Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Bare Your Teeth

This season designers are showing you how it all comes together, and it is tooth by tooth with exposed zippers. The back zip of your dress, the t-strap of your heel, your bags, even your necklaces are all adorned with metallic fastening hard wear. Not something to be hidden anymore, the zipper has found its way into chic eveningwear as much as casual wear. So this Fall, zip up to stay warm.


It was in the winter of this year that the current crown prince of high fashion introduced us to the possibilities of the zipper. London’s enfant terrible Gareth Pugh sent Coco Rocha stomping down the runway of his Fall 08 show in a samurai-inspired dress made entirely of zippers. Each zipper was sewed tape-to-tape to create a truly magnificent (albeit impractical) creation.

Zip Drive

The trend has carried through is many subtler ways to your footwear. Like the exposed zippers running the back length of your chunky high boots. Your essential t-strap heels have a flashy gold zipper running up the front. The functionless zipper is a common trend in footwear. Taryn Rose’s now famous “Bridger” ballet flat with a rose detail made of zipper tape is seen on the feet of the fashion elite. But it is the Christian Louboutin “Rhodita” ($835 stiletto that will have heads turning. The zipper is just for show and absolutely perfect way to update the classic strappy black sandal.

Zip It Up

If zippered clothing and shoes are too daring for you, perhaps you could adopt the style in your accessories. Zipper is used in a way that function is irrelevant. The form that a zipper creates is the important thing. The Yves Saint Laurent zipper clutch ($1,595, fits with Stephano Pilati’s manifesto. It is decontextualized clothing at its height: a zipper for the sake of a zipper.


Anonymous said...

I nominate this one for the magazine. Good job on the piece!

vanessa pinkas said...

One of my faves! Interesting and well-written AND I want those Louboutins! I also nominate this one for the magazine

katie forler said...

very clever piece! i love the title and the images are great. i think we should have alternative pieces featured for a student budget as well.

Anonymous said...

I really do like the piece, really well written.
problem is this is a future issue and by the time it comes out it wont be a future trend. I have seen pieces like this one in W, ELLE and Harpers Bazar in that past 3 or 4 issues.