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High-meets-low dress­ing gets ex­treme, and we’re all for it.

About a decade ago, pair­ing a T-shirt with a frothy, ball­gown-es­que skirt or tutu was dar­ing and pro­gres­sive. Now, you can get the full look on Qoo10. But just when we thought we knew ev­ery­thing about high-meets-low dress­ing, fash­ion’s most di­rec­tional de­sign­ers in­tro­duce an ex­treme ver­sion that calls for more than just a bit of edge. Cue the two looks that you see here by Gucci’s Alessan­dro Michele: sporty wool bal­a­clavas paired with jewels and daz­zling cock­tail dresses – his idea of “ec­cen­tric and at­trac­tive”. The likes of Chloe’s Nat­acha Ram­say-Levi and Dior’s Maria Grazia Chi­uri one-upped the boots-meets-pretty-dress for­mula with plenty of or­na­men­tal de­tails (feath­ered trims, ap­plique flow­ers) and full-on ac­ces­sories. Even Kaiser Karl’s in on it, his mix of evening gowns with gloves, flat lace-up shoes and over­sized clutches at Chanel eras­ing all bound­aries be­tween ca­sual and for­mal. This is demo­cratic dress­ing at its best in sea­sons: Time, place and oc­ca­sion don’t mat­ter; only in­di­vid­u­al­ity does. Isn’t that what streetwear’s ul­ti­mately about? –NL

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