The Lace is On!

Hearing the word “lace” may conjure up images of frilly and fancy frocks, but the material that first made it’s appearance in the late 15th century, is now back on the fashion scene with a colorful splash (in nearly every color of the rainbow, no less!).  No longer relegated to basic black or white, countless designers are finding ways to work it into their collections (so that you can partake in the trend without looking like an extra on the set of Downton Abbey). The key is to be adventurous with the cuts and colors of the pieces in question, and keep the styling and accessories classic to provide just the right balance. Here are a few options that I particularly love and would wear…

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Hearing the word “lace” may conjure up images of frilly and fancy frocks, but the material that first made it’s appearance in the late 15th century, is now back on the fashion scene with a colorful splash (in nearly every color of the rainbow, no less!).  No longer relegated to basic black or white, countless designers are finding ways to work it into their collections (so that you can partake in the trend without looking like an extra on the set of Downton Abbey).

The key is to be adventurous with the cuts and colors of the pieces in question, and keep the styling and accessories classic to provide just the right balance.

Here are a few options that I particularly love and would wear abandon — depending on the depth of my ever-changing mood.

—Jessie Artigue of Style and Pepper

Multi-colored

Trina Turk, Wren and Nanette Lepore.

 

Pastel

Shoshanna, Diane von Furstenberg and Candela.

 

Flirty

Tadashi Shoji, Alice + Olivia and Laundry by Shelli Segal.

 

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See more color-infused lace in The Trendcaster.

 


Lord Dada

Phillip Lim’s fascination with Dadaism and the Cut-Up technique led to some pretty fierce clothes for spring

Is it grunge? Is it girly? Perhaps this is exactly what Phillip Lim wants us to do — keep guessing. This spring, the designer’s collection — we especially loved the moto jackets— takes inspiration from “cut-up,” a literary technique of the Dadaists, in which they rearranged words in a sentence, creating random text. Here, the designer tells us about his eclectic take on spring’s mix and match trend: SaksPOV: You have described your spring collection as an exploration. Phillip Lim: Spring 2013 was an exploration into the notion of ‘Cut-Up,’ a literary technique, which can be traced back to the Dadaists of the 1920’s. I interpreted this in clothing by manipulating and reassembling garments to create a non-linear alternative to the original.  Fabrics were cut-up…

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Is it grunge? Is it girly? Perhaps this is exactly what Phillip Lim wants us to do — keep guessing. This spring, the designer’s collection — we especially loved the moto jackets— takes inspiration from “cut-up,” a literary technique of the Dadaists, in which they rearranged words in a sentence, creating random text. Here, the designer tells us about his eclectic take on spring’s mix and match trend:

SaksPOV: You have described your spring collection as an exploration.
Phillip Lim: Spring 2013 was an exploration into the notion of ‘Cut-Up,’ a literary technique, which can be traced back to the Dadaists of the 1920’s. I interpreted this in clothing by manipulating and reassembling garments to create a non-linear alternative to the original.  Fabrics were cut-up and folded-in to create a push and pull tension between street and polish.

SaksPOV: Your moto jackets have us entranced! Tell us about it.
P.L.: It’s an unexpected  [use of material]— with detailing that has a real hand so there is a softness to it. It’s still a biker at its core, but it has buoyancy that makes it stand aside from the rest. The silk material added the feminine to a traditionally masculine piece — the ribbing gives the jacket a lightness in the way it moves with the body.

SaksPOV: Who do you envision wearing it?
P.L.: That’s the great thing about it — its versatile. It can be thrown over something casual as well as be dressed up. I love to see how people interpret it. The 3.1 customer is someone who knows who they are and isn’t afraid to make a statement about it.

 

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See the 3.1 Phillip Lim Editorial Event on Saks.com.

 


Get Your Moto Running

Sara Zucker takes us for a ride in one of the hottest spring trends

Punxsutawney Phil said that spring is coming and temperatures have risen a few degrees in NYC, which means that you’re likely preparing to move into a new season. With that in mind, might I suggest a style of outerwear perfect for the transition? What is it? The motorcycle jacket — “moto” for short — was originally designed to keep bikers warm during long outdoor rides but quickly became a favorite of hard-partying musicians and their hangers-on. It looks great when layered with sweaters or hoodies and adds a subtle dash of masculinity to any outfit, dressy or casual, and for those reasons alone it has become a staple for both fashion industry insiders across the board — editors, models, and even regular everyday people. How can…

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Punxsutawney Phil said that spring is coming and temperatures have risen a few degrees in NYC, which means that you’re likely preparing to move into a new season. With that in mind, might I suggest a style of outerwear perfect for the transition?

What is it?
The motorcycle jacket — “moto” for short — was originally designed to keep bikers warm during long outdoor rides but quickly became a favorite of hard-partying musicians and their hangers-on. It looks great when layered with sweaters or hoodies and adds a subtle dash of masculinity to any outfit, dressy or casual, and for those reasons alone it has become a staple for both fashion industry insiders across the board — editors, models, and even regular everyday people.

How can you wear it?
When pairing a moto with an outfit on the weekend, simply toss it over a soft, loose tee and your favorite pair of skinnies. Keep the look’s composure with simple, quality flats rather than beat-up sneakers, which will make your outfit appear lazy instead of purposefully tough. For a fancier occasion, give a nod to the greats of rock and roll and/or Harley-Davidson by wearing the jacket over a cocktail dress and peep toe booties. Add a feminine statement necklace to balance things out.

Styles shown above (clockwise) are by Acne, Rebecca Taylor, Helmut Lang, and Rag & Bone.

 

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See the Saks Fifth Avenue Spring EDIT.