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Save Steal Splurge: Brow Bar Sunglasses

Classics are classic for a reason. They’ll never go out of style, they go with everything in your closet and they’re universally flattering. But even the most die-hard fashion fans get a little bored with convention. That’s why we’re shelving our go-to sunglasses (those would be wayfarer and clubmaster styles) and go for an aviator and acetate hybrid: the brow bar sunglass. Think classic shapes with the addition of a little more. The brow bar, which is an aviator trademark, gives a little extra something to what might be a standard pair of tortoiseshell shades.

But for the truly adventurous, go for Dior’s So Real, it’s the  sunglass of the season, bar none.

Save: Steve Madden Metal Brow Bar Sunglasses ($38)

Steal: Prada Gradient Lens Sunglasses ($325)

Splurge: Dior So Real Sunglasses ($595)

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Monday Muse: Kenzo’s Rave Revolution

Kenzo Pre-fall 2015

Thanks to a long string of creative — or rather, unconventional — takes on the fashion show and presentation, designers Carol Lim and Humberto Leon have amassed a huge group of artists, musicians, actors and more (chocolatiers included) that have been involved in their seasonal showcases. It’s exactly the kind of motley mix that Kenzo Takada, the brand’s namesake, kept around in his own tribe when the brand was in its first iteration. It was that camaraderie and cultural mix that inspired the latest collection for Kenzo.

“They had their own language, and there was this idea of community and protection, but everyone in his clan did their own things,” Leon said.

The clothes were a celebration of joie de vivre, bringing together prints and textures from around the world. Globalization is a recurrent theme in the new house rules at Kenzo, after all. Exploded Egyptian heiroglyphics were paired with astrakan knits and colors clashed and complemented each other with what seemed like wild abandon.

Kenzo Pre-fall 2015

Upon closer inspection, the clothes were a technological tour de force as well.

Cottons and softer fabrics were treated with wax to give them more heft and the added bonus of water resistance. Knits were a combination of microscopic knots paired with oversized, chunky cables. Pajama sets and shirting was printed with the word LOVE ad infinitum. The styling called to mind rave culture and the outrageous retro futurism of Japanese street style.

Puffed, furry clogs and ankle boots added to the Japanese feel, as well as the layers (upon layers) that sometimes amounted to half a dozen collars on one look or three hemlines in combination with a contrast pant. The bags, one of the brand’s calling cards now, ditched their usual sleek, minimal lines for a more hand hewn and crafty feel with the addition of baubles and embellishment. Comfort was also key in all those layers. Cozying up and feeling safe in the changing world is one thing, but it’s cozying up with your own tribe of friends and confidants that really gets the creative juices flowing. At least, that’s what did it for Takada, and so it would seem, for Lim and Leon, too.

 

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Our Favorite Midi Skirts For Under $50

Skirts too short? Maxis just too long? Well, designers are giving those girls who just can’t choose one more choice: a shin-grazing midi length that hits squarely below the knee. And before you think it’s a little frumpy, the midi is known for hugging curves and giving girls a glam hourglass silhouette.

Designers that are obsessed with this particular length include the iconic leggy L’Wren Scott designs, Victoria Beckham’s slick slinky dresses and Alber Elbaz’s flirty, fluttering skirts at Lanvin. We’ve gathered together a few of our favorites, which include picks for fans of body-con tube skirts, flirty floral girls and more. And just a tip: if you feel a little bit frumpy with the length, add a pair of sky high heels.