Spring 2017 Runway Trend: Fallen Shoulder

Posted 7 February 2017 at 11:24 PM | Comments (0)

Bare shoulders have seen a lot of daylight, as halter, off-shoulder, and cold shoulder tops have made it to every trend guide in recent years. I suspected that the next big thing would be one-shoulder, but its direction has taken me by surprise.

It’s not the clean, deliberately asymmetrical, one-shoulder look that I was wearing in the late 1990s or early 2000s. It’s messier, off-kilter. It doesn’t look like it was planned by the designer as much as it looks like it was unplanned by the wearer. Like, “Whoopsie, the wind keeps exposing my shoulder! Oh well, hee hee.” If you look closely, it is obvious that these tops were designed for exposure, but at a glance, you would never know. They give the impression of an unintentional fallen shoulder.

Some of you may think this trend is reminiscent of the 1980s. However, back then, the fallen shoulder look was more casual. Some of these looks, on the other hand, are crisp, structured, or businesslike. They’re buttoned-up shirts gone rogue.

From Victoria Beckham, Self-Portrait, Tome, and Monse:

Spring 2017 Runway Fashion Trend: Fallen Shoulder, One Shoulder, Asymmetric Shoulder

Some of the looks were no more than pretty tops hanging off the shoulder, which I might be able to pull off in an age-appropriate way. That will be determined at a later date. Like maybe after snowmaggedon.

From Prabal Gurung, Chloé, Tome, and CG:

Spring 2017 Runway Fashion Trend: Fallen Shoulder, One Shoulder, Asymmetric Shoulder

The dresses really struck me. Designers went for one cold shoulder, or one lost sleeve. Again, for a moment, you don’t realize that these looks are intentional. You want to hand the woman a safety pin.

From Tibi, Hellessy, Vetements, and Self-Portrait:

Spring 2017 Runway Fashion Trend: Fallen Shoulder, One Shoulder, Asymmetric Shoulder

Even in evening wear, shoulders were falling. I honestly don’t think I could pull this off. Maybe I could if I was a model going to the clubs in NYC, but otherwise a cocktail dress with one fallen shoulder reads hot mess. Not to say I don’t like the look… because I actually might.

From Brock Collection, Prabal Gurung, Rodarte, and Victoria Beckham:

Spring 2017 Runway Fashion Trend: Fallen Shoulder, One Shoulder, Asymmetric Shoulder

And there you have it. My first runway post in over a year. If things go as planned, I will have a big, trend-research project coming up, which means more runway trends are coming your way. I swear this hasn’t turned into a renovation blog.

“We Need to Talk About Your Flair”

Posted 14 September 2015 at 8:20 PM | Comments (0)

I’ve fully converted to the flared leg. I don’t even like my skinnies anymore. In fact, I kind of want every pair of my skinnies to die (unless I buy a pair of over-the-knee boots, in which case they can live to see another season).

I love how my flares give everything a more relaxed, Bohemian vibe, unlike my skinnies, which give a sleeker, rocker look. I am finally ready to welcome this sartorial transition. Bring on the flares and wide-legs! It’s time!

Black Flared Jeans with Burgundy Fringe-Sleeved Top

Today I’m wearing my black flared jeans from Forever 21 and burgundy fringe-sleeved top from Piperlime (RIP). Notice the gray hairs around my temples. They weren’t included the last time I drew myself.

Skinny Neckties at Chloé Pre-Fall 2015

Posted 5 August 2015 at 11:35 PM | Comments (0)

Chloé presented one of my favorite pre-fall collections. I really want to replicate the skinny necktie look and just need to figure out how I am going to do it. With ribbon? Or sew my own? I only have a couple of blouses that this would work for, but I am determined.

Skinny Neckties at Chloe Pre-Fall 2015

Skinny Neckties at Chloe Pre-Fall 2015

Skinny Neckties at Chloe Pre-Fall 2015

*Images from Style.com.

Teardrop Earrings

Posted 3 August 2015 at 11:11 PM | Comments (0)

Bohemia always rises again in the fashion world, and to be perfectly honest, I wasn’t ready for its return this time around. I had been enjoying the mod, the minimalism, and the normcore of recent seasons; they felt fresh to me. For the new Bohemia, it felt too soon.

Then, last spring, I bought a pair of black flared jeans and a rust-colored peasant blouse and never wanted to take them off. I came around. Really came around. I have now spent the entire summer in sweeping, glamorous, printed maxi dresses and am already planning my Bohemian purchases for the fall.

All how to accessorize all of those new purchases? With a pair of teardrop earrings. Time to put away my minimalist studs and go all out with my Bohemian look. For fall 2015, my favorites are beaded.

Teardrop Earrings

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An LBD with Asymmetry

Posted 20 August 2014 at 3:33 PM | Comments (0)

I am rarely a proponent of the Little Black Dress. There’s nothing inherently wrong with the concept, but I love color too much. Yet lately, as designers continue to gravitate toward neutral colors and simpler silhouettes, my devotion to color is gently waning.

Pieces that have especially caught my eye are this black Osman jumpsuit from the spring 2014 runway, and this black dress that Karlie Kloss wore to the Vogue Foundation Gala on July 11. Both are a kind of simple LBD but with an eye-catching dose of asymmetry.

Osman Spring 2014 Runway Black Jumpsuit with Cutout

Karlie Kloss July 11, 2014 Vogue Foundation Gala Little Black Dress

Cat Power

Posted 4 November 2013 at 8:44 PM | Comments (0)

In 2012 it was fish, and in 2011, fruit. If I had to pick a cheeky motif for 2013, it would be kitties.

By now you’ve seen one of many A-list celebrities wearing Charlotte Olympia’s kitty flats, but now designers everywhere are scratching the cat post.

I know house cats are not the sexiest animal, but this trend has a retro girlishness that appeals to me. I like it best when it’s in graphic black and white.

Fall 2013 Fashion Trend: Kitty Cats

Cool Mints and Hot Corals

Posted 14 April 2013 at 3:33 PM | Comments (0)

It seems like everything I’m coveting these days is in one of these two trendy hues.

Spring 2013 Fashion Trend: Cool Mints and Hot Corals

But I’m trying to avoid “proceeding to checkout” because we are… drum roll, please… moving back to the U.S.! So I don’t want excess baggage. It’s kind of an anticlimax Not Shopping after a year of Not Shopping, but I’m convinced this is space-saving measure is the right thing to do.

Spring 2013 Runway Trend: Snakeskin

Posted 18 February 2013 at 11:05 PM | Comments (0)

It’s ironic that the most fashion-forward item in my closet is a twelve year-old pair of shoes. They’re snakeskin, they’re designer, and they’re sentimental—I bought them for my first professional job out of college, interning at a magazine in New York City.

I don’t wear them much these days. Being a stay-at-home mom doesn’t really call for snakeskin stilettos (though I wish it did). However, the snakeskin trend on Spring 2013 runways made me want to take them out and dust them off!

The thing about snakeskin this time around is that it’s not as sleek or as punk rock as it was in the early 00s. This time, it’s kind of… eccentric. I don’t mean that in a bad way. The juxtaposition of oddball and pretty is so very refreshing.

See what I mean below.

Python with Florals and Lace
From Holly Fulton, Erdem, and Preen.

Spring 2013 Runway Fashion Trend: Snakeskin with Florals and Lace

Patchwork Python
From Proenza Schouler, Erdem, and Preen.

Spring 2013 Runway Fashion Trend: Patchwork Snakeskin

Python and Blue Hues
From Gucci, Jeremy Scott, and Erdem.

Spring 2013 Runway Fashion Trend: Snakeskin with Blue Hues

I pulled a few quotes from Christa D’Souza’s article on snakeskin for The Edit, because they’re so helpful when thinking about how to wear this wild print:

“As a pattern it’s hypnotic, the perfect counterpart to lace, DayGlo color or even denim.”

“What we are talking about is accents: using python as a vehicle to urbanize a look that might otherwise come across as girly or bland.”

“Just keep the image of an aging rock chick in mind as a warning, and you’ll be fine.”

Spring 2013 Runway Trend: Checks

Posted 9 February 2013 at 10:00 PM | Comments (0)

There are two patterns that inevitably make me think of royal jesters: checks, and vertical stripes. Both were huge hits on Spring 2013 runways.

I’ll get to vertical stripes another time. Meanwhile, “check” out the varying checkerboard scales from Balmain, Alexandre Herchcovitch, House of Holland, and Acne Studios:

Spring 2013 Runway Fashion Trend: Checkerboard Pattern

And then… there was Louis Vuitton. There was only one message—checks—and it was wildly satisfying. Here are some of my favorites from the hip-to-be-square collection:

Spring 2013 Runway Fashion Trend: Louis Vuitton Check Pattern

I can’t mention the Louis Vuitton show without mentioning the eye-popping escalator finale:

Spring 2013 Runway Show: Louis Vuitton Escalator Finale

And their equally bold spring ad campaign:

Spring 2013 Ad Campaign: Louis Vuitton Checkerboard

If I were to choose one wild spring trend that I’d like to pull off this year, this would be it. Anyone else crazy enough to join me?

Floral Pumps

Posted 3 February 2013 at 10:10 PM | Comments (0)

These babies make me want to wear shoulder pads.

And yet, even though they remind me so explicitly of the ‘80s, this is a trend that can be easily adapted to a modern wardrobe. Think pencil skirts, shifts, and Mad Men dresses.

Spring 2013 Fashion Trend: Floral Pumps

The Tabitha Simmons pair is my favorite. With its metallic-capped toe and pastel hues, they are the most edgy and up-to-date of the bunch. Plus, they would look so good next to bare summer legs!