I was asked the below questions on formspring.me and I thought I should consolidate them to answer:

do you think the style of zipper embelished accesories and clothing is still in?

is denim still in?

First of all, I think it’s hard to say “what’s in” in general since fashion is so diversified even within a single season, and even designers known for a certain “look” will send different pieces down the runway to appeal to a larger market.  Plus, regionally, trends vary – and no matter where you are, there’s always going to be a girl who goes against the generalities and has her own signature unique style.

Ann Demuelemeester runway img from Style.com; zipper img from Bestfreevectors.com

That being said, I believe both are “in”!  (Any style, any way is my motto.)  There was a lot less zipper-embellished clothing/accessories on the Spring/Sumer 2010 runways (with the notable exception of Ann Demuelemeester, whose zipper headpieces and scarves sent even the most zippered-out fashion editor into paroxysms).  Zipper-edging?  Sculptural zipper elements? Not so much anymore per se.  But just because it wasn’t on the runways and has begun to desaturate the retail shelves doesn’t mean you should put all your zippered pieces away for good.  The 80’s are still back with a vengeance, and a little zippery lends a hard edge to tiny-flowered dresses and short shorts.  Maybe try a small accessory if you’re unsure?  (I just spotted some rolled zipper rings at Target which might work well if you just want to dip your toes – er, fingers, into the trend.)

my own Zara display photo; D&G runway img from Style.com; 

As for denim, according to the runways, retail, and catalogs – denim is HUGE for this summer.  (Especially blue denim on blue denim – eeek!)  Just look at Gap’s last ad campaign – the shelves of Zara – and the last D&G collection if you’re unsure.  Now, whether it’s actually happening on the streets and on fashionable girls in the know….well, that’s another thing.  I think if you wear denim-on-denim you’ll look exceptionally trendy and straight out of an editorial, though depending on the crowd you hang with you may get a few raised eyebrows.  Want to look on-trend but not like an 80’s victim?  Maybe stick with one piece of light blue denim (and not necessarily your jeans!) as a counterpoint to busy prints, bustiers, a loose tee, a chain cross-body bag, sorbet-colored pumps, or strappy flat sandals.

Hope that answers your questions!


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