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Usu­ally found on sports and ca­sual wear, the draw­string ap­pear­ing on more for­mal cloth­ing such as even­ing dresses and silk skirts is yet an­other sign that the lines be­tween ca­sual and dress­ing up are blur­ring. While this type of clo­sure stems from func­tion­al­ity, the bil­low­ing vol­ume that re­sults from fas­ten­ing a draw­cord – as well as the op­tions and pos­si­bil­i­ties for fin­ishes and cord locks – gives de­sign­ers scope to ex­per­i­ment. Draw­cords are show­ing up with in­creas­ing reg­u­lar­ity on day and even­ing wear, ass well as ac­ces­sories.

In­deed, young de­signer Wynn Ham­lyn has delvedved into draw­cords for sum­mer, with dresses in silk chif­fon fea­tur­ing dual draw­strings and short, waist-cinch­ing ver­sions on tops and dresses. Ham­lyn is ahead of the curve there. Raf Si­mons em­ployed the ties lib­er­ally in his bril­liant pace­set­ting col­lec­tion for Calvin Klein spring 2018, shown in New York ear­lier this month. Long white draw­cords dan­gled from anoraks, sheeny dresses, rub­ber rain­coats and cav­ernous capes alike, and it was any­thing but ca­sual. 1/ An­drea Moore Cherry Blos­som shoes, $329 2/ Lonely Molly hat, $110 3/ Mer­chant 1948 Hertz shoes, $180 4/ Lonely Irena dress, $365 5/ Ju­lian Dan­ger Mia shorts, $311 6/ Jojo Ross work trouser, $300, from Com­pany Store 7/ Caro­line Sills check pants, $289 8/ Liann Bel­lis Anouk skirt, $289 9/ Stan­dard Is­sue linen dress, $288 10/ Nin­teen//46 een//46 Mrs parka in sand, $249 11/ Juli­ette Ho­gan gan skirt, $429 12/ Wynn Ham­lyn dress, $499 13/ Char­maine Reve­ley Miller pant,p , $289 14/ Mansur Gavriel bag, ap­prox $520, from Net-a-Porter

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