Thursday, May 19, 2011

Fashion: The New Classics?

The Slingback
One way to pay apt tribute to the launch of summer is this pair of Nicolas Kirkwood slingbacks. Sleek and stunning in both palette and print, these peep-toe floral heels are guaranteed to freshen up any warm-weather ensemble.

Nicholas Kirkwood printed slingback pump, $740; get it at

The Nautical Stripe
Prada’s knee-length striped Drill skirt is making waves this spring as the premier nautical-inspired piece to own. The style has already spawned a slew of high street copycats and is destined to be deemed a classic.

Prada striped drill skirt, $650; get it at

The Tweed Jacket
Proenza Schouler’s coral and ash gray tweed jacket is a far cry from your average poetry professor’s preferred staple. The jacket’s low-slung pockets and cropped fit showcase a decidedly modern take on a menswear and women’s-wear standard.

Proenza Schouler tweed flap-pocket jacket, $2,996; get it at

The Denim Jacket
Leave it to Dries Van Noten to make an effortless American style feel not only fashion-forward but also impossibly chic. This dip-dyed white-and-blue denim jacket channels both this season’s ombré hair obsession and a nod to color-blocking—another key SS11 trend.

Dries Van Noten denim jacket, $395; get it at

The Red Carpet Dress
Erdem is responsible for this elegant yet effortless red-carpet-ready dress. Printed with an ecru, pale-yellow, and green blossom print, the silk-chiffon number (armed with a thigh-high slit) is capable of turning any young starlet into a style siren.

Erdem Dress, $5,706; get it at

The Work Suit
Olivier Theyskens’ return to the fashion forefront via a collaboration with Theory is perhaps one of fashion’s most heralded comebacks, and it comes complete with the reworking of one of fashion’s great staples: the suit. The ink-blue Jago jacket and Palu pant are slouchy yet structured, casual yet utterly refined, showcasing exactly the kind of dichotomy of which Theyskens is master.

Theysken’s Theory Jago jacket, $660, and Palu pants, $390; get them at

The New Floral
There’s nothing chintz-y about these florals: Jil Sander’s flower print collages various photorealistic petals into a frock that is a party in and of itself. If any dress sings summer loud and clear, it’s this one.

Jil Sander floral-print minidress, $2,445; get it at

The Swimsuit
The one-piece swimsuit was reworked in a major way on Michael Kors’ runway this season. It’s strung with leather straps that wrapped around a timeless, cream-colored suit. Kors evoked a timeless beach beauty à la Grace Kelly in To Catch a Thief, with a bit of bondage thrown in for good measure.

Michael Kors wrap-around belted maillot swimsuit, $289; get it at

The Biker Boot
Leave it to Balenciaga to turn a counterculture staple into a catwalk classic. Not exactly a Hell’s Angels’ breed of biker boot, Balenciaga’s version is as futuristic as it is familiar.

Balenciaga cutout boots, $1275; get it at

The Posh Pocketbook
Leave it to Victoria Beckham to reinvent the age-old pocketbook. Hung on a hexagonal chain and crafted from sumptuous rose-hued, matte leather, this pricey purse is destined for It-dom.

Victoria Beckham hexagonal chain leather shoulder bag, $3,250; get it at

The American Denim
Paying homage to heyday of free love, Gap is reintroducing the flare into its denim repertoire. Meet the high-waisted jeans that will give your ankles plenty of breathing room…and perhaps add a more free-flowing vibe to your summer look.

Gap wide-leg jeans, $69.95; get it at

The Bodysuit
Jean Paul Gaultier is bringing all new meaning to body-con with his latest collaboration with La Perla. This seductive, structural bodysuit calls to mind Madonna (a longtime JPG collaborator) circa “Material Girl,” but is a look non–pop icons can surely manage as well.

Jean Paul Gaultier for La Perla bodysuit, $980; get it at

The Statement Shoe
Scarpa may translate to shoe in Italian, but Rick Owens Scarpa shoes are more sculpture than functional footwear. These sky-high, jade-hued wedge sandals come equipped with mesh ankle-wrapping that turns any foot into a work of fine art.

Rick Owens jade leather sandals, $1,863; get it at

The Trench Coat

If anyone can take the trench coat to all new levels, it’s the style’s creator, British fashion house Burberry. Under creative director Christopher Bailey’s guidance, Burberry has infused new life into classics again and again, and this gabardine biker version (outfitted with leather sleeves no less) is a perfect example.

Burberry leather-sleeve trench, $2,795; get it at

The Maxiskirt

Ankle-length skirts have been garnering steam during recent seasons, but that doesn’t mean new renditions of the trend aren’t materializing. Take this Haider Ackermann maxiskirt, for instance, which includes a frontal slit and cutouts positioned at the hip: It brings all new (seductive and dramatic) meaning to the word maxi.

Haider Ackermann skirt, $1,270; get it at

The Wedge

French fashion designer Pierre Hardy has taken a national favorite—the espadrille, which originated in the Pyrenees—and turned it into a work of art. Just add a bit of black patent leather, canvas ankle straps, and a traffic-stopping silhouette to the classic raffia espadrille heels, and voilà!

Pierre Hardy espadrille wedges, $583; get it at

The Accoutrement

Brooches are no longer just your grandmother’s accessory. Lanvin is reinvigorating this accoutrement by way of an eye-catching art deco¬-inspired brooch whose glittering jewels are fit for fashion-forward women of all ages.

Lanvin insect brooches, $760–$1,027; for more information, go to

The Loafer

Cute, chic, and fit for weekend jaunt via yacht or a day spent skipping around the streets of Monmartre, Charles Philip’s Shanghai loafer is undeniably charming. Outfitted with sky-blue stripes, the slip-on suggests comfort and elegance in one fell swoop.

Charles Phillip Shanghai loafers, $116; get it at

The T-Shirt

By no means your typical tee. Valentino has reworked the American classic with sequin-embellished tulle and jersey. The disco-appropriate combination proves that a T-shirt can in fact carry some serious couture cred.

Valentino sequin- and tulle-embellished T-shirt, $790; get it at

The Moto Jacket

A leather moto jacket has long been a staple of any self-respecting fashionista’s closet. But Rag & Bone is putting a new spin on the classic, packaging it in sumptuous camel quilted leather with suede paneling to boot.

Rag & Bone leather and suede jacket, $1,550; get it at

The Statement Necklace

The collar necklace was seen on runways from Michael Kors to Givenchy and Stella McCartney. Jewelry designer Ilias Lalaounis’ Gold Collar necklace pays homage to Grecian times subtly, through its curved choker style, and explicitly (it’s stamped with both “750” and “Greece,” in addition to the designer’s hallmark). Looking to treat yourself like a goddess? This piece is for you.

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The Wear-Everyday Earring

Thakoon steps into unfamiliar territory with this collaboration with jewelry house Tasaki, but the fruits of the partnership are no less sweet because of it. These reversible diamond and pearl earrings can be worn with either precious gem facing out, speaking to sartorial whims toward bold and glimmering, or timeless and understated.

Thakoon by Tasaki diamond and pearl earrings, $20,750; get them at

The Cocktail Dress

Phillip Lim’s crisp leather cocktail dress is sure to set any wearer apart from the pack. The halter dress, outfitted with a sheer chiffon back is a prime choice for any after-hours occasion that warrants a little something out of the ordinary.

3.1 Phillip Lim leather dress with chiffon back, $1,500; get it at

The Bangle

Bungee cords are no longer relegated to the rock climbing community thanks to L.A.-based, Mexican-bred furniture and jewelry designer Tanya Aguiniga. In fact, the designer’s bungee cord bracelets are causing a stir among the fashion set, a trend not going unnoticed thanks to their oversized stature and exceptionally bright palette.

Tanya Aguinga’s bungee-cord bracelets, $50 each; get it at


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