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Once upon a time, Old McDonald had a farm and boy was his wardrobe full of dungarees. From denim dungarees, to suede made ones - even impeccably-tailored boar printed dungarees. You name it, and he most probably has it. Nursery rhyme delusions and intentional puns aside, this spring, we’re all giving a nod to Old McDonald’s courageous ventures to a vogue-esque wonderland with the ever humble overalls. Previously used in the 1880s by the average factory worker as the typical work wear against the dirt and grimes of everyday work, these pair of denim garments have grown a long, long way since then. Designers not only relived this shabby garment as an affirmation to our once youthful days but have also reincarnated the essence of genuine shabby chic. The ingenuity of these designers paved the way into making these once lowly garments one of the most coveted luxuries by many. The assimilation of queer yet very complementary fabrics of the spring collections give rise to a new generation of posh flamboyance- neo-dungarees if I may call it. The brand Trussardi channeled reinvention in overalls through leather craftsmanship and earth-toned color choices. On the other hand, brands such as Milly, Whistles, Rag and Bone, and T by Alexander Wang are still at the forefront of the bandwagon with their monochromatic, blanc et noir color palette. My personal favorite; however, is the 10 Crosby Derek Lam modern interpretation of the ideal and modern overall. The sleekness of the garment and the elegance of its form make it the best ensemble whether you’re going to the streets or out to a fancy dinner. From sharp silhouettes to stylishly toned garments, who knows? The fashionably gifted might even create glamour out of your handy kitchen apron.
- Bea Ticsay
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If you were to ask me my top three favorite pieces of clothing, I'd say:
1. my denim jacket
2. my The Maine skull shirt and
3. my black high waisted skirt.
I adore the last item for so many reasons and I think every other celebrity feels the same way. Back in the day, high waisted bottoms were the norm but then low rise jeans were born. Luckily, they're back in style and they look even better than before.
5 Reasons Why High-Waisted Bottoms are Da Bomb:
1. They're versatile.
High waisted shorts at a concert? Why not. High waisted skirt at a party? Sure. High waisted pants at the mall? Perfect. Just the idea of getting to wear them wherever and whenever makes me giddy with excitement.
2. They work like magic.
If you're like me and you don't have an hour glass figure, high waisted bottoms may be the temporary solution since the cinched in band at the top and the flowy bottom gives the illusion that your waist is the tiniest part of your torso. And ever notice how hot Miley Cyrus's legs look in her high waisted daisy dukes? That's because it makes you look like your hips and waist are higher, making your legs look longer than they actually are. Voila!
3. They go with everything!
And I mean everything. You can pair them with sneakers, heels, muscle shirts, blouses, tank tops, button downs, plain t-shirts, blazers, sweaters, crop tops and the list goes on and on. You'll never run out of ideas on how to wear them!
4. They're timeless.
They'll never go out of style which makes it an investment.
5. They're comfy and cute.
Here's a riddle: what's girlier than a pastel colored skater skirt? Mhmm, I thought so. When you're having an "IDK what to wear but I still want to look trendy" day, simply pair high waisted shorts with a graphic tee and flats and you're set for the whole day!
If that didn't convince you then I don't know what else can. So I suggest that the next time you go to the mall, make sure to grab a pair high waisted shorts/skirt/jeans and make your closet happier.
- Victoria Urrutia
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GRUNGY, KOOKY, AND VIBRANT; The spring 2013 collections have certainly proved that they have all preserved the spirit of the 90s era. Shows have graced their catwalks with a lot of swank garments from crazy body-hugging crop tops to minimalistic color palettes; not to mention wrapped-around-the-waist-sweaters, and even dip dyed/photoesque apparel. While most designers like Oliver Theyskins (Theyskins’ Theory) and Alexander Wang opted to continue their design aesthetic as primarily being grungy and monochromatic, prêt-à-porter designers such Marc Jacobs and Mara Hoffman considered having vibrant and playful creations - adding variation to conventions. Cut-outs, high waists, bizarre textures and materials added a modern twist to the fad that was once. There is no doubt that we have given the 90s kids Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, and Claudia Schiffer a run for their sassy kickin' legacy.
Time traveling was also the season's creative flair as designers bring us back to a black and white spectacular. As opposed to the previous seasons that evoked a sense of eccentricity of wild prints and patterns, Spring ‘13 opens us to new doors - minimalism in color. Distinction is definitely present in execution as designer aesthetics ranging from grunge-eclectic to feminine-classic took a fair share of this sartorial craze. Designer brands such as Philip Lim and Tom Ford may have taken inspiration from athleticism. Miu Miu and Balenciaga translated ‘elegance’ into new terms with ruffled slits, fur coats, and pencil skirts. Marc Jacobs and Jill Sander exhibited geometric ingenuity with queer combinations of shapes and patterns. From wild patterns to classic combinations, fashion proves to be as fickle-minded as ever.
- Bea Ticsay
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Punk and Grunge are often mistaken as the same thing. Some even think that wearing a flannel shirt with some studs is already “punk” when really, it couldn’t be more different. Jean Paul Gaultier once said, “Grunge is nothing more than the way we dress when we have no money,” and that sentence is the best description of grunge that I can think of. Although grunge started out as a type of music, Marc Jacobs eventually introduced the grunge fashion style. When Marc Jacobs first released the notorious Spring 1993 Grunge collection, almost everyone immediately went against it claiming that it was “anti-fashion”. Grunge is literally dressing down in your most casual, to the point wherein you look like you just picked up whatever was on the floor of your room and then proceeded to put them on. Grunge is mostly a combination of literally anything, but flannel and beat-up boots are the most distinctive.
Punk is totally different from this. Just like grunge, punk is often associated with music. This also ended up influencing the punk fashion style. From ripped-up tops and bottoms to shaved and coloured hair, punk is totally meant to catch anyone’s attention. Most people find it weird and very daring, and the people who do these are often referred to as the “rebels” or whatnot because of their bold choices.
Punk and grunge may have taken a break from the spotlight for the past 10 years or so but they are definitely back this year. Designers from the New York Fashion Week last February surprised everyone with styles seemingly similar to the punk and grunge of the 90’s. Yes. At the same time. The world might explode because of all the angsty teen styles that it’ll be witnessing soon.
- Marian Plaza
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