I’ve had a crush on tulle since my days as a prepubescent ballerina, and if anything, my feelings on the material have only deepened in the intervening years. However, never has the diaphanous fabric felt so fresh and so fashionable as it does in the hands of Molly Goddard. This visionary Central Saint Martins-taught designer first revealed the modernity of tulle to me with her Spring 2016 collection, and ever since then I’ve been spotting yards of the brightly colored stuff sashaying down runways from Gucci to Dior (and strutting conspicuously down sidewalks on the likes of Rihanna).
Sequins are no stranger to the red carpet. In fact, along with glamour and elegance, sparkles have been a mainstay on the awards show circuit since Mary Pickford wore a beautifully embellished dress to accept her Best Actress Oscar at the second-ever Academy Awards in 1930. But this year glimmered brighter than most. Alongside the lace that’s been so popular of late and the Old Hollywood fit-and-fare silhouettes that are always a hit, dresses cloaked in monochromatic sequins from top to toe were a big hit.
That most Parisian of head-toppers is back, and I blame Bella, Blair and Alessandro. It seems that when the newly minted creative director of Gucci and grower of Christ-like hair brought crazy-grandma glasses, flower-topped neck ties and all-around joyous kitsch back to the center of what’s in style, he brought berets along with him.
Let’s take a trip, shall we, back to the Gucci Fall 2015 runway, the freshman womenswear show for the hero of our story. Where under Frida Giannini there once was slicked-back hair and a barely restrained sex appeal there now was a sense of indie romance with a cherry-hued beret on top. And I’m not mad about it. I’ve had a bright red beret—you know, I’m starting off classic—sitting on my Nordstrom Wish List for the past couple of months, and now that the weather is finally cooling down, I think I’m ready to pull the trigger.
Which brings me to the final reason I’m ready to embrace this trend with open arms: there’s a certain militaristic smartness about the look that I find especially appealing in a time of hot Hamilton tickets and a bandolier-clad Beyonce. Come to think of it, I’m also in the market for a sharply tailored military jacket—but that’s another blog post for another week.
Scroll down for plenty of well-styled inspiration and a round-up of shoppable berets.
After you’ve absorbed as much styling inspiration as you care to, scroll through these shoppable berets to make the look your own. Then tip your hat at Cher as you skip out the door, as chic as a gosh darn French woman strolling home from the Chanel show.
We know that the mind of Karl Lagerfeld contains many magical and mysterious things: glamour shots of his beloved Choupette, images of perfectly stacked bookshelves, chocolate sculptures of beautiful men and little furry monsters. And now, we can add statement handbag straps covered in candy-colored studs to that wonderful list. I first encountered the Fendi Strap You collection at work and immediately thought three things:
1. I want that. 2. I obviously can’t spend $1,000 on a strap that doesn’t even come with a bag to clip it to. 3. It’s only a matter of time before this concept trickles its way down to us non-heiresses. As of now, Marc Jacobs and Rebecca Minkoff are offering affordable takes on the statement strap (both of which are pictured below), but until the fast-fashion world catches up, here are a few of my favorite designer takes on this trend to watch.
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To some, polka dots conjure images of Minnie Mouse and wholesome charm, but to me, they represent seduction, grace and the power of the feminine form. And I think that’s because I most immediately associate them with the traditional traje de flamenco—the most famous version of the dress worn by the traditional dancers of Andalusia. Polka dots of white or black pattern these stunningly tiered and flared silhouettes, adding an extra dose of visual movement to the swirling layers.
Although polka dots have been en vogue in some form since the 1920s, this combination of spots and tiered ruffles feels suddenly fresh and desirable. I first took note of this trend after falling in love with the Spanish-inspired Dolce & Gabbana SS2015 show, and I’ve since been seeing spots everywhere I look. On the diaphanous pleats of a sheer chiffon halter top, atop the mesh tiers of a layered tulle midi skirt and even on the pristine white culottes worn by Olivia Palermo herself.
So scroll down as far as you dare, and take in the best examples of flamenco-inspired polka dots the internet has to offer. If, like me, this particular selection of photos makes you itch to spangle yourself with spots, you can shop some of my polka dotted pics in the widget at the end.
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