WHY DON’T YOU ...
Try more than one of these bright, new fashion ideas?
1 PLAY MATCHYMATCHY?
Whether you’re doubling up on power pastels like Hanneli Mustaparta and friend; or creating boldly graphic monochrome statements like Rumi Neely and Eva Chen, there’s no easier way to ensure all eyes on you than calling your buddy ahead of time and coordinating your outfits. Work around a colour, print or piece (leather biker, investment sweater). No identical pieces, please, just personal takes on a similar theme.
2 RETHINK YOUR HOLIDAY STYLE?
Think fur is only for winter? Marc Jacobs has a super lightweight fur top in Breton stripes that’s easy, casual but still super luxe – perfect for early spring. As for shoes, ditch the standard leather thongs and ballet flats for Bottega Veneta’s woven brogues to inject a little edge into your off-duty ensemble.
3 BE ADVENTUROUS WITH DENIM?
Make denim the focal point of your look, not just your fail-safe when you run out of ideas or as a counterpoint to a dressy top. Do effortlessly chic double denim like the French, or tonal patchwork for something different – overalls if you dare. For the truly courageous (or skinny), oversized boyish pieces like Edie Campbell’s will look fresh and totally cool.
4 DO FULL-ON MENSWEAR?
We’ve all borrowed from the boys before (tuxedo jacket over an LBD or cigarette pants with a silk blouse) but why not go the whole nine yards and rock a proper men’s suit – mannish proportions, flat shoes and all? Invest in fantastic fabrics and a metallic shoe to jazz up the look. TOP TIP: Know a really good tailor.
5 INVEST IN THE COMMA HEEL?
Dramatic but still ladylike and elegant, the comma heel, first introduced by Roger Vivier in the ’60s, is back with a vengeance – thanks to the house’s current creative director Bruno Frisoni and Raf Simons at Dior, the very maison for which Vivier used to design shoes.
6 WEAR A DRESS OVER TROUSERS?
A surprisingly graceful option for formal evenings, trousers layered under dresses lend the stiffest occasions a sense of sporty ease. Choose a pair in slinky silks or elaborate lacework like Givenchy’s to heighten the sense of fantasy.
7 START YOUR OWN BLUE PERIOD?
Less severe and much more versatile than black, blue (especially navy) is the new magic hue that somehow pairs perfectly with every other shade. Work different gradients of the colour from head to toe via an oversized sweater and fluted skirt or with a biker vest, pleated dress, and killer heels à la Giovanna Battaglia.
8 TAKE LEOPARD RETRO?
Yes, leopard print might have gained a reputation for staying up until 5am dancing on tabletops and stumbling out of the club drunk, but it’s time to take the print back to its feminine, ferocious roots. Take your cues from Kate Moss and Giovanna Battaglia who gave big-cat spots a retro twist with long, slim silhouettes and timeless accessories. If you find head-to-toe print overwhelming, Dita Von Teese shows that a lush scarf wrapped around the neck would do very nicely. Final touch: scarlet lips.
9 WEAR A WHITE SHIRT AND NOTHING ELSE?
You’ve done the masculine white shirt/feminine skirt combo, now take it to the next level and forgo bottoms entirely (okay, you can cheat with super-tiny boy shorts). Like Leandra Medine’s look, this works best with bronzed skin, tousled hair, oversized choker, and towering heels. Do over-the-knee boots if you want to minimise the amount of skin showing.
10 WORK A LONG SKIRT FOR DAY?
For the longest time the full-length skirt has been relegated to evening-only status, but now street-style icons are slowly turning it into a daywear mainstay. Tone down the drama with a casual-luxe sweater like Joanna Hillman or offset the glamour of a full skirt with a bright cropped tee like Yasmin Sewell.
Rumi Neely (right) and friend in New York
Eva Chen (right) and friend in Milan
Marc Jacobs Resort ’14
Shoes, from RM2,880 each, Bottega Veneta
As seen at New York Fashion Week
Denim overalls and a leather biker screams downtown cool
Edie Campbell works oversized proportions
Trousers, RM5,019, Michael Kors Céline Resort ’14 Shoes, RM880, Cole Haan
Dior Cruise ’14
Blazer, RM8,729, Michael Kors
Patchwork denim on a sleek silhouette looks polished
Givenchy Resort ’14
A showgoer in Céline during Paris Fashion Week
Kate Moss Giovanna Battaglia Dita Von Teese
Yasmin Sewell Joanna Hillman
Shoes, RM2,500, Gucci