What is it about London Fashion Week that brings out the kookiest accessory designs? New York Fashion Week has its fair share of loony togs, sure, but only a few particularly avant garde designers subscribe to that. LFW takes the cake as far as the accessory game goes with a veritable metric ton of labels taking part — Louise Gray, Kokon To Zai (KTZ), House of Holland, Moschino Cheap and Chic, and Tom Ford to name a FEW. From sunglasses shaped like bikes to unicorn crossbody bags (plus, a toilet paper roll ring or two), there are SO many quirky accessories from the London Fall 2013 Fashion Week runways, and we've rounded them up for you to decipher which ones are good, which ones are bad, and which ones are, erm, questionable.
Sunglasses at the Louise Gray, Fad, KTZ, Erdem, House of Holland, and Ziad Ghanem Fall 2013 London Fashion Week shows.
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So what if the sun is shining for less hours in the day during fall and winter? The number one accessories trend from London Fashion Week this season was hands down statement sunglasses. Whether they're outright bananas like this bicycle pair by Fad or reimagined takes on the classic cat-eye (seen in red at KTZ, opal at Erdem, and metallic pink at House of Holland), this is definitely a trend that falls under the "GOOD" category for us. We only wish the neon yellow block-lettered "VOGUE" from Ziad Ghanem were an actual pair of shades.
Ahhh, New York Fashion Week. We're so close to the end. From Rebecca Minkoff to Marc by Marc, we've loved every minute of you, but we think the honeymoon period this season is juuuust about over and it's getting to that point in our relationship when things get a little difficult. It's totally fine and normal and expected with every relationship, and rest assured, we'll be giddy with excitement come your return in September, but for now, we've rounded up a few of the most difficult (difficult for mobility, difficult to fathom, difficult to see yourself realistically wearing, etc.) outfits from your offerings this week in honor of these turbulent times.
Looks from the Thom Browne and Chromat Fall 2013 New York Fashion Week shows.
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This gray-blue patchwork coat number from Thom Browne and this rectangular white cage by Chromat (the same line behind Beyonce's Super Bowl backup dancers' outfits!!) are pretty equal in their spatial difficulty. For the record, we here at MTV Style LOVE both of these labels, but these particular pieces give us more "art piece" vibes than "ready to wear." Both have strong shoulders exaggerated to the point of turning the entire garment into a polygon. The Thom Browne is probably more difficult to get through certain doorways (wider, less pliable through its width), the Chromat we imagine as difficult to sit in comfortably.
Studio Roosegaarde's Intimacy dress.
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Transparency takes a double meaning thanks to Daan Roosegaarde, founder of Studio Roosegaarde, and this "Intimacy Dress." The Netherlands-based designer's newest project is a range of high-tech dresses that become CLEAR based on your emotions, namely when you get excited. If you're anything like us, you're probably wondering, "WHY would I ever want to be (essentially) naked whenever I get a little exc—," and then it hits you. Maybe. Still not getting it? Maybe the headline that directed our attention to the dress, courtesy of our friends at Mashable, can help: "This Dress Turns Clear When You're Turned On." Yep. That kind of excited.
Aga Brzostek's Autumn/Winter sweater chair.
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I realize that this weekly "Would You Wear This?" platform often has me perching atop a maribou-covered soapbox, whining about how this new pair of shoes or pants or — erm — eyelash jewelry is confusing to me and makes me #sadface. This Wednesday, however, is not one of those days. Even though I'm asking you if you'd wear this Autumn/Winter sweater chair by Aga Brzostek, I'm really just here to tell you that I think this thing is amazing and that I need it in my life, PRONTO.
DV8 by Dolce Vita's "Gypsie" pump.
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Happy humpday, everybody! For your weekly Wednesday helping of weird, I present to you: DV8 by Dolce Vita's "Gypsie" pump. Part high-heeled Mary-Jane, part epic '90s flatform, and a dash of peeptoe, this Frankenshoe, brought to our attention courtesy of our friends at The Frisky and Incredible Things, is (in a word) confusing. The Mary-Jane and peeptoe steez evoke demure sweetness but that whopper of an inverted wedge is unmistakably head-turning and even a little badass. It's a (apologies in advance) walking contradiction! *ba dum TSHHHH* On top of trying to define this shoe's direct line of heritage, we want to know if you, dear readers, would wear it.
Would you wear Topshop's Mom Jeans?
Recognize these bad boys? This mid-rise inseam? This dull, uniformly blue denim wash on the left or the crosshatch bleach steez on the right? This drumstick leg-inducing silhouette? This universally unflattering tapered cut? Hug your skinny jeans tight and kiss them goodnight, ladies. Topshop appears to be under the impression that mom jeans are back and trending for Spring/Summer 2013. We've seen and gut-reaction scoffed at plenty of rising trends — leather overalls, melting tights, etc. — but can usually parse out a reason someone might think they're a good idea. That's because these things are usually either 100 percent new ideas or at the very least refreshed versions of older trends. The mom jeans Topshop is selling are neither of those things. Make no mistake, y'all. This is a cautionary tale. A web-based, editorial "POUND THE ALARM" warning you, the presumably ugly-butt-fearing public, against The Return of the Mom Jean.
John Mayer and the wallets he designed.
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Hello world! Remember John Mayer? You know, the dude that sang "Your Body Is A Wonderland" but had to call off his career "indefinitely" last March because of a serious throat condition? Yeah, that guy. I know it's a super sadface sitch, but, hey, he's dealing the best way he knows how—by dating Katy Perry (babe alert!) and becoming an accessories designer—the latter of which only I found out about mere hours ago. Apparently, he teamed up with Barrett Alley to create a collection of limited-edition wallets, and from what I can tell so far, he's taking this whole design thing really, really seriously. Like, first off, each wallet is $190. To put that in perspective, you could get four—read that again—four Rebecca Minkoff leather wallets for the price of just one John Mayer concoction. So, what's this bad boy made of? Snakeskin? Diamonds? Solid gold? Nope! It's made of old timey fabric from the late 1800s and Civil War-era buttons. Mmmmm, mothballs.
Zosia Mamet and Emily Blunt in their Golden Globes dresses.
The Golden Globes really are the beginning of red carpet season. Not to diminish any of the other awards shows, we love them all equally, but as far as the most nights in movies and television are concerned, the Globes are only second to the Oscars, and then it's a close second. We love seeing our favorite stars of screens both big and small get fancy and celebrate one another, and last night was a particularly exciting year. With some of our favorite movies and shows up for awards, we were really rooting for all of our favorite stars. We were also rooting for them in the style department, and for the most part, we were impressed. Girls star Zosia Mamet elevated your basic black in a leather paneled Tony Ward dress that we adored, and Emily Blunt appealed to our enduring love of studs in her golden Michael Kors. There were also some looks that weren't quite working for us, mostly because we so want our favorite stars to look AMAZING on the carpet, and it makes us so sad when they don't. See all of our hits and misses in the video below, and tell us what you think in the comments!
You guys know about false eyelashes. Sets of fluttering faux hairs that you can glue to your lids to amplify your peepers. Celebs wear them up and down red carpets for glamorous doe eyes or even just to spice up a formerly staid beauty look. They come in basic black or sometimes other colors or even with embellishments. But have you ever heard of eyelash jewelry? We hadn't until our friends at Incredible Things enlightened us to this Eyelash Jewelry Etsy shop which is chock FULL of the ocular ornaments, and honestly, we're not sure what to do with that information now.
Dakota and Elle Fanning in Seoul.
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CUTE OVERLOAD ALERT. Remember when we called out Dakota Fanning as one of the biggest cat ladies of 2012? Judging from her little sis Elle, turns out the feline friendly fashion gene runs in the family! The twosome arrived in Seoul, South Korea this weekend and hit the ground running wearing- get this- matching kitten ear hats. (As if we weren't obsessed with the Fannings enough already...). Dakota went for total Hello Kitty adorableness with her white beanie, and Elle sported a fuzzy pale pink version as they traipsed through the streets on vacation. Aw, you guys...