LIKE A BOY For­get about div­ing into a man’s world. This sea­son, the coolest girls are bor­row­ing from the boys. By Jef­frey Yan.

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The Spring/Sum­mer ’15 shows were jam-packed with ideas; palettes spanned the he colour spec­trum and de­sign­ers turned out prints that ranged from child­like to vin­tage to ab­stract and ev­ery­thing in be­tween. But the propo­si­tions that felt elt the fresh­est weren’t the ’40s screen queens, the ’70s boho god­desses or the ’80s0s bomb­shells. It was the pieces rooted in the now. Women want to look fem­i­ninene and beau­ti­ful; they want to wear print and colour, but they don’t want to hob­ble­ble in too-tight skirts or teeter in too-high shoes. They want to run in Nike Air Max and if it’s chilly,ly, they’re more likely to throw on their boyfriend’s parka than a fur-trimmed coat. Tak­ing cues from the guys is noth­ing new. Mar­lene Di­et­rich wore men’s suits in the Thir­ties, and the im­age of Char­lotte Ram­pling in Saint Lau­rent’s Le Smok­ing tuxedo is seared into our minds. But this sea­son, the key is to bor­row from the boys, not the men. For­get for a while the black tuxe­dos and crisp shirts, the wide trousers and pin­stripes; now it’s all about shorts (in all lengths), jeans, sporty tees, bomber jack­ets, school­boy parkas, and col­le­giate blaz­ers. Out with vel­vet slip­pers and patent ox­fords, and in with train­ers, skate shoes, and san­dals.

For ref­er­ence, look to the Bri­tish school­boy uni­form of sweater, shirt, and shorts with piped blazer, high socks, and lit­tle jaunty hat. The Brit girls in­ter­pret this vibe es­pe­cially well. Look at Alexa Chung and her tiny shorts, paired with flat shoes, slouchy knits, and shirts. When Cara Delev­ingne gets out of her one­sies, she’s in jeans, hood­ies, and flat boots. On red car­pets, she’s more likely to show up in a suit than a gown, and even then she’ll break the look with train­ers. Edie Camp­bell is a pro at slouchy tailor­ing – like a teenager try­ing on his fa­ther’s clothes – and Susie Bub­ble deftly mixes youth­ful menswear such as Raf Simons’s tees with zany de­signs by Mead­ham Kir­choff.

No sur­prises that the Brit de­sign­ers too cap­ture this feel per­fectly. Christo­pher Bai­ley’s Burberry Pror­sum girls had a youth­ful, ir­rev­er­ent spirit this sea­son, ty­ing trench coats with tulle or shrug­ging a jean jacket over a slip­dress, sneak­ers with ev­ery­thing. Si­mone Rocha showed vivid flo­rals and ap­pliqué, but in slouchy, roomy sil­hou­ettes with flat shoes. Christo­pher Kane riffed on school uni­form colours for blaz­ers worn with draw­string trousers. Even Peter Pilotto and Christo­pher de Vos eased up on their struc­tural, fem­i­nine shapes to cre­ate easy tees and fluid trousers with san­dals. Brit trans­plants have also brought that aes­thetic to New York: Katie Hil­lier and Luella Bart­ley put their Marc by Marc Ja­cobs girl in spunky shorts, tees, and anoraks while Stu­art Vev­ers in­tro­duced youth­ful parkas and duf­fle coats at Coach. Re­mem­ber not to lift the look whole­sale. You don’t want to look like a pre­pubescent school­boy. Take the el­e­ments that best suit your style – a striped tie, a peaked cap, knee­length shorts – and work them into your wardrobe. No need to give up the red lip or fiveinch heels if those are the hall­marks of your style. The boy­ish trend works best off­set with a lit­tle fem­i­nin­ity: pinks, flo­rals, flared skirts, what­ever you want. Just throw some­thing un­ex­pected into the mix – a Moschino bomber from the men’s col­lec­tion, a Dior Homme sweater or even some­thing as sim­ple as white school socks with printed wedges. Susie Bub­ble Christo­pher Kane Spring/ Sum­mer ’15

Burberry Pror­sum Spring/ Sum­mer ’15 Marc by Marc Ja­cobs Spring/ Sum­mer ’15

Alexa Chung

Cara Delev­ingne

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