We have bitched and moaned about peplums for nearly as long as we’ve been doing red carpet coverage–they bother us for a number of reasons, namely that they tend to be awkward, bulky and unflattering on women in the actual corporeal world (as opposed to the fantastical creatures forged at fashion week and paraded down the runway) and because they look so pointless. Just a bunch of unnecessary fabric, engulfing the wearer, serving no visual purpose. No wonder Kim Kardashian loves them.
…But looks like we better start loving them too, because if the current NYFW runways are any indication, they’re not going away anytime soon. Here’s what to expect from the trend next Spring. More
Another year of crop tops…? More
We know that designers often imagine a specific kind of woman for each collection–but who is the woman that wears head-to-toe white? And, judging by the amount of solid white columns on the runways, they must think she’s out there in droves.
Let’s have a look at the permanent Spring trend–and, as fresh and alluring as many appear, just keep in mind the coffee stains… More
You’ve probably noticed a proliferation of yeti arms in recent seasons… and, if the Fall 2012 runways are to be believed, they show no signs of slowing. However, one thing we noticed at the NYFW shows was the enormous variety of sleeves. Obviously, they’re going to be a staple for Fall (it’s chilly, after all) but they won’t be your garden variety arm covering: designers like Thakoon, Peter Som, and Rodarte showed unexpected proportions… while known minimalists like Nariso Rodriguez played around with surprising volume. More
Since bringing you proof of the bonafide trend post-NYFW, I realized that if designers like Doo.Ri, Cynthia Rowley, and Cushnie et Ochs are getting all up in that leather, then maybe I can pull it off too. Here are my reasons to start loving the leather dress.
Fashion Week happened, as you know, and now we begin the pick-up part of the season, where we root through the collections and decipher trends in color, texture, print, silhouette, etc. One Fall-appropriate hit: leather, especially dresses. They were tight and sexy at Cushnie et Ochs, cool and voluminous at Cynthia Rowley and surprisingly ladylike at Rachel Comey. They cropped up at Peter Som, Thakoon, even Marc Jacobs did a few.
A leather dress will go great with the rest of your urban warrior costume but… aren’t they still really sweaty? And they bunch in such unflattering ways! And it’s hard to pull off a heavy texture like that. Here’s a few of the different styles we saw at NYFW, let us know if you’ll be headed that direction next Fall.
“Dark and moody” go the unsurprising fall color trends at NYFW: covering the runways were muted shades of midnight, plum, and the reigning combination of black and blue. …But just when you thought it was all very bleak and Fall-appropriate… bright, fuck-off, electric reds came down the runway. Absolutely no one had his finger on this pulse better than Jason Wu, whose collection was almost exclusively shadowy shades of blue, wine and blinding red. Here are the colors to keep your eyes on for Fall 2012. More
Michelle Obama turns 48 today, so first off, happy birthday! On account of the First Lady having such a bold, unique and refreshing sense of style, we went to the trouble of selecting her 10 best looks. This was a challenge! Let us know what we forgot. In looks from Alexander McQueen, Jason Wu, Thakoon, Rodarte, Lanvin and more. More
I’m not sure that you or anyone you know will be persuaded by these runway-dominating looks, but the fact of the matter is this: fashion week was all about peplums, cutouts and–the cutout’s occasionally awkward sibling–cold shoulders. Let’s look at the evidence. More
Here’s a runway trend that may present some trouble in translation: for Spring 2012, designers have updated last year’s gray trend with some more assertive shades. Up on our thumbnail there, we have from left to right: peachy hues at … More
It always feels a little weird for summer to end, for fall to gear up and… here’s the fashion press all agape at bright prints on the Spring runways. Spring is the time for prints, of course, and non more than the floral variety, but here’s the current twist on a season-standard: Hawaiian. Yes, the formerly dorky print of choice for stoner Dads and hungover frat bros is getting revamped this season as something a little more downtown. Opening Ceremony wins this round for being so far ahead of the curve. More
It’s getting hot! It’s getting so unbearably hot that one can no longer just throw on a dress, black tights and a cool jacket for every occasion. …One has to think a little more critically. So, here’s our picks for excellent summer activites: cocktail parties, BBQs, mini golf and picnic dates (assuming people still do that). More
What is a sleeve-scarf? It’s Rocket Babies plus an infinity scarf. Learn about it. -Styleite
Talking with the brains behind A.P.C. about… quilt making? -The Inside Source
See the Kardashian baby using a cane. -Betty Confidential
Not sure where Thakoon was going with these leggings. -The Frisky
Paris Fashion Week trends that we don’t understand: snakeskin shoes. -Fashionista
Inter-species friendships. -MyDaily More
Another trend from Fall 2011 at NYFW: the peplum. The retro shape is nothing more than a hip-rounding overskirt that can be affixed to jackets, dresses and skirts. It would be your standard issue “dainty retro femininity” but this year, designers like Thakoon and Proenza Schouler were feeling something a little different. More