Back to the Future: Brands Bank on Old Favorites for a New Crop of Shoppers

LONDON — Fashion is having a flashback as retailers plunder brands’ archives and luxury giants revitalize their greatest hits — the Fendi Baguette, the Dior Saddle Bag, the Prada flame and banana prints, to name a few — and mine the past for future profits.
Versace continues to pump out pieces from its successful Tribute collection, an explosion of Nineties gold baroque prints and flashy hardware that debuted in Milan last year on supermodels including Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Carla Bruni and Claudia Schiffer.
Prada’s flame print has been licking its way across limited-edition tops and shoes, while Mr Porter revived the brand’s quirky bowling shirts in April. The Helmut Lang brand is reintroducing replicas of the original jeans the designer pioneered when he still helmed the brand, while Maison Alaïa is offering reeditions of designs from 1988, 1989 and 1993 on the brand’s web site.
Then there’s Marc Jacobs who, as reported, is this month set to deliver a full-on grunge collection for resort that harks back to his spring 1993 outing for Perry Ellis. Those seminal designs, which famously got him and his partner Robert Duffy fired, cemented Jacobs’ position as a maverick.Fine jewelry and sneaker brands are getting in on the action, too: Last year,

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Gwyneth Paltrow Presents Newest Crop of ‘Trend-Proof’ Goop Label Pieces in NYC

While Gwyneth Paltrow is a year into designing clothes for her brand, Goop Label, she maintains that the mix of chunky cashmere sweaters, pique blouses and tweed shift dresses isn’t at all fashion.
“It’s really the opposite of fashion,” said Paltrow at her first preview of the line in New York on Thursday. “We’re not trying to move the needle.”
Wearing a navy velvet pantsuit of her own design and white sneakers, Paltrow walked WWD through the newest pieces, which start at $ 195 and go up to $ 1,395. New looks include dark-rinse wide-leg jeans, a cargo parka with a fake fur hood and a camel coat made from Loro Piana cashmere.
“Everything we make at Goop comes out of a white space; it’s like that with our skin care,” said Paltrow. “I love designer fashion, I’m a fan, but it’s so incredibly expensive. My point was, is there an under $ 600 version of that blazer that’s made in the same factory in Italy? It turns out, yeah. The idea of it is, how do you respect the modern woman and make beautiful designer clothing that’s trend-proof?”
From Paltrow’s “white space” came a black silk mock turtleneck jumpsuit that would be a no-brainer for an office holiday party,

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Ciara Cuts Her Hair! The Singer Debuts a Bold New Crop at the MTV VMA Awards

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After months of championing swingy lengths of hip-grazing hair, Ciara shocked the red carpet at tonight’s MTV Video Music Awards by debuting a dramatically abbreviated new crop. Making a slick counterpart to her black fringed dress, the singer’s obsidian bob fell bluntly along her collarbone. Flat ironed to perfection and giving off a reflective mirror-like sheen, the effect was amplified by her luminous complexion, deep smoky cat eye, and cheekbone-sharpening contouring. Short hair for fall? Just another reason Ciara is the ultimate beauty rule breaker.

 

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6 It Girls on the Body Sculpting Secrets to Wearing a Crop Top

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Crop top mania can be one of summer’s greatest pleasures, as proven by fashionable women like Sofía Sanchez de Betak, Hannah Bronfman, and Lily Kwong, who are often spotted baring a swath of abdomen on the beach, the street, and in the front row. According to these stylish subjects, the success of exposing your midriff has more to do with a way of life than it does with hitting the genetic jackpot. “Crop tops are one of the best motivations for fitness,” says Sama Khadra, who is among a tribe of street style stars who focus on daily core workouts, and a few trompe l’oeil secrets, as the path to sartorial freedom. Here, they talk about the benefits of self-tanner, the beauty of side bends, and the forgiving nature of a well-conceived pant.

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Rihanna Queen of Crop Over

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Crop Over was this past weekend, which to this Trini is Barbados’ version of Carnival; to me that translates to great fetes (parties), good food, drinks, music, liming (hanging out), costumes, glitter, and unadulterated fun. I have never been to Crop Over although I have always wanted to check out the Bajan version of the festival, experience how the Bajans does fete and ting, how they get down. I mean, really experience a part of their culture. In the recent years, I have noticed that a few popular Trini parties have expanded their brand not just to Barbados, but to Jamaica, Canada, and Miami, and this coming together for the sake of carnival in different countries really warms my little heart. People coming together in love and unity for any purpose, even if it’s to party, lifts my spirit, both inside the Caribbean or the wider world; but when I see it happening in the Caribbean, it makes me especially proud as I am from there.

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Rihanna of course was the star of Crop Over, and she never disappoints. Her costume from the carnival band Zulu International was gorgeous. But it is not just Rihanna’s costume or celebrity that makes her a star in my eyes. It’s her love of life and her love of family and friends, her ability to live her life by her rules and no one else’s that makes her a Caribbean Girl and as captioned in the above pic: a Black Girl to be proud of. The way she interacts with her fans and people on the whole is to be commended.

But can we talk about that caption for a minute? “Black iz Beautiful”, that she identifies as black and does not go out of her way to say she is mixed, or her family has some kind of European heritage in the family tree; that she doesn’t play up her eye color or skin shade to identify and signify being a red woman is very powerful and endearing. As I casually scrolled down Instagram whizzing by all the pics, I instantly stopped when I saw that pic and its caption. I sat there for a long time just staring at the pic: at the joy, exuberance, beauty, confidence, fierceness, and friendship that the pic depicted. And then for her to claim her blackness unabashedly when this world teaches us to be ashamed of our melanin is astounding.

I may not have always been her biggest fan; I may have and I am embarrassed to admit this, judged her as “oh she is too vulgar,” “oh, she is looking for attention with all that nakedness.” And I am embarrassed to have judged her and others when we all have our struggles and trials, and we all make our mistakes and we all don’t think the same way. Isn’t it a much better option to love and try to understand another than to stand in judgement and disapproval? We don’t like it when we are judged, but we do it all the time. I know they say it’s human nature, but I think it may actually be learned behavior. I say this because when I observe little children or babies, all I see when they see other children is a sense of wonder and curiosity–not judgment. They want to touch, see, taste the new object or person, to understand it.

Moreover, as I read some of the comments under Crop Over pictures on Instagram, most were positive, but you know, there are always the few that spew hate. I read one that called her whore and made fun of her beautiful distinct accent, and I thought myself, really? All I got from her pics were beauty, and happy, fun times, but I think that’s where the cultural divide appears because although I had been guilty of judging her in the past for her very revealing outfits, it was not based on her carnival apparel. Rather, I was judging her club outfits or awards outfits. Having been a masquerader in my home country and Miami, and a longtime observant of the subtle particulars of mas design in women’s costumes, I was enamored with Rihanna’s costume. I loved how the jewels gleamed in the sunlight and the unique color combo employed. She looked great and stunning in all her regalia. How someone got whore from that confused me.

Now, that is not to say that I have never seen a costume and said to myself “but where is the rest of that costume”, or “that is not a costume, it’s strings she is wearing” because I have; however, I did not get that at all from Rihanna’s attire. As I pondered about it more, I understood that to someone looking in and not having grown up with the culture of carnival that her dancing and strutting with confidence in her body and self may be perceived differently. But for those of us that grew up with the culture, carnival is the time of year where good girls could be bad and not be judged or stigmatized as a result of said behavior. It’s the time of year that you can let loose and dress up and glitter up and have a blast; it does not make us whores.

In many societies in the Caribbean, where the colonial way of thinking still strongly lingers, and everyone is watching what everyone else is doing and talking about it, women are told they should behave in a particular manner from early on (this societal watching has both good and bad benefits but will be addressed further at a later date). So, yes, you want to make sure you make your parents proud and not give anyone anything to run back and talk about. Carnival is our freedom from that. Do I always care for some of the vulgar dancing, myself? No. But do I label a person a whore because of it? Also, no. The furthest I might go with judginess is to say that they crave attention (which in itself is wrong, and I am getting much better at not doing this. However, it takes a lot of practice), but most times I think, wow she’s having a frolicking good time.

I cannot close this article without addressing the body shaming comments being flung at Rihanna. I have read everything from she is fat and looks like a fridge, too she looks bad bodied. Although we all have our own perceptions of what beauty is, to subject others to our sometimes unrealistic standards is disheartening to say the least. Again, beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, but really by any standards, she looked absolutely divine.

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My point is I rate Rihanna, so BIG UP YOURSELF!!!! YUH LARGE GYUL!!! Caribbean girl to Caribbean girl, black girl to black girl, woman to woman, person to person, global citizen to global citizen, human to human, I admire her style and grace to be herself under pressure, to be herself with the whole world watching her, to live and enjoy life on her terms which speaks to her strength. I think we all could learn a thing or two from Rihanna, beyond what it takes to be a Caribbean girl, but also as a human being, and what it means to embrace what we all have in common–being human, because you see at the end of it all, we have more in common than we do in our differences.

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Zendaya in a Chic Take on the Crop Top and Culotte

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If you weren’t wearing a onesie this summer then you were in culottes. Every fashion-conscious A-lister including Victoria Beckham, Rihanna, Kendall Jenner, Katie Holmes, and singer FKA twigs tried her hand at the look this season in varying textures and prints, but spotted out earlier today in New York, singer Zendaya brought a whole new attitude to the abridged ensemble.

The eighteen-year-old cut a lean figure while on the street keeping things fresh and youthful but with a polished twist. The trick to achieving this balance is through the right fit, cut, and accessories. Zendaya’s criss-cross bandeau top provides interesting geometry and hints at skin, while high-waisted, flared culottes provide a voluminous counterpoint and elegant finish. Barely there strappy sandals, and minimal jewelry complete the ensemble with a hint of sparkle—all resulting in a platinum hit of a look.

 

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Here’s to Heat-Wave Hair That Works: From Kristen Stewart’s Short Crop to Joan Smalls’s Easy Bun

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Lest you plan to spend the rest of the summer in a codependent relationship with your air conditioner, a breezy go-to hairstyle that actually benefits from some humidity-induced texture is key. Spotted in New York today, Gigi Hadid took a break from shower-fresh topknots and kept cool with a bushy high ponytail that would have felt just as right on the beach, while over in Paris, Joan Smalls took advantage of the added grip that comes with a little seasonal frizz by tying her hair into a neat, thick bun. And with her freshly cut short crop falling into wavy, air-dried pieces, Kristen Stewart was a walking testament to the built-in benefit of embracing an androgynous edge: A gloriously exposed nape of the neck.

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Beyond Crop Tops and Cutoffs: How to Dress for a Music Festival Like a Street Style Star

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There’s so much more to concert attire than crop tops and cut-offs—just ask Danish street style star Pernille Teisbaek who heads today to Denmark’s answer to Coachella, the Roskilde Festival. How to infuse some of Tesibaek’s trademark Nordic polish in a festival look? Try unexpected combinations like a maxi dress with a sporty pair of fresh white kicks, or luxe-casual touches like a denim button-up skirt with a Chanel sweatshirt. Here, see a chic sneak peek of what the much-lensed Teisbaek will be sporting on the beat-dropping grounds of Roskilde.

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Lady Gaga Stuns In Rocker Crop Top

Lady Gaga has got the rocker look down.

The star shared a photo on Instagram Saturday showing her wearing a tank tied above the belly button, sunglasses and a studded leather jacket in her hand. Can we say rock ‘n’ roll?

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Gaga also shared a smattering of pics during her recent Caribbean getaway. The singer — who performed with Tony Bennett in Paradise Island as part of their “Cheek to Cheek” tour — embraced a “Work hard, play hard” attitude for the trip.

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The pop star is now back in New York — but if her playful look is any indication, she likely continues to live by the same rules.

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Not Into Crop Tops? We’ve Got You Covered

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When it comes to the warmer months, the clothes tend to peel away to less and less, revealing more and more. Consider the most abbreviated example of them all—the crop top. Its purpose? To catch the breeze, show off what you’re working with and bring the eye towards that lovely, trim waist of yours. But what if you’d rather keep your abdominal section somewhat under wraps, for reasons professional, personal, or any mixture therein? Fear not: It’s possible to find clothing that emphasizes the waist while still remaining fully clothed. “The idea here is to lengthen the legs and shorten the torso,” says Vogue.com Market Editor Chelsea Zalopany. “To achieve that, make sure that whatever you wear hits right above the hips to visually trick the eye into separating the midsection.”

But that doesn’t mean that your summer wardrobe need sacrifice any ounce of fun, flattering options. Try a pair of high-waisted pants or shorts—it does not matter the wideness of the flare or the cut, as long as it rises to or above the navel. A-line dresses are just as flirty as a cut-off shirt, and are designed to highlight the midriff, while a smartly tied shirt allows the wearer to control where the top hits. And above all, never, ever, ever underestimate the power of a waist-cinching belt.

Here, the six best ways to flaunt your lovely figure in style this summer without ever feeling exposed.

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The Secret Smoothie Recipe That Keeps Candice Swanepoel Crop Top–Ready

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There’s a reason that designers like Michael Kors and Karl Lagerfeld have handpicked supermodel (and longtime Victoria’s Secret angel) Candice Swanepoel to wear their most body-conscious runway creations—not to mention that Karlie Kloss has admitted to having a “girl crush” on the South African stunner. All 69 inches of her golden, leggy frame have been sculpted to near perfection through intensive kickboxing and ModelFit sessions. But Swanepoel specifically credits her flat-as-a-board stomach to regular yoga classes and one anti-inflammatory, energy boosting smoothie. Which is to say that when she knows she’ll be slipping into a crop top for a day on the beach or a night on the red carpet, she can be found moving through a vinyasa, then sipping on a supercharged mix of ingredients. Here, she shares her foolproof smoothie mix.

1 frozen banana
1 tsp. protein powder
1 cup blueberries
1 T chia seeds
2 T almond butter
1.5 cups coconut water
1 tsp. spirulina

Blend, enjoy, relax.

 

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Hit Me Baby One More Time! These Might Be The 25 Best Crop Top Looks EVER

You pretty much can't look anywhere nowadays without seeing a crop top. They're on the red carpet, they're on the runway, and yep, they're even on the wedding aisle. But this isn't the first time…




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