Man, it’s been a bad year for pants, hasn’t it? Leggings, jeggings, harem styles, the return of acid wash. And then there have been moments when trendsetters have eschewed them altogether. Further proof they’re in full-on teenage identity crisis mode? Trend de la Creme points to the latest wave of disturbing styles so brilliantly put as, “when a unicorn vomits below the belt.” Some examples: the attempted pop art designs from the Basso & Brooke spring 2010 collection, rainbow-happy panties for men, plus some Matthew Williamson draped trousers.
Identifying trends—even micro-trends—is a tough job. So we decided to fact-check the unicorn barf movement against a standard control for horrific trends: American Apparel. Our findings after the jump. [Trend de la Creme] Keep reading »
With New York Fashion Week over, fall trends have started to make themselves abundantly clear. And while some — like minimalist makeup and easy hair — we can get on board with, others require a bit more skepticism. For example, runways from Rag & Bone to Richard Chai sent models marching with pants under their skirts and dresses. While Susannah and Amelia are fans of this style, I remain on the fence, fearful that it often results in a look that’s more schlumpy than chic. That said, if the awesome stylists at Rag & Bone taught me anything, it’s that pants under a dress don’t necessarily have tomake you look like a hobo layering up for the winter. We’ve got a few tips to keep you looking cool, not confused. Keep reading »
Lauren Conrad showed up to a book signing for her second novel, Sweet Little Lies, wearing a pair of dressy shorts. Lauren’s totally on-trend according to what has been going down the runways of designers like Phillip Lim, and nicer-looking shorts are even in Alexa Chung’s line for Madewell, coming out this fall. But not everyone can agree on whether shorts can be dressed up enough to put them on par with, say, a skirt. Keep reading »
The last time we saw a crop top, it was on A.C. Slater, which doesn’t bode well from a fashion viewpoint. Now, it appears the crop top has officially come back in style. After seeing them all over the spring runways, it seems buyers have, well, bought into the look. We’re seeing examples at many of our favorite major retailers. Topshop, in fact, has gone crop-crazy: Their website now has an entire section devoted to the style. Thing is, we haven’t actually seen anyone rocking this look in real life. Have you? Maybe it’s just not warm enough yet.
Think crop tops are total crap? If not, how would you wear one? Midriff-baring or with a camisole underneath? [Topshop] Keep reading »
Can someone, for the love of God, please lay down some sort of mandate forbidding further production of “designer” logo tees? Just when we thought that particular trend of obnoxiously conspicuous consumption had faded safely into the ’90s, they’re popping up all over again. They bear names like YSL and Balenciaga with price tags around $250 and up. [FabSugar]
We don’t care how much money you have; it never makes sense to spend $300 on a cotton T-shirt when all you’re really buying is the name splattered across the front. It’s just tacky. Shut it down. Keep reading »
Out of all areas of fashion, denim is perhaps the least predictable. Back in 2003, would you even dream of wearing non-flared jeans? (Back then, asking for a straight leg cut might as well have been asking to go shopping in your mom’s closet.) And just when you thought that baggy could never, ever be “da bomb” again, boyfriend jeans came back in full force last year. And acid wash as glorified by American Apparel? Apparently, that wasn’t a joke.
With some new spring arrivals, we’re now wondering if the “baby boot cut” with heels combo is about to make it back into the mainstream …
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Bunny-eared hair accessories have made quite an artistic impression this year, but even when the trend trickled down to affordable mass retailers like Topshop, they remained novelty items. Which, aside from being a relief, isn’t a surprise. Raise your hand if you’re actually going to wear some stylish bunny ears on a day when it’s not Halloween. Bueller? Point made.
But, something that is more realistic to find on the heads of real people? Animal-eared hats. Keep reading »
It looks like some of the most criticized trends of fall—jeggings and harem pants—are sticking around this spring for another go. Browsing through new merchandise on some of our favorite retailers, we noticed that these styles were widely available, and, in some cases, more prevalent than before. As for harem pants, we assume that Alexander Wang‘s football collection had something to do with the drop-crotch staying in style, and becoming transposed into sweatpants. Over at Shopbop, you’ll find many of these offerings, which appear to be marketed less as a harem cut, and more as an athletic-chic style. Oak‘s merchandise, however, glorifies the baggy pant as a high-fashion item. Perhaps the most surprising is the availability of jeggings—denim leggings—at Saks. We counted over 20 pairs, and from some surprising makers. While there were styles from trend-happy labels we’d expect like C&C, Juicy Couture, and Joe’s Jeans, we also came across offerings from some more sophisticated brands like Rag & Bone and Alice and Olivia. We have to admit, when these stretchy pants haven’t gone acid-wash crazy, and just have a nice dark color and simple lines … they’re not half bad. Dare we say that we might actually consider getting in on the jeggings trend if the wares were more classy?
What do you think of the return of these trends this spring? Keep reading »
At first glance, we thought Sophia Bush was just rocking some major bracelet bling at a Golden Globes party, but when we looked closer (and were subsequently blinded), we realized she’s in fact carrying a jeweled clutch. Not since the days of Big and Carrie have the designs of Judith Leiber been so unfashionably fashionable. But if we’ve learned anything from SJP, it’s that you (or mainly just her) can resuscitate a trend in an instant if it’s styled the right way. So, are these shiny cases about to make a comeback?
What do you think about jeweled clutches? Snobby and stuffy or evening bag-tastic? [FabSugar] Keep reading »
Louis Vuitton’s now-famous bunny ears retail for about $335, which, given that you have to tie them yourself, is a bit steep for us. To remedy the situation, Topshop has just knocked them off at a lower price ($36!) and with a more convenient headband attachment. Yes, this remains a particularly ridiculous accessory, but they’re at least good for a costume…or a day when you’re feeling mischievous and know that work is going to be particularly boring. [Refinery 29] Keep reading »