spotted: Hedi Slimane started showing scarves on the
spring 2015 Saint Laurent runway. Models wore thin
scarves tied around their necks in an effortless, rock
‘n’ roll manner. Now, they’re being worn as
thicker bandannas and thin, silky versions tied in bows,
often paired with chokers and reinforcing the neck and
shoulder areas as the focal point of the body that’s
in fashion at the moment. Lanvin, Gucci and Rodarte
included a lot of neck scarves in their spring 2016
power: "This is a very easy way to add texture and
personalized effect to an outfit," says Penny
Lovell, Los Angeles-based fashion stylist to Anne
Hathaway and Taylor Schilling. The neck scarf still has
the ’70s vibe that dominates in fashion now but can be
subtle, depending on the style chosen.
to best wear them: "It’s more of an attitude than
a trend," says Chutney Hunter, head buyer of
designer ready-to-wear, shoes and handbags at Pacific
Palisades boutique Elyse Walker. "There are no
rules: Layer or tie them on with T-shirts, day dresses
or with your favorite slip gown."
spotted: Designer Phoebe Philo and her fashion pack have
a penchant for wearing crisp white Adidas Stan Smith
sneakers. Along with Adidas, brands including Asics,
Puma, Saint Laurent, Jil Sander, Vans and Nike have
increased their white sneaker offerings.
power: The fresh look of the Stan Smith has evolved into
the footwear item for appearing like an in-the-know
style-setter while remaining comfortable. It won’t be
surprising if this sneaker trend stays around longer
than, say, the 5-inch platform stilettos, popular
several years ago. "We are now at a point where
literally any outfit can be modernized by a simple white
sneaker," said Red Godfrey, vice president of the
fashion office for Seattle-based retailer Nordstrom.
"It is a classic, and after its fashion fandom
moves on, you’ve still got a great pair of sneakers
for weekend walks and workouts."
to best wear them: "Mixing sportswear with more
classic pieces is very now," Lovell says. That
means sneakers are being paired with athleisure looks,
as well as jeans, skirts and long dresses.
spotted: On the runways at Gucci and Phillip Lim, and on
off-duty models swapping out their bulky black leather
moto jackets for borrowed-from-the-boys outerwear. Now,
silky, more feminine versions like those from Gucci are
being worn as the updated take on toughness.
power: "The bomber jacket is the sneaker of the
apparel world," Godfrey says. "Throw it on
over anything, and look instantly and effortlessly cool.
It’s comfy, youthful, practical, easy to dress down or
dress up or borrow from the boyfriend."
to best wear them: Use a bomber to add a pop of color, a
bold print or a military look with a slight twist,