The Hunger Games' Jennifer Lawrence Talks Fame, Katniss and More In Her Glamour Interview
Jennifer Lawrence beat out scores of young actresses for the kick-ass lead role of Katniss Everdeen in this month’s The Hunger Games (and landed at number one on your hottest-celebs list). In her interview with Willa Paskin, she tells us whose team (Gale or Peeta) she’s really on, whose death in the movie hit her the hardest and why she can’t stand it when actors complain. Read on for a sneak peek!
The Kentucky-born Lawrence, who was nominated for an Academy Award last year for her gritty work in Winter’s Bone, knows that her life is about to change. Big-time. The Hunger Games is being heralded as the next Twilight, with all of the box office expectations that entails. But instead of vampires, this story has a fight-to-the-death reality show, political conspiracies and the brutal deaths of small children. In other words, Lawrence isn’t just playing the next Bella Swan; she’s also playing the next Jason Bourne.
In the weeks leading up to the release of the film, Lawrence, who laughs often and quickly—at herself as much as everything else—has intentionally been taking it easy, hanging out with her friends, surfing, going grocery shopping and mentally preparing for what’s to come. May the odds be ever in her favor.
GLAMOUR: So, are you ready?
JENNIFER LAWRENCE: I feel like I’m in the eye of the hurricane right now. I just recently started cleaning like I’m insane, and I’m starting to think it’s my anxiety over the movie. I think it’s a bit like, “I’m just cleaning the refrigerator handle. The movie’s not coming out. I’m going to clean it spotless, and then my life will not change.” It’s just scary. I feel like I got a ticket to go to another planet and I’m moving there and there’s no turning back, and I don’t know if I’m going to like that other planet or have friends there. It’s daunting.
GLAMOUR: But you thought about all of this before you took the job, right?
JENNIFER LAWRENCE: I gave myself three days. I knew from reading the books that I loved The Hunger Games. I just didn’t know if it was worth changing my life for. I’m at a peaceful place right now. The people who used to ignore me at parties, now they’re nice to me and kissing my ass. But nobody’s staked outside of my house. I wanted to make sure that when I said yes, I wouldn’t regret it. And I don’t regret it. I would have said no because I was scared, and then I would have been that bitter actress telling my grandkids, “I’m the one that turned it down.”
RENT THE RUNWAY AND REVOLVE OUTFIT POPSUGAR FOR A HUGE OSCARS WEEKEND — SEE THE DRESSES!
That's a wrap on the 2012 award season! We're still basking in the excitement from the huge Oscars weekend that closed out more than two months of red carpets, parties, and star-studded events. We blew out our award season coverage more than ever and we had some help to look the part from our friends at Rent the Runway and RevolveClothing.com over the weekend. Rent the Runway dressed our PopSugar and BuzzSugar editors for Oscars night in designers like Narciso Rodriguez, David Meister, and Halston Heritage. The morning after, we were up bright and early to share all the insider details from Hollywood's biggest nights and we were decked in cute tops thanks to Revolve. Check out what we wore!
ALL ANGLES: DIANE KRUGER CHANNELS FAIRY-TALE GLAMOUR AT THE VENICE FILM FEST
When Diane Kruger steps out on the red carpet, you can bet it's going to be good. The fashion pro never shies from the drama or statement pieces — and she can pull off practically anything. For today's The Ides of March premiere at the Venice Film Festival red carpet, the actress opted for full-on fairy-tale glamour in a soft tulle Elie Saab gown. The gorgeous embellishments, muted nude-pink hue, and flowing blond waves all hint at a modern princess vibe — and Diane carries it perfectly. Click through to see the breathtaking gown from all angles.
DIANE KRUGER DEBUTS A DRAMATIC GIAMBATTISTA VALLI GOWN AT THE BERLIN FILM FEST — SEE EVERY ANGLE
For the second time today, Diane Kruger caught our attention at the Berlin Film Festival, this time wowing in a dramatic Giambattista Valli gown at the premiere of Farewell, My Queen. Thanks to a bold combination of polka dots, a ladylike tie-neckline, and a wash of sequins over the bodice, the couture confection may just be another one to add to the growing list of looks only Diane can wear. Adding to the drama, Diane sported an edgy set of cuff earrings, dark polish, and a statement clutch by Judith Leiber. We're still digesting the look, but now we're turning it to you — click through to see every angle, then be sure to tell us what you think in comments.
TRENDSPOTTING: CELEBS CHARM IN FULL-SKIRTED DRESSES
Part retro, all glamour — full-skirted dresses are taking over the red carpet on some of our favorite celebrities. Style stars like Taylor Swift, Dianna Agron, and Jessica Alba are embracing the feminine fit and flare shape in every form. From the red-carpet-ready versions to the pared-down and pretty for everyday, the trend is one we're particularly fond of for Spring — trust us, nothing looks more classically ladylike than a full-skirted dress, bare legs, and sweet heels to tie it all together. The proof is in this batch of trendsetters, showing off the silhouette for every occasion. Click through to see how they're outfitting these charming frocks — then shop our editors' picks to channel the look for yourself.
BLAIR GLAMS UP THE GOSSIP GIRL SET IN PRINCESS-WORTHY OSCAR DE LA RENTA
The latest from the Upper East Side set is Blair's most glamorous since the royal Vera Wang wedding gown. We spotted Blair hitting the Gossip Girl set (and locking lips with Lonely Boy — gasp!) in a dreamy pink-princess confection from Oscar de la Renta's Resort 2012. Since half the fun of the Upper East Side drama is what everyone is wearing, we're delving into season five's best looks. Some, like Blair's latest may be more fantasy than shopping reality, but in every episode there's also a chance to get our hands on something Serena, Blair, or the rest of the show's stylish ensemble has worn. From Mulberry to Marc Jacobs, Rag & Bone, and Louis Vuitton — and thanks to Eric Daman's brilliant styling — every episode unfolds with a cast of enviable designer goodies. Now they might actually be yours — just click through for the amazing Gossip Girl style moments, and if you're tempted, shop away!
50 INSANELY CHIC STREET STYLE SNAPS STRAIGHT FROM NYFW
Even before you step foot inside Lincoln Center, you can see it plainly — FW is in full force outside the tents. The bi-annual style stampede that descends on NYC every Fashion Week is in full force as we head into day six. This season is already bringing out a range of creative ensembles from our favorite fashion insiders with the chicest plays on Winter style — forget the predictable; this crew delivers a slick mix of leather, fur, bold color, and killer accessories. As always, the inspiration is seemingly endless — click through to feast your eyes on 50 of our favorite snaps from NYFW so far.
HOW TO WEAR THE PRETTIEST WINTER COMBO: SLIP DRESSES AND SWEATERS
Fall and Winter dressing brings about some serious conundrums: as much as you want to stay cute and stylish, you still need to focus on beating the chill — and because we at Fab are all about combining fashion and function, we've come up with a chic, feminine way to look pretty, put-together, and fabulously cozy at the same time. So say hello to your new Winter staples: a slinky slip dress and chunky knit sweater, perfect for pairing with a hat, boots, and a giant mug of hot cocoa. The look was shown on the Fall runways at Rachel Comey (seen at far left), Altuzarra, and Alexander Wang, and calls to mind a sleek vintage-inspired vibe. Ready to slip into something sexy? Click through to see five ways to wear slip dresses and cozy sweaters this season.
SEE THE MOST FABULOUS MAKEUP AND HAIR FROM MILAN FASHION WEEK
Milan Fashion Week is coming to a close, and if the outings from Italy's haute houses are any indication, we're in for a polished season full of vintage homages ranging from the Mod to the Baroque. New York may be the exuberant youngster of the Fashion Week pantheon, but Milan is her self-possessed and eternally chic aunt. It's a much more adult take on runway fashion, so check out some beauty Italian-style now.
For its Fall 2012 collection, See by Chloé presented its first runway show in Paris today, and being the modern line that it is, it did the presentation digitally, showing on the Chloé website this morning. It was a collection meant to be seen in movement, as the opening looks were all about flow — diaphanous fabrics cut into draped tops, silky pants, and soft dresses that fluttered on the models. Ideal Spring dresses now, they make for a soft contrast later with Winter knits and coats. It was all about effortless chic — a pert peacoat was done in rusty wide wale cord and worn over a bodysuit; a black asymmetric skirt was paired with a superbly cut black blazer. Blouson sleeves returned, a romantic touch on casually draped tops and dresses. It's a collection you can build a wardrobe on, and that's exactly the point of Chloé's little sister line, no?
Fab reader Blondie Britt took notes on Spring's emerging ladylike trend and made it her own via retro pieces and pretty pops of color. She wore a white Jackie O-inspired peacoat, complete with oversize round buttons, and paired the classic coat with kelly green leather gloves. To further inject the look with a nostalgic feel, she donned a girlie green headband, green pumps, and a large black-and-white plaid tote bag. It's sophisticated, but youthful too — we think Blair Waldorf would agree.
ANNIJO LAUNCHES SHOES – THEY'RE LIKE "JEWELRY FOR YOUR FEET"
Dannijo designers Danielle and Jodie Snyder are expanding their impressive jewelry line — celebs like Blake Lively, Beyoncé Knowles, and Rihanna have all been spotted wearing their cool-girl baubles — to include a new shoe collection with footwear brand Matt Bernson. “Shoes are the same as jewelry — it’s an emotional buy," said Jodie Snyder. "You gravitate towards something different and unique. These shoes are more like jewelry for your feet." Similar to their jewelry line, the collection hones in on the duo's rocker-girl aesthetic, highlighting a neon embellished cage look, aptly named the "Zeppelin," and a sequin-heeled fringe ankle boot. Dannijo's five-piece shoe debut will range from $238 to $420, and will be available in August online at Matt Bernson, Shopbop, and Dannijo. Check out the slideshow to see one more look from the line, along with images from the brand's Spring jewelry campaign.
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Autumn hues have arrived! Look for warmth in pumpkin and gold and magnificent berry colors like indigo, violet and ruby red. Camel is the new neutral. This warm color provides the perfect backdrop for leopard prints or the bright and bold gem accessories out this fall. With so much to choose from you are sure to find something that works for you this season!
Luxurious satin and silk fabrics are decorated with feminine ruffles and bows. Voluminous silhouettes or lace over-lays keep a hint of that romantic look on the scene. 1950’s nostalgia is back with the ‘flirt skirt’, a classic with a high necked sweater. Graphic prints have arrived to add some bold variety to your wardrobe.
Sophisticated evening wear is glittering and gorgeous! Strong silhouettes with demure cuts add a new elegance to the scene. Magical metalics in silver, pewter, bronze, copper and gold provide a perfect palette to shine for a stunning evening look.
Cooler weather calls for layering and there is plenty available this season. Vests and structured military jackets in leather or suede are dramatically decorated with zippers and buttons. Plush velvet or brocade fitted jackets look stunning with a sleek pair of pencil pants or leggings. Add a fashion scarf to a cape or faux fur vest to compliment your outdoor look.
High velocity shoes make the scene in bright colors or prints. Flats, pumps or skyscraper heels make a dramatic statement with large buckles, bows, gemstones and fur. High-rise or ankle boots work worn with skirts or leggings will take you into the winter months ahead.
Chunky gemstone jewelry is everywhere! Try pairing a cuffed bracelet or a glittering pin on your fitted jacket. Take your favorite blouse and give it a fresh seasonal look by replacing the buttons with assorted ornamental jeweled buttons. Structured handbags in vivid colors or animal prints add punch to any classic outfit.
Have fun shopping while you choose the trends this season that work best for your personality and budget!
One tip wonder: Add a new fashion scarf to update any neckline! A fringed, ruffled, sequined or faux fur scarf is sure to change up any neckline and take you into this season’s fabulous fall look.
STYLE NOTES: The “wiggle” dress is a true vintage piece, especially because the term “wiggle” is not part of the common style vernacular of today.
It’s a laymen’s term for a dress which causes a woman to “wiggle” when she walks, because the skirt is fitted from the waist down to hug her legs so tight that she must walk delicately and with small steps.
For more information on the wiggle dress, check out an article by my friends over at the Vintage Bulletin.
Many wiggle dresses resemble “secretary dresses” of the ’50′s and ’60s — appropriate for that time period, because secretaries spent most of their day’s sitting down and therefore did not need to move or “wiggle about the office.” However, when they did move, the wiggle dress created a beautiful silhouette that (ahem) many boss men of the day probably enjoyed admiring from their desks.
HOW TO WEAR: Some wiggle dresses (see vintage, left) are styled for evening, but most often you’re going to find that secretary-ques style that carries a professional vibe with a button-up front, solid color and crisp design.
Wiggle dresses are perfect as they are and don’t need much more than black or nude tights (lean away from patterned, unless you want to look more pin-up girl) and pointy-toed pumps.
Round pumps are a bit more matronly and will take away from the “wiggle” wow factor of the dresses’ stylish sex appeal.
WHO SHOULD WEAR: Ladies with a silicious backside will either embrace the wiggle dress or shake their heads in distaste. Want to show off your goods? This the dress to do that. But beware: that boss man (and construction men … police men … etc.) are going to take notice!
Ladies with balanced proportions will enjoy the wiggle dress, too, especially because it’s “midi” length (hits past the knee at about mid calf) will elongate anyone’s frame without feeling like you’re wearing a floor sweeping ball gown.
STYLE NOTES: The tent dress is like wearing A-line which covers your entire body. Instead of flaring out at the waist, the dress flairs beginning below the chest. The tent dress can consist of a few well-placed pleats or multiple pleats for a classic evening style (see modern version, right).
The A-line shape is technically called a “pyramid” flare. The style was introduced by designer Pierre Cardin for his spring ’66 collection.
HOW TO WEAR: Depending on the design and placement of pleats, the tent dress can work for evening as more of a “babydoll dress” look, or for day when styled with patterns, like large florals seen in the vintage version (left).
Tent dresses for day are often designed with larger patterns — it’s uncommon to see “ditsy” (small print florals or polka dots) here. For evening, the tent dress is sans design, sticking to neutral colors that can be vamped with the right bling accessory.
WHO SHOULD WEAR: Tent dresses take on a more “babydoll” approach to exposing the skin (read: they hit above the knee). Ladies anxious to show off their toned calves should look to the tent dress to draw attention to their best asset.
If you are a larger busted lady, the tent dress can look like a maternity dress because your chest will literally push the material away from your body. If you are larger chest and want to wear a tent dress, make sure you belt it with a skinny belt to create a waist.
Tent dresses look best with close-toed or peep toe pumps in solid colors and narrow stiletto heels. Avoid platforms, flats and chunky heels — you’ll either look too retro or like you’re dressing down your age.
STYLE NOTES: The shirtwaist dress gained popularity in the ’30s and ’40s, designed to incorporate the popular button down shirt of a man into a women’s dress. It was a popular trend for wives with families looking for the function of a men’s shirt that still had feminine flair.
The shirtwaist dress has been revived and revitalized numerous times in style history, taking on tunic form and worn with leggings and boots, or remaining straight and narrow as a shirt dress “shift” dress. It’s now considered as classic as the wrap dress.
HOW TO WEAR: While the shirtwaist dress is a functionally stylish addition to anyone’s wardrobe, it can leave you looking more “housewife” than “hot.”
Modernize by opting for solid brights (like bright pink or canary yellow) over gingham checks or floral. For spring, avoid the classic plaid shirt dress, which even when made from light cotton and not flannel, is a fall/winter appropriate pattern.
Wear a complementary color tank underneath, open the shirt buttons and allow for a pop of color below.
Funk it up with cowboy boots and bare legs. If the waist is missing an accessory (like the modern version, right) add a super-wide (2 inches plus) contrasting belt to further emphasize your waist. Try bright green with bright pink or darker colors like royal purple or navy with canary yellow.
WHO SHOULD WEAR: The girl who wants to throw on a dress and walk out the door, fun & fancy free. Like it’s original intention, the shirtwaist dress with an A-line skirt is a body-flattering style on anyone that is functional for everyday while still fun enough to call “girlie.”
Avoiding prints,checks & plaid maintains solid style sense — opt for the season’s bright trend instead to dress for a modern, marvelous you.
STYLE NOTES: Unlike the body-hugging sheath dress, the shift dress does just the opposite. It’s a relaxed fit that’s loose all the way through, allowing breathing room from the neck to the chest to the waist and along the legs.
Shift dresses, like sheath dresses, are knee-length nearly 100 percent of the time. Their shared attributes in length could be part of the reason for confusion.
You’ll know that you’re wearing a shift dress because it should flare out all along the body, so much so that you may want to take a skinny belt to create a waist and fitted feel.
While sheath dresses can have short or puff sleeves, shift dresses are almost always sleeveless.
HOW TO WEAR: The shift dress is perfect for just about anything and anywhere. I imagine the most glamorous of women wearing a vintage version to the grocery store with pearls, or funking up with gold bling and strappy heels for night.
Try a shift dress with leggings, boots and a leather jacket for a cosmopolitan feel, or throw one on with a sun hat and flats to gallivant around the boardwalk this summer.
WHO SHOULD WEAR: The key to wearing a shift dress for you is finding one with the appropriate length for your frame. Shift dresses should hit the knee or right above. Anything shorter and you’re drifting into babydoll mini territory.
When buying online, note how long the dress is. Measure your neck to your knee to see how the length compares. Ask the seller how tall the model or mannequin is, to get an idea of how the dress sits on their body.
STYLE NOTES: The sheath dress is distinctly different from the shift dress — but is way-too-often interchangeably used.
The sheath dress is designed to hug the body at the chest, waist and hips. It is almost formed to fit the skin, and often sleeveless and with a high neck to offset the piece’s body hugging qualities.
Think of the modern day bondage dress: That is an updated version of it’s close cousin, the sheath dress.
HOW TO WEAR: The sheath dress is for evening activities only, especially those that involve glamorous night out or a fabulous date.
WHO SHOULD WEAR: The key to wearing a sheath dress is finding the one that fits your body’s proportions right. Any figure can wear a sheath dress … if the dress only fits. Oh-too-often ladies try to fit into something a size or two too small, and woefully proclaim that “they just can’t rock the style.”
Know that the sheath dress is designed to accentuate a girl’s beautiful body. Weather you have a boy frame or the frame of Dita Von Teese, you can wear a sheath dress if the size is right.
STYLE NOTES: The image that comes almost immediately to mind when thinking about the pinafore is that of Alice from Alice in Wonderland. Remember her white apron over the blue dress?
The white apron is actually called a pinafore apron, which is simply a sleeveless garment worn over dresses to protect them against soiling. The pinafore dress became popular in the 1870s as a style for children.
Like we see with Alice, the pinafore dress had a separate apron that was tied in the back, and which was a different color than the dress base itself.
Today’s version of the pinafore dress has similar elements but is all-around an updated version. Pinafore dresses were introduced as an everyday style for women all ages (and not just those who were cleaning!) in the ’40s. It was adopted again as a “country/peasant” look in the ’70s and ’80s.
HOW TO WEAR: Keeping in mind the current trends, the pinafore dress is a day dress worn best at picnics, outdoor festivals and BBQs or when doing anything that screams “outdoors,” “sunshine,” and “country.”
WHO SHOULD WEAR: Because the pinafore dress carries childish, almost impish connotations, it’s important to keep in mind how you want to portray yourself. If you are looking to dress down the age of your style, the pinafore dress is for you.
However, pinafore dresses also have a very pin-up girl quality to them when styled that way. Like a lot of “child” pieces in fashion, it can be stylishly sensualized to the opposite end of the spectrum.
If have cherub features and a very American girl look, the pinafore dress will probably suit your personality well. If you are an urban girl on-the-go, hopping from subway to cab and back down underground … the pinafore dress could make you stick out like a sore thumb, or at least like a burnt hot dog on a summer day’s grill.
STYLE NOTES: The peplum dress has a double-layered skirt — the “peplum” itself is an overskirt of extra fabric to the skirt itself. There are two kinds of peplum overskirts: “fitted” (see left image, above) and “flared” (see left image, below).
Peplums were first popular on ladies’ fitted suit jackets in the 19th century. Peplums wouldn’t make a return until the ’40s, when they were popular not only on suit jackets but skirts and dresses, too.
HOW TO WEAR: Wearing the peplum dress in a modern way is a step down from the cocktail dress. The overskirt announces “I am a lady!” as if you were attending a special event where dress between the sexes is expected to be differentiated (think suits for guys, dresses for girls).
So, when wearing a peplum dress in a day situation, it’s important to note just how fancy you look so that you can accessorize appropriately. A cropped white cardigan would downplay the vintage dress (below, left) and a fitted black suit jacket would pair well with the modern version from Modcloth (below, right).
Last note: Always wear a peplum dress with heels. Because the style is a step below cocktail, you want to put your best foot forward!
WHO SHOULD WEAR: The peplum dress is like an hourglass figure whisperer — without having to do that whole “empire waist thing” over and over again!
If the peplum starts higher at the waist and covers the stomach slightly while still allowing the skirt to grace the hips, you’ve got yourself the perfect hourglass-flattering dress. A great example is the vintage style, shown left.
Narrow hip ladies, rejoice! The peplum dress can magically make hips appear on your body! Look for a peplum dress (see modern day example from ModCloth, below right) that covers your hips and not your stomach. That added overskirt layer adds volume to make it appear as if you are more voluptuous.
STYLE NOTES: A maxi dress is just a dress version of the season’s very trendy maxi skirt. The floor-length dress skirt is straight and slightly wide. It is not form fitting to the body.
A tiered maxi dress has a repeating pattern that appears as “cake tiers” or is constructed three dimensionally (see picture, right) repeating the same pattern to create that tier effect.
HOW TO WEAR: The tiered maxi dress is a more voluminous, full skirt than just the same-old cotton drawstring maxi. It should be worn on semi-warm days and always with flats, light thongs or gladiator sandals recommended.
If you need to wear an extra layer for evening, keep lengths similar with a light cotton sweater jacket that graces the bottom of your back.
WHO SHOULD WEAR: The style Gods have always said that lengthier ladies (read: taller) look better in maxi dresses. I’d say that yes, a 5’6″ or taller chica’s frame will suit a maxi dress more than a lady who is shorter.
But that doesn’t mean you have to be a glamazon to rock the style. Shorter ladies, avoid the vintage style shown here (left) because there is absolutely no waist.
This maxi dress has wide sleeves that cover all the skin, which is too much fabric and will overwhelm a smaller frame. Petite ladies should opt for maxi dresses with halter necks and cinched waists and with a creative neckline, like a scoop, bias or v-neck cut.
How to Wear & Identify Vintage Dress Styles for Spring
Happy Monday, everyone!!!
It gives me GREAT DELIGHT to start the week off in the best of ways — giving you a dash of vintage fashion inspiration & education with today’s post, plus almost too-good-to-be-true shop-happy enlightenment with a newly updated Shop Finds page.
According to our friend the weatherman, the temps in NYC are supposed to reach 80 degrees today! Last week I was still layering and stomping the streets in boots. But today, I’m opening my closet for a lovely vintage dress and style heightening heels.
The beautiful thing about life is that we never stop learning. I don’t care if you have your doctorate 10 times over … you are still a blank slate, open to new information, ideas and enlightening emotions.
Which is why I knew that despite having a deep pocket of useful vintage fashion information ready to dispose to you, it’s also my duty to keep room in my mind and heart to soak up helpful style facts and styles that will truly provide a service to YOU.
Today’s post does exactly just that: The thermometer says that spring is here, which means spring fashion is not just hanging in our closets … it’s on our bods and on our shopping lists! So when looking for a fresh spring frock, how do you differentiate between all the different names, from A-line to maxi; plume to pinafore; sheath to shift; tent to wiggle and more?!
Keep reading after the jump to learn what the key style, construction and how-to-wear differences are in this season’s most talked about dresses, and to learn where you can buy the mentioned dress style online at Mod Cloth or Essy right this very moment!
FYI Disclaimer: I chose to include a link to “vintage inspired” new pieces available to buy on Mod Cloth because thanks to feedback from you, I want to offer vintage fashion inspiration for all, and not just for that “special girl” who can fit into the piece I’m promoting on this site.
Thanks to Mod Cloth true passion for fashion and understanding of the female body and style consciousness, anyone can buy a vintage look-a-like in a size that suits their self-empowered style.
Is buying new better than buying vintage? In some cases, it’s a necessity! However, if you like a style and want it vintage, I pass my torch to you, vintage loving sister … because where there is a will, there is a WAY!
Ladies, it’s time to hit the gym and start working on those abs! If staying in shape was your New Year’s resolution, then you’re already one step closer to being crop-top-ready! Wear them with jeans, a cute skirt, or even over a dress! This is one trend that will leave you with endless style possibilities!
The great thing about crop -tops is that you can cater them to your style. Whether you’re attracted to clothing that is ultra-feminine or totally effortless, these midriff baring tops can work for you. Don’t fall for the misconception that crop -tops are a tacky throwback from the ‘90s! Oscar de la Reta proves that crop -tops can actually be quite lady-like (and even appropriate for evening wear!).
Whereas cropped t-shirts err on the casual side, lacy crop-tops are much more chic and sophisticated. While some crop-tops reveal a lot of skin, others show just a smudge. (Just remember to keep it classy, don’t go too short!) By pairing crop-tops with high-waited skirts or by layering them on top of your summery dresses, you can avoid exposing any skin at all. So you see, everyone wins with this trend!
Obsessed with Daisy Buchanan’s style in the Great Gatsby? Looking for a dress that you can just throw on effortlessly? Well, thanks to the revival of drop-waist dresses, you too can be a twenties-loving flapper girl.
Never be constrained by too-tight dresses again! Hailing from the Roaring Twenties, this dress silhouette sits low on your waist and is super comfortable. The best part is that they can be worn during the day or at night. For a night out, opt for a sophisticated drop-waist dress embellished with gold or sequins. For class, layer a cotton drop-waist dress with a cute cardigan and don some flats. It’s really that easy! Before you know it, the drop-waist dress will be a staple in your closet!
Prints were everywhere in spring shows and, boy, were they bold! Unlike past seasons when polka dots, stripes and leopard prints took center stage, this spring has been dubbed the season for birds. Yes, you heard correctly, birds!
This up-and-coming trend is one that every collegiate™ can rock! From pretty blouses and cute dresses to casual scarves, these chirpy critters can be found on everything. For a whimsical look, throw on a bird printed sweater and let the compliments roll in! If your style is super girly, then consider trying a skirt covered with birdies. Fashion is supposed to be about having fun, so why not partake in this quirky trend? If you’re not ready to give birds a chance, don’t worry! Graphic floral prints, zigzags and geometric schemes were all over the catwalk as well and should not be ignored.
If you’re a classy lady, then you’re going to love the plume! A plume is any over skirt or ruffle that appears at the waistline of a skirt, top or dress. This is one runway trend that shouldn’t be intimidating in the least. Take one look at Jason Wu’s gorgeous pink plume skirt shown above and tell me you aren’t already falling for this ‘60s classic!
Guaranteed to add a little extra oomph to your appearance and give you that hourglass figure you’ve always wanted, the plume will be your best friend. Pair your plume dresses and skirts with heels and appear instantly glamorous. To achieve a casual, but chic ensemble for class, try pairing a plume shirt with skinny leg jeans and ballet flats. (I can’t wait to try out this look for myself!) Believe me when I say that a little plume goes a long way!
Before the start of fashion week, Pan tone predicated that Tangerine Tango would be the most popular color of spring, and they were right! Be prepared for orange fever, because it’s coming! Orange jeans, orange dresses, orange accessories, orange shoes…make it your mission to invest in lots and lots of orange over the next few months!
If you’re not one for bold colors, don’t fret! Pastel colors and sorbet hues such as mint green, coral and orchid also made a huge showing in spring shows. With spring falling during the month of Easter, it only seems appropriate that we brighten up our wardrobes and leave winter behind. From in-your-face orange to light and airy pastels, you should be able to find a hue that strikes your fancy!
In historical theory, it appears that the drop waist returned to contemporary collections every two decades or so, with the exception of the ’20s to ’60s, which marked closer to four decades’ difference.
Since the ’80s, we’ve seen tight, minimalist and streamlined clothing emerge as the tastes of the day. But as we enter 2012, it appears that we’re returning to the ’20s yet again as we see on the runways shown below.
Shows like Boardwalk Empire — plus next summer’s The Great Gatsby movie release, hugely reflected on the Ralph Lauren spring 2012 collection — have arguably influenced designer inspiration, too. When we begin to see vintage in the mass media outlets of entertainment, it’s safe to say that there will be a trickle down affect to how the consumer embraces vintage-inspired designs.
I predict the drop waist will re-emerge as a “trend standard” for the decade we are living now, versus just a “trend alternative” as we often see with fresh cuts and styles generally unfamiliar to the female closet. I believe that the drop waist is such a flattering and fitting cut for the flavor of what fashion means today. Women want to be comfortable — hence why the idea of wearing nothing bu leggings, Eggs and tunic dresses combos will never die — but for so many of us, want to look good and garnishment feel GORGEOUS!
The drop waist accomplishes all of that and more. The more? Well, keep the new pieces you buy in store today [or just get 'em vintage, shown farther below!] so that you can rock ‘em again in the 2030s … cause as you see here, what goes around TRULY comes back around!
Vintage Trend I’m Predicting: The Drop Waist Dress for Spring
One trend which has made a “what goes around comes around” revival is that of the drop waist dress.
A drop waist is best described as a horizontal line cut across the body below the hips, instead of at your natural waist. Because the drop waist falls below the hips, it creates the allusion of a lengthened torso and arguably makes your hot bod appear longer and leaner [bonus!]
If they had existed back then, street fashion photographers would have first spotted the drop waist in the early 1920s, when the golden era of the flapper look and Jazz age had begun. It gained popularity once again thanks to 1960s fashion, emerged once again with an ’80s does ’20s fashion vibe and now back in style for spring/summer 2012.
Thanks to the time’s fun & dandy mentality and expansion of women’s rights to vote and participate as equal members of society, fashion took note and the silhouette of the female form changed to reflect these liberated times.
While you’re not seeing the drop waist in stores right this very second, you’ll be seeing them come the spring 2012 season thanks to designer influences on the runways this past NYC Fashion Week.
Keep reading after the jump to learn more about designer’s affections for the drop waist, and how you can get a few of my favorite drop waist pieces on Etsy now!
I’ve been blogging quite a lot about NYC Fashion Week [and how to thrift the trends!] because I find it inspiring to spot the “vintage trend” as integrated into the designs of today’s “runway trend.”
It’s thanks to looking back into history — and seeing how it influences who we are today and we can predict we shall become — that the connection between intellectual history and collaborative creativity can be made.
Want to learn more about a specific type of clothing that was popular eras ago, or how a cultural event may have influenced fashion today?
THE TREND: Printed novelty tights decorated with stripes, polka dots and various colors, shapes and designs.
ITS INVENTION: The first patterned tight was introduced to fashion buyers in the late ’50s — but like so many other revolutionary trends (the knee-high boot and mini skirt are examples), the “tattooed” leg effect was snubbed upon and wouldn’t be embraced by buyers until the emergence of the mini skirt.
When the legs of young ladies were bared to the elements of mother nature, a girl needed to protect her “more” exposed leg with something as funky and stylish as the mini skirt she was sporting. Enter the patterned tight, which adopted the vibrant and bright motifs of the oh-so-mod ’60s.
ITS INFLUENCE: Patterned tights still rule the wardrobes of today’s fashion-forward youth.
Girls in their teens and ’20s pair funky patterned tights as a pop of color that either plays as an attention-grabber or as a strategic styling tool to create a tone-coordinated outfit. The “color-blocking” trend of seasons past and current has also influenced the steady trend of colored and patterned tights.
Patterned tights are so popular that sites like We Love Colors and Peek Brooklyn , along with department store brands like Hue focus exclusively on the tights market.
The patterned tights trend of today is a lot like the legging trend of the ’80s — every girl has to own at least one (or a dozen) options to pair with every look!
THE TREND: Military-style fashion, characterized by oversize gold buttons, high collars, epaulets and royal purples/blues/reds as inspired mostly by traditional United Kingdom and Hungarian “Hussar” uniforms.
During the 60s, military-style was infused into more traditional clothing like overcoats and capes, but also (shown above) used to decorate feminine women swear, too.
ITS INVENTION: The military style trend in mainstream fashion of the ’60s can be attributed to the secondhand shopping habits of those swinging London hipsters known as mods.
Much like the hippies shopped thrift stores to discover the vintage navy uniform of bell bottom trousers in the ’60s, London’s swinging “mod” culture shopping the secondhand stalls of the city’s famous street markets discovered a surplus of previously owned military fashion.
So when the mod squad attacked the stalls of Potbelly Road, Camden Market and Battlefields flea markets, their discovery of decorative pieces of military wear fit with their intent to dress as anti counterculture as possible: What better irony than to wear the pieces representing the government’s and society’s restrictive ideals they were fashionably rebelling against?
Like bell bottoms, the proliferation of military-style in mod counter trickled its way into the mainstream. UK bands who originated from the mod culture introduced the style to mainstream UK/American fans as their prominence rose. One such famous musician who often dressed in military garb was The Rolling Stones’ front man Mick Jagger.
ITS INFLUENCE: The re-emergence of military style hit fast fashion when it hit the runways of popular designers in the 2000s, most recently seen in the 2010/2011 fall-winter women swear collections.
Military style is another example of how androgynous dressing can be achieved in a variety of ways, and wearing military-inspired clothing is just one of them. The cuts and characteristics of a military jacket, cape or coat are decorative and slenderizing so if anything, the inspiration behind military fashion is more “peacock” in nature and therefore comfortable for the average girl to wear without feeling overly masculine.
While bottoms have not made a return into men’s closets since the ’70s, the military look remains a staple on the menswear runways. It’s the best example of a trend from the ’60s that’s influenced fashion of both sexes.
THE TREND: Pantsuits, the pairing of slacks and a blazer as modeled off men’s suits but worn by women for casual, work and formal wear.
ITS INVENTION: Invented as a mainstream “trend” in the ’60s by Yves Saint Laurent and Andre Scourges, the pantsuit was a controversial fashion piece of the day and as some will argue, remains so in particular environments today.
While Courrèges pioneered the “trend” of trousers with his trouser-suit in 1961, it was YSL who pushed the idea onto fashion buyers in 1966, when he introduced the “Le Smoking” pantsuit into his collection for the fall/winter season. The suit included a tuxedo style jacket and what fashion reporters coined “city pants” for the trouser-pants.
From the its humble beginning in the ’60s through even today, pantsuits are a controversial fashion staple for women.
Soon after its introduction in the late ’60s, women wearing a pantsuit at restaurants were sometimes refused service. According to Paper the story goes that:
“The unacceptability of trouser suits in many elegant restaurants continued to put off the press. The story went around of a trouser ed client who was regretfully refused admittance by the headwaiter of a well-known London restaurant and who, by way of reply, retired to the ladies’ room, removed her trousers, presented herself anew in her mini-length suit jacket, and was smilingly led to her table.”
Actresses and ’60s fashion icons like Katharine Hepburn wore pantsuits without apology, thereby paving the way for the democratization of fashion between men and women for today.
ITS INFLUENCE: While most hardly blink an eye at a woman wearing a pantsuit today, the issue of “should she wear trousers” remained until the 1990s, when the US Senate finally allowed woman senators to wear pantsuits during sessions of Congress.
It’s unbelievable to think that it wasn’t so long ago pantsuits were considered a fashion no-no in the work place, and that women were being discriminated against because they chose to illustrate those two things we’re all born with called “legs” via the trouser.
While bold, big blazers reigned supreme in the era of ’80s power suiting, most women of that lady-in-charge-era still wore skirts below their football sized shoulder pads.
Today, more conservative institutions like banks, government agencies and law firms still occasionally snub the sophistication of the pantsuit for women. Depending on where you live in the United States, you still may prefer wearing a skirt to work for fear of your fashion statement becoming water cooler gossip.
Today, the pantsuit continues to appear on the catwalk in fresh, feminine styles that flatter the figure and embrace modern trends. Cut in various styles, fits, and colors, no two pantsuits are ever created alike. While a man’s pinstripe suit can only take on a handful of variations, a female’s pinstripe suit can come in any color, any cut and any trouser-type/blazer-type coordination.
The possibilities are limitless and thanks to the ’60s, woman can comfortably say that they wear the pants, too.
THE TREND: The tuxedo jacket for women, introduced as “Le Smoking Jacket” by designer Yves Saint Laurent in 1966. The tuxedo jacket was part of the “Le Smoking” pantsuit, a revolutionary introduction of a blazer with trousers tailored to flatter the female figure and intended to be worn in the same formal setting as a skirt or dress.
ITS INVENTION: While coined Le Smoking by YSL, this revolutionary fashion trend was modeled from a piece of formal wear only worn by men up until that point. Which is why it was so revolutionary in the first place: The androgynous styles of today were nowhere to be seen during the 1960s.
The seeds had been planted with the drop waist of the ’20s and the masculine cuts of the ’40s, but true credit is due to the man who was Yves Saint Laurent, who pushed the fashion boundaries for women toward Western society’s acceptance of androgynous styling for both sexes.
What YSL did differently was literally introduce a piece of men’s clothing into the stores to be sold exclusively for women. While Le Smoking jacket was marketed as a piece styled for the frame of a woman, it was still a clothing “style” considered for the male body only.
YSL creating the tuxedo jacket was like if a designer today created the man’s dress to be sold in stores: It rocked the fashion world and all the people in it.
ITS INFLUENCE: The tuxedo jacket set the stage for the future of womenswear-that-is-menswear: The pantsuit which would quietly emerge in the ’60s, proliferate in the ’70s and roar in the ’80s; into the Annie Hall inspired androgynous styles of the ’70s and reincarnated as a “minimalist” trend of the ’90s as inspired by the no frills simplicity of menswear.
In one simple statement, the adoption of the Le Smoking jacket in fashion allowed for a future where women didn’t have to wear pretty girlie dresses to feel feminine. Today a girl can wear her boyfriend’s blazer and still feel sexy — and she has YSL to thank for that.
THE TREND: The shift, tent or trapeze, defined as a waist-free dress that sits freely on the body in an A-line, slightly flared to the knee silhouette.
ITS INVENTION: The revolutionary styles of the ’60s popularized two fresh “waist” trends: The high-waist defined “empire” waistline and the come-as-you-are “waist free” no-waist line. The latter found fame during the ’60s with the introduction of the tent dress or trapeze dress because they resembled these triangular shapes.
The popularity of the waist-free dress silhouette was revolutionary in the ’60s because it failed to accentuate the female form in any sort of way — something that was only seen prior during 1920s fashion with the drop waist dress.
The waist-free body of the ’60s became a vehicle for geometric dressing, a trend influenced by space-age shapes and figures with futuristic appeal.
ITS INFLUENCE: While the mini skirt set the stage for all things shorter-than-short, the tent dress set the stage for what would become known as “babydoll” a la ’90s fashion. Babydoll dresses are like mini skirts in a dress combined with the shape of a ’60s waist-less tent dress . They’re not just shorter-than-short but free-and-free-flowing!
The use of “tent” as a dress descriptor has not caught fashion ground in recent years because the term “babydoll” is favored and used by the masses.
But no matter the name, the style is all the same: The tent dress of yesterday is the babydoll dress of today!
THE TREND: The empire waistline, a dress silhouette defined by a produced, defined waistline positioned higher than the natural waist on a female’s body. The empire waist typically rests immediately below the bust, which accentuates the body’s length giving its wearer a longer, leaner frame.
ITS INVENTION: The “empire” in empire waistline descends from the trend’s birthplace: During the “First French Empire,” the time of French global domination during the 19th century.
While the word “empire” is inspired by France, the “waist” part was created by a royal lady of British birth who lived during the First French Empire: Emma or “Lady Hamilton” who can be credited with the empire waist’s first “mainstream” design.
She designed dresses of this high-waist effect for use as a model and artistic muse. Her modeling fame influenced 19th century fashion to adopt the empire waist into its designs where it would remain until the hourglass figured gained trend traction once again in the early 1820s.
So why the empire waist in the 1960s? Well, like 1920s drop waist dresses, the empire dress represented an anti-conformist attitude to how a woman was supposed to dress.
The hourglass figure of the ’50s had dissipated along with its constricting, body-smashing corsets. The empire waistline was adopted by high-fashion designers in the ’60s and translated into ready-to-wear formal fashions for the everyday woman.
It wouldn’t be until the ’70s that the empire waistline gained ground in casual wear dresses, too.
ITS INFLUENCE: Today, the empire waist is every girls’ go-to dress silhoutte when she’s feeling fat, frumpy and not-so-fine. But ironically, these negative thoughts of self-loathing were not the inspiration behind the empire waist for both its inventor Emma “Lady Hamilton” or that of ’60s designers!
The empire waist was born because during its tie of birth, fashion was flexible to change. It was a practice of innovation and experimentation, not a creation to conceal the beautiful bodies of women.
Today the empire waist finds its way into fashion every season. Its’ a style that’s most commonly found in vintage ’70s maxi dresses, a trend continually reproduced for mainstream fashion purposes.
While the empire waist originated in high-fashion and formal wear of the ’60s, modern fashion has welcomed the empire to reign in its casual summer collections appropriate for casual weekends involving everything from a beach vacation getaway to a flexible, feminine look whilst grocery store shopping.