These days, the concept of “uniform dressing” typically applies to jeans, T-shirts, and white sneakers. But designers are riffing on a more literal kind of uniform for Fall: the military uniform. It’s been influencing fashion since at least since the ’60s, when John Lennon wore a M-65 and Yves Saint Laurent introduced his iconic Saharienne jacket. What’s different about the jackets we’ve seen this season (at Gucci, Burberry, Givenchy, and more) is that they seem plucked not from the army surplus store, but from 18th-century Britain and France. They’re crisp; strong-shouldered; and decorated with epaulettes, brass buttons, and rope trim, plus a few modern add-ons like crystals and bows for good measure. Continue Reading
Sarah Rutson wore pajamas from For Restless Sleepers at Milan fashion week this fall. PHOTO: DANIEL BRUNO GRANDL via WSJ
In 2015 at the Met Gala, Grace Coddington won all the awards by wearing a silk pajama set by Michael Kors, customed designed for the event. Later that evening, Coddington was pictured wearing her outfit at the airport, as if to better demonstrate that her ensemble of choice was both stylish and insanely practical for comfort. Now it appears that her sartorial choice is slowly infiltrating both the runway and streets. Boudoir elegance is one of the newest fashion trends to come out of the spring 2016 runway season. Matching pajama sets, little lace camis, pretty satin chemises—all the sartorial pieces typically reserved for the boudoir and in between the sheets are about to see the light of day for fall/winter 2015. We’ve seen teddies, chemises and even full-on pajamas on the runways of Celine and Balenciaga, to name a couple, which is very good news because: Hello, you get to wear your pajamas outside of the house! In between cozy knits, cuddle-worthy coats, and nightwear elements, designers have effectively captured all of our hibernation tendencies during winter (especially this one) with one collection. Pajama dressing may not be a novel concept, but this time around, the trend has been reimagined with modern silhouettes, luxe touches, and new layers. No need to wait until spring to pull off what could be the easiest, comfiest trend in recent memory. Street style stars have already endorsed the look by way of silk pajama sets and piped cotton night shirts (not to mention Gucci’s fur-lined slippers that editors and bloggers can’t seem to get enough of).
Rihanna on Ellen; Photo Courtsey of Kacey K Jewelry
When two of pop culture’s biggest names make the same style choice at the same time, you know something’s afoot.
On Feb. 12, at New York Fashion Week, singer Rihanna debuted her new fashion line, Fenty x Puma, a melding of edgy street style and provocative lace-up looks. After the last model left the catwalk, the designer emerged in an oversize winter hoodie to take a bow, her newly bobbed locks clearly visible. Fast forward to the Grammy Awards three days later as pop princess Taylor Swift swept onto the red carpet with a sleek blond bob, a look that instantly set the Internet ablaze.
Yes, the bob is back—this time with bangs and with six fresh variations that suggest the ultrashort cut might flatter anyone. Think model Katie Moore’s razor-sharp red, snipped into a wedge-like shape by backstage hairstylist Guido Palau at Alexander Wang. Peyton Knight, too, took the Palau plunge, exchanging her lash-skimming fringe for a twee set of baby bangs.
We’re spotting a new trend that you mettle with this season: the grommet. Typically, when one thinks of a grommet, industrial hardware pieces quickly come to mind. Usually in fashion, grommets are only used as fasteners on bag or on lace-up pieces (like those cute peek-a-boo bodysuits that have been cropping up everywhere ever since Givenchy showcased one in their SS14 show). While grommets are really just that, we see them being utilized in new ways in the design realm. We’ve already seen studs have their shining moment, adorning everything from footwear to jewelry, handbags to eyewear, even in housewares. But today it is all about the grommet. These little, metal grommet rings have been showing up with increasing frequency everywhere, adding high-glam shine to Tom Ford’s super-sexy stiletto boot or lending 10 Crosby by Derek Lam’s slouch-tastic tees an industrial edge. We also spotted these metal grommet rings in collections including Mugler, Marc Jacobs, Zimmerman, Herve Leger, Diesel Black Gold. Even designer Anthony Vaccarello incorporated the hardware into his pieces, but with a new play on the original shape (stars, anyone?). While Vaccarello designed star-shaped grommets, other designers played with the sizing and the placement on their garments. Herve Leger ornamented a pair of fishnet tights with small grommet embellishments down the front and center, adding a bit of flair to average leggings. The outerwear pieces at Marc were also covered with the silver grommet rings in varying sizes, further confirming that Fall 2015 is ready to embrace these metal embellishments. Grommets have been spotted not only on the runways and in the streets. For those of you who tend to gravitate towards industrial details, unique hardware and appreciate a more rough and tough aesthetic, we’ve selected a variety of shoppable products especially for you.