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Suede Parade On Spring 2015 Runways

Gucci, Chloe, and Loewe.

Gucci, Chloe, and Loewe.

You’ll look sensational in suede separates.

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Who doesn’t love a 1970’s throwback? The soft and devilishly delicate form of leather is scheduled to make a comeback come Spring 2015. Jason Wu’s best look was a showstopping, semi-seafoam green dress with a deep v and high slit.

Jason Wu

Jason Wu

Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren sent out preppy but not prim suede suits in navy and forest green that I’m just dying to integrate into your workwear wardrobe. Derek Lam and Karen Walker had a more playful take, showing suede ensembles in pastel purple and sunny yellow.

Michael Kors Spring/Summer 2015

Michael Kors Spring/Summer 2015

2015’s suede designs are distinctive not just in their hue and material, but in their modest formality. Altuzarra, Ralph Lauren, and Jason Wu created office-optimal suede dresses ready to revive weary working women and animate ambitious upstarts. The matching suede sets seen at Michael Kors and Derek Lam mix the structure of a suit with retro cheekiness to delightful results.

Altuzarra

Altuzarra

T Magazine of The NYT traced the linerage of next Season’s strong streak of suede:

The material was first spotted in New York at Derek Lam, but it really started to trend in Milan. At Gucci, the creative director Frida Giannini presented a boho-charged collection of floral, beaded minidresses, colored fur vests and the suede belted dress above, that looked straight out of the brand’s archives. Yesterday in Paris, the designer Claire Waight Keller introduced a similar silhouette on the Chloé runway: a shorter, belted jacket paired with shorts. And finally at Loewe, the British designer Jonathan Anderson used leather and suede heavily in his debut show for the Spanish luxury leather-goods brand — which peaked with this buff suede trench coat with wide-leg trousers. The bag reinforced the message loud and clear: suede is in.

Head to toe suede might seem intimidating at first, but don’t be discouraged: there are plenty of ways to make this look modern and convenient for any girl on the go. Since suede is naturally a loose, thin fabric, you’re going to want to add form with clean lines and solid structure.

 

Box On Top: Wearing The Boxy T Trend For Summer & Fall 2014

Boxy Tees are a flexible and surprisingly sophisticated top to try.

Joseph Quilted Cotton Jersey Top, Theory Striped Leather Top, Topshop MOTO Bleach Denim Boxy Shirt, rag & bone ODA top.

Joseph Quilted Cotton
Jersey Top, Theory Striped Leather Top, Topshop MOTO Bleach Denim Boxy Shirt, rag & bone ODA top.

Just last week, we discussed the 60’s mod trend taking high to low fashion by storm. But the mod mania isn’t limited to micro-minis and bold, eye-catching, retro inspired prints; shape and structure is also vital when incorporation mod into the modern wardrobe. Next Season’s silhouettes are saturated with irreverently geometric shapes from head to toe. One less discussed but ultra chic variation of 60’s structure is the humble yet universally flattering boxed top 3.1 Phillip Lim, Marc Jacobs, Peter Som, Tibi, and Calvin Klein sent models down the Spring/Summer 2014 Runways in square shaped tops. boxtop1 On the retail side, the affordable angels at Zara and Topshop are selling especially fantastic fast fashion renditions of the box top trend. Square, slouchy, and slightly off the shoulder tee shirts impeccably combine form with function. When searching for a box top of your own, veer towards a saturated solid or minimalist color blocking to compliment the unfussy square shape. The hem should be slightly cropped, not so much as to reveal belly button, but not so long that it reaches the top of your pants or skirt.

Zara Printed Shirt With Asymmetric Hem, Tibi Simona Jacquard Cropped Top, ASOS T-Shirt in Hawaiian Print

Zara Printed Shirt With Asymmetric Hem, Tibi Simona Jacquard Cropped Top, ASOS T-Shirt in Hawaiian Print

The best part of a square top is it allows you to play with proportions. Pair with polished trousers or a fully, swingy maxi skirt to elegantly contrast slouch with structure. Or, for a flirtier ensemble that shows off your waist, tuck the boxed top into a high waisted skirt or skinny jeans. Although a boxy top flourishes in the office because of it’s structured polish, it’s outrageous flexibility offers a myriad of casual options.

 Jamie Chung of What The Chung?

Jamie Chung of What The Chung?

A perfect laid back weekend day to night ensemble might pair a pale, pastel cropped boxy top with those perfectly weathered boyfriend jeans in a light wash. Roll up the cuffs, add a low heeled leather bootie or printed flat, and throw on a panama hat and you’ve got your go to gear for Brunch, Farmer’s Markets, and sunny strolls down shop lined streets. 

Here are 3 commandments for rocking a box top

1. If you’re pairing a box top with slouchier, looser bottoms, make sure the top is cropped or at least on the shorter side.

Danielle Bernstein of We Wore What

Danielle Bernstein of We Wore What

A too long box top will drown your figure if paired with similarly wide garments!

2. When the temperature drops, try laying a crisp button up over your boxy top for that Serena Van Der Woodsen at Constance chic.

Julie Sarinana of Sincerely, Jules

Julie Sarinana of Sincerely, Jules

Pair with a mini skirt or shorts with tights to keep it sexy and contrasting. 

3. A perfectly polished work ensemble is a boxy top paired with a pencil skirt and delicate accessories.

Zina Charkoplia of Fashionvibe

Zina Charkoplia of Fashionvibe

Feminine, yet take charge! 

Stylehaüs has some superb boxy tops that are on point with this trend.

Check it: 

 1. Lauren Stucky

Short Sleeved Crop Top with an Open Back $273

Short Sleeved Crop Top with an Open Back
$273

2. AS by DF

Chantal Tee  $135

Chantal Tee
$135

3. Addison

Printed T-Shirt in Green $148

Printed T-Shirt in Green
$148

4. Kalmanovich

Striped Crop Top  $959

Striped Crop Top
$959

5. AS by Df

Safe and Sound Leather Top $395

Safe and Sound Leather Top
$395