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Welcome to the Cut’s Spring Fashion Issue


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In November, after Trump was elected, many of us on staff felt that it was hard to care about getting dressed. As the months have gone by, the climate is only more fraught, and much of the joy we’ve previously felt about fashion has been eaten up by larger concerns about geopolitics and justice in America. As a site that thinks a great deal about style and what happens in the fashion world, this created an internal conversation that I suspect will last for a long while.

At the same time, many interesting stories about style were shaping up. The fashion press made speculations about which designers would dress Melania. Debates broke out over what it means to dresslikeawoman. The “alt-right” attempted to co-opt the “dapper” look of Brooklyn hipsters from five years ago. Ivanka pimped her jewelry line on 60 Minutes (and later, Kellyanne Conway made a sales pitch for the fashion line on television). A pink knit hat became an international symbol of resistance.

Shopping shouldn’t be confused with political activism, but dressing has always been a way to send powerful messages about political beliefs. Trump and his ilk have an almost comically clear, Gordon Gekko aesthetic — dark suits for men, sheath dresses, barrel-curls, and heels for the women — and it turns out the dress code is just as prescriptive and limited as the rest of their ideas about how people should live.

This spring, when we set out to make a statement about what to wear now, we thought about nonconformity, power, and how women express themselves in opposition to dominant ideas about femininity. Over the month of March, each day the Cut will publish a feature — a photo shoot, or an interview, or an essay — exploring individuality and fashion. We spoke to actress Alia Shawkat about being an Arab-American while Olivia Bee photographed her in Los Angeles. Comedian Ali Wong explains why glasses are her favorite accessory (she calls them “shoes for your face”), and also why she named her daughter after Marie Kondo. Photographer Stella Berkofsky took voluminous pastels into a swamp with our fashion director Rebecca Ramsey and shot them on a young woman and a woman over 35. The gender-nonconforming musical duo PWR BTTM made Marc Jacobs’s platform decaled boots seem wearable on anyone. Jahleel Weaver, the creative director of Rihanna’s Fenty line, styled some of his muses, and author Cintra Wilson, who took a fashion road trip across the United States for her book Fear and Clothing, wrote an essay on why dressing how you want is an indelible part of the American dream.

We’ve organized this “issue” around a loose set of ideas about fashion at this particular moment — though all the clothing is available right now, it’s not exactly “spring” dressing because it’s more than a seasonal approach. It’s about the spirit of individual beauty, which cannot be broken.Read more at:bridesmaid dresses


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DAM to host “Shock Wave” fashion show with new looks


Yohji Yamamoto, Dress, Spring-Summer 2000 collection Silk and cotton On loan from Joyce Pashel, Provided by the Denver Art Museum
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So profound was the effect of Japanese designers showing in Paris in the 1980s and ’90s that reverberations are still being felt in the fashion world today.A number of designer lines carried by Vanessa Barcus at her Denver store Goldyn are in the minimalist, draped vibe that shook up the fashion establishment several decades ago in Europe — which makes her store the perfect partner for a special fashion experience that will be held March 9 at the Denver Art Museum. Hosted by the DAM Contemporaries group, the event will feature a non-traditional fashion show that includes dance and an art installation.

Barcus said the event came about after she met with DAM fashion curator Florence Muller and talked about reaching a broader, younger audience than typical museum parties. The retailer says the “Shock Wave” exhibit, which opened in September and features 70 looks by such designers as Issey Miyake, Kenzo Takada and Yohji Yamamoto, “shows how the designers at the time were setting trends, going beyond the norms and experimenting with silhouettes and textiles that were considered unflattering.

I personally love the fact that they were trying to question the status quo.”Muller has added 10 new pieces to the show, included a few loaned by local fashion collectors Cathey Finlon, Joyce Pashel and Lisa Ross. They will give museum-goers a fresh excuse to attend for a second time. She’ll be talking about those pieces when she does guided tours of the exhibit for the March 9 event.Then, the fashion show will feature spring styles from such lines as Black Crane, created in Los Angeles by two Japanese designers, as well as looks from Pas de Calais, Horses Atelier, Shaina Mote and Simon Miller, among others.

Having a dance performance by Avatar Movement and a technology-oriented art installation are other ways to bring in a Japanese influence, Barcus says. “What defines Japanese culture today? Technology. And Justin Gitlin (aka Cacheflowe), who has done other collaborations with the museum, was the perfect person to incorporate into the evening.”A further element will be floral arrangements from Sacred Thistle, a mother-daughter team who use the concept of wabi-sabi, or imperfection, into their creations.

AftershockDenver Art Museum’s Contemporaries group will host a multi-sensory fashion show and reception highlighting new additions to the “Shock Wave” exhibition of revolutionary Japanese designs from the 1980s-90s on March 9, from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Goldyn will present Japanese and Japanese-inspired fashions for spring. A dance performance and interactive art installation are part of the evening.Read more at:evening gowns


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Fashion trends to look out for in summer


Fashion trends to look out for in summer
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Before you hit the stores to stock up on summer essentials, keep an eye on factors like seaside stripes and oversized bags which might trend big, says an expert.

Abhinaya, Myntra Fashion Stylist, lists some trends:

1. Seaside stripes: Just when we thought there's nothing more to stripes, seaside stripes make their way. Ripped straight from beach umbrellas and lounge chairs, these in-your-face lines are the perfect summer staples you always wanted to own.

2. Oversized bags: Bags get bigger -- really bigger to an exaggerated degree. Don't be surprised if you spot them on the streets and airports very soon, for they can hold anything and everything you need.

3. Shades of yellow: Looking forward to wearing a happy colour this summer? Then go all out with yellow -- whether it's stripes, solids or ruffles. And no matter what your skin tone is, there a shade of yellow for everyone.

4. Slit sleeves: Flared sleeves make way for slit sleeves this year. They are taking over denim jackets, feminine tops, maxi dresses and button-downs too. Here's a pro tip: stock up on some bracelets and bangles to play up this fresh-off-the-runway style.

5. Flatforms: Girls who love the height but hate the heels, it's time to rejoice. The most comfortable heel style - Flatform - is back in vogue. From strappy ones to creepers, from classy to chunky, the possibilities of wearing them this season are endless.Read more at:plus size formal dresses


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