Topshop has gotten kind of obsessive with telling us that "mannish" things are big for Spring 09, or maybe we're obsessive for checking their online shop every day. Regardless! "Mannish tailoring" is our new replacement expression for "androgynous" which we can spell, but are tired of using. To that end, there is nothing more mannishly hot for Spring 09 than the extra-long boyfriend blazer. A thrifty shopper might make sure the thing can double as a dress which, much to our excitement, the Rodebjer version from our Seasoned Street photo shoot did.
Yesterday afternoon, while strolling the main drag of Bedford Avenue we popped into a shoe store that had four different kinds of penny loafers on display. A coincidence? We think not. There are some trends that quietly reflect the mood and financial means of the consumer and there are some that are downright literal and unabashed in their analogies. That said, we've long been fans of the penny loafer and have no objection to their newfound popularity. These classic flats came along at the right time as they'll look nice with the cropped trousers and androgynous looks we'll also see this fall. Our pick so far is this pair by Poly. Clocking in at just under $110, it's a fine way to jump on the trend. Having taken a look at the older brands who still make the shoe, like this one, we can say that you wouldn't find them for much less anyhow.
You've seen Rachel Bilson's Edie Rose for DKNY Jeans collection on the models and now you're seeing it on the designer. I have to say, I admire celebrity designers who actually wear their creations. Rachel promoted her new line over the weekend in Florida and decided to go the highly androgynous route in a black cropped blazer, menswear shirt with black tie from her collection, and a bowler hat. She kept the rest of her look casual with skinny jeans and black flats. What do you think? Is this a good look for her or does she look Charlie Chaplin silly?
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High-waist pants that have a gathered waistband, usually tied by a sash or belt made of the same fabric. The term originated because this new style of pant looks like the top of a paper bag. Skirts can also have the same paperbag-like detail. The moniker isn't appealing, but paperbag pants look great on tall girls who seek a comfortable androgynous look.
Get tied up with this Rag & Bone Paperbag Pant ($295).
How many actresses can say that a single movie role they played spawned a whole fashion movement? Playing Annie Hall was so natural for Diane Keaton, her personal style reflects what Annie would wear today, were she real. Yes, Diane has made a few fashion faux pas, but what risk-taker hasn't? If you don't take risks in fashion, you can't be in the running for a style icon. What's more, when Kate Moss is inspired by your style, you know you've got something special going on.
What attracts me to Diane's personal style is her ability to pull off androgynous looks with utter sophistication — like no other woman in Hollywood. She found a fashion genre that works for her, so she's stayed endlessly true to it. Not many fashion insiders have that much loyalty to one style. And I'm not the only one who sings Diane's praises; Rachel Bilson, who often dabbles with the boy-meets-girl style, looks up to her, too:
"Diane Keaton always stays true to herself, stylewise, which I admire so much. And I love her menswearish Annie Hall-era outfits," she said in Lucky Magazine's March issue.
I'm so glad Diane was chosen to portray Annie Hall, because in the hands of another actress, who knows if the menswear trend would live on so strongly today!
To see photos of Diane's best ensembles through the years, read more
Menswear-inspired pieces are huge for Fall and TheMissus is already on trend with her androgynous chic look. The black vest and white button down combo is classic, while the red shoes and blue bag add an unexpected twist.
Here's what she's wearing:
- Blouse: Anthropologie
- Vest: J.Crew
- Jeans: Paige Denim
- Shoes: Jimmy Choo
- Bag: Anthropologie
Congrats to TheMissus!
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