Here Are The New Classics From Spring/Summer Fashion Month
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Great style is forever, but sometimes, even the greatest of styles need a little change-up. Reinvention is the spice of life, right?
Luxury can be as simple as having the freedom to play with new takes on everyday classics. If the shoe fits, buy it in every color, but also: Why not take that shoe and reimagine it a little? Why not wear a fanny pack as an off-kilter quasi-off-the-shoulder messenger bag? A nightgown as formal wear? Go for it. Stand back and consider how a garment—or even a car—can have new life breathed into it. Land Rover did it with the 2018 Range Rover Velar, an updated take on its 1978 three-door Classic Range Rover, and plenty of designers from fashion month did it with a myriad of pieces of their own.
While some designers completely deconstructed silhouettes, like suits and ball gowns, others sought simplicity in refinement. From the Velar to Fenty x Puma, elegance was found within nuance and instinct. These updates to the classics make sense because they show an embracing of change and an acknowledgment that the times have, indeed, changed. Why stay stuck in the past when the future is rife with possibility and excitement? Oh, the places the following new styles will take you.
The New AthleisureFashion sweats got a major update, with more designers embracing the rip-away trend and pairing of the style with stilettos (Pam & Gela), and Rihanna designed flip-flop heels this season. Flip! Flop! Heels! Only Fenty x Puma could pull that off. And then, you have the playful patterns of Anya Hindmarch that make your traditional monochrome comfy-chic uniform look dull.
The New Fanny PackFashion loves to flip the script on traditional ways of wearing something. For years it's been the whole draping your jacket over your shoulder thing, but this year, the fanny pack moved away from the fanny. Some designers sent the single-strap bag cinched at the waist like a chunky belt from the early 2000s (Rochas) down the runway while others favored the fanny pack as shoulder bag/front backpack look (Alexander Wang and House of Holland).
The New Cool Girl UniformIt's hard to reimagine the ultimate Cool Girl look of blue jeans and a white tee, but designers did. From Lacoste's sailor-inspired hardware and baggier silhouettes to Sandy Liang's chaps and downtown-punk accessorizing, the new Cool Girl is all about embracing eccentricities. Just look at Y/Project's expert use of florals.
The New Little Black DressThe LBD is a wardrobe staple, if only for its simplicity and elegance. This year, however, saw blazer-inspired takes on the cut (Jacquemus) and deconstructed slips cut with special reveals and new material (Lanvin). Meanwhile, Saint Laurent sent disco glam takes down the runway that were as flashy as they were classic.
The New TrenchElongated sleeves with straightjacket straps made for exciting new versions of the classic outerwear essential. Gabriele Colangelo's periwinkle vibes softened the edginess of the exaggerated silhouettes, while MSGM went for a full-on reinvention of the style, keeping its signature buttons and double-breast construction but making it all about oversized, baggy shapes. Maison Margiela, however, tightened the look up with contrasting materials and eye-catching military embellishments.