We've been tracking the New York Fashion Week runways so you don't have to, absorbing just enough of the trends so we can dress for the season ahead looking like we're semi-aware of what's happening in the world of fashion.
There have been plenty of WTF moments on and off the catwalk - from questionable sponsorships to an explosion of trends destined to be a hit with the young, fun, Nasty Gal-shopping set, but risky for anyone over the age of 25.
Why is the fashion world always coaxing us to wear weird, unflattering things? Why is this industry determined to make us look like a bunch of baby adults?
We don't believe in age caps on fashion, but we also don't believe in resurrecting trends that ought to be left buried underneath our Ken Done sweatshirts and Fiorucci tees back in 1996.
First, there was the return of the crop top. Okay, perhaps 'return' isn't quite the right word, considering crop tops have been elbowing their way back into our wardrobes for the past three seasons now.
The '90s redux trend, which has been enthusiastically tried on for size by kids not old enough to remember it the first time around, lived on at Peter Som, Gregory Parkinson and Richard Chai Love this week. Unfortunately, you need abs about as hard as Mickey Rourke's to pull them off.
The '90s vibe continued, in a distinct Kate Moss meets Calvin Klein kind of way, at Rag & Bone. Designers David Neville and Marcus Wainwright presented a classic slip dress - clean, minimalist, iridescent and dangerously teetering into lingerie territory.
Helmut Lang broke up the black and white of its collection with a sheer, panelled, fuchsia number, while Tess Giberson created a relatively inoffensive navy version with an asymmetrical hemline. If you've been blessed with a bod like Kate Moss's, then by all means attempt to trick us into considering this a real dress. Everybody else steer clear.
(Wait a gosh-darn minute: Is that a spaghetti strap halter we see on the catwalk? We suppose it's only a matter of time before crimped hair and tattoo chokers hit the comeback trail, too.)
We considered it for a brief second, but have firmly decided that overalls are not an item we're keen to reintroduce into our wardrobes.
On certain off-duty models, they exude effortless, tomboy style, but anyone with hips and boobs will find them rather difficult to pull off. And it's not just your standard denim dungarees you ought to be wary of. Neville and Wainwright from Rag & Bone - God love 'em - came out with a pair in cream leather.
The comfort and style-rocketing trend factor does not make up for the fact that you could, to borrow another line from the 90's favourite Clueless, "be a farmer in those clothes".
- Daily Life
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