Now, I know that I’ve made comments about how too many designers have taken influence from the senventies lately, but that’s because they have! Everyone from Dries Van Noten, Derek Lam, and Elie Tahari has drawn inspiration from the era. Some good, some bad, and some too literal. But I have to say that one thing did stay consistent collection to collectino: the fresh yet old-school vibe of the wide-leg trouser.
With that said, move over skinny jeans, there’s a new look in town and it isn’t skin tight!
Photo: Yannis Vlamos / GoRunway.com / Derek Lam S/S 2011
Skinnies have dominated the fashion world for what seems like forever, so in true fashion fashion there was bound to be a change. I think that we can all agree the transition started with the introduction of the boyfriend jean and then the harem pant, which gave way to a more relaxed and wider-set silhouette. But let’s be honest, everyone knows that they–as well as the skinny–are not always the most flattering.
So, what better timing for the come-back of the wide-leg trouser, right? Unlike the more slouchy look of the harem pant and the overall baggy aesthetic of the boyfriend jean, the wide-leg has a more streamlined and sophisticated look, not to mention that it flatters a lot more different body types. The higher rise helps to define the waist while the wide cut elongates the legs, making for a really graceful but sexy silhouette.
Now I’m not saying that this doesn’t have the potential to go completely wrong. I mean, too much of anything can result in some pretty bad looks. But done in a clean, and–as I always say–simple yet effective way the wide-leg has the potentiality of being the next ‘must have’ denim style.
The question is, are you ready to ditch your skin tight companions? What do you think? Is it really time to say goodbye to your skinnies?
Tags: Derek Lam, Dries Van Noten, Elie Tahari, wide-leg denim
??? Custom and ready-made jewelry boutique Linhardt Design Studio celebrates its one-year anniversary. 156 First Ave., nr. 9th St. (917-748-9000); 6??“9.
??? The Madewell stores in Soho and East Hampton are offering a selection of vintage clothing and accessories curated from the Brooklyn Flea. The Soho location is throwing an in-store party, including pupusas from the Red Hook food vendors, Nunu chocolates, Salvatore Bklyn cannolis and cheeses, and Brooklyn Brew Shop’s “Madewell Microbrew.” 486 Broadway St., at Broome St. (212-226-6954); 6??“8.
??? Bijules is hosting an exclusive trunk show of the Rock Collection at Henri Bendel. Pieces range from $180 to $550. Through 6/27. 712 Fifth Ave., nr. 56th St. (212-247-1100); Th??“S (10??“8).
??? Anthropologie exhibits the work of artist, designer, and feminist icon Vera Neumann. RSVP to email@example.com. 50 Rockefeller Plz., nr. 50th St. (212-246-0386); 5??“7.
??? Celebrate the third anniversary of women’s lifestyle network Ladies Lotto at the Tribeca Grand Hotel with an open bar, photo booths, art installations, and special performances. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. 2 Sixth Ave., nr. Walker St. (212-519-6600); 10 p.m.
??? Dresses are 75 percent off and handbags are 50 percent off at Ilus. Through 6/29. 248 Elizabeth St., nr. Prince St. (646-454-1678); M??“F (noon??“7), S (noon??“6), Su (noon??“5).
??? Shop discounted ruby- and white-sapphire-studded jewelry from Erica Weiner as well as one-of-a-kind samples and vintage overstock items from TG170 at the joint sample sale. Through 6/25. 170 Ludlow St., nr. Stanton St. (212-995-8660); 6??“9.
??? Spring 2009 and Resort 2008 essentials are on sale at Derek Lam. A silk tank dress is $550 (originally $1,790). Through 6/26. 601 W. 26th St., nr. Eleventh Ave., Ste. 1750 (212-929-1338); T??“F (10??“6).
??? Lingerie and intimates-inspired clothes are on sale at Only Hearts. A lace shift dress is $75 (originally $132) and a cap-sleeve blouse is now $25 (originally $90). Items from Princesse Tam Tam and Rebecca Minkoff will be on sale as well. Through 6/28. 230 Mott St., nr. Prince St. (212-431-3694); Th??“S (noon??“8), Su (noon??“7).
??? Enjoy deep discounts on vacation essentials at Matta. Cotton wrap dresses are $92, handmade leather sandals are $30, batik silk dresses are $108. 286 Lafayette St., nr. Houston St. (212-343-9399); T??“Th (11:30??“7).
??? Jane Marvel??™s all-purpose bags, messengers, and weekenders are up to 50 percent off. 499 Seventh Ave., at 37th St. (212-380-2225); T??“Th (10??“7).
??? Noir??™s bold, bright jewelry samples are on sale for up to 50 percent off. 350 W. 38th St., nr. Ninth Ave., fifth fl. (212-244-4846); T??“Th (10??“7).
??? Savvy & Co. is hosting a Bulga handbag sample sale, offering bags for up to 70 percent off. The sale will also run online at TheSavvy.com from 6/24 at noon to 6/27 at midnight. 145 W. 18th St., nr. Seventh Ave. (212-388-0339); W (8??“8), Th (10??“8).
??? Roberto Cavalli ready-to-wear and couture are up to 80 percent off. 135 W. 18th St., nr. Sixth Ave.; T??“Th (11??“8).
–Nikki Cho Russo
Tags: Anthropologie, Bijules, Brooklyn Flea, Bulga, Derek Lam, Henri Bendel, Ilus, Jane Marvel, Madewell, Matta, Only Hearts, Red Hook food vendors, Roberto Cavalli, Savvy & Co, TG170, Tribeca Grand Hotel, Voir