linen T-shirt. Easy, yes, but not undone. At Gucci and Emilio Pucci, handiwork and magpie embellishments decorated bold evening looks for an effect that was far from folksy. And it doesn’t get any more fab than Roberto Cavalli‘s “Ultravixens of Glamazonia,” as we called them in our review.

Click here for a slideshow and let us know if you’re feeling knotty for Spring.