The Rad Return: Lowrider Jeans

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Oscar de la Renta
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One of Alexander McQueen’s most rebellious and game-changing silhouettes. A symbol of freedom for skater kids and hip-hop stars. Without it, Christina Aguilera wouldn’t have been as “dirrty”, while Britney Spears would have remained “not yet a woman”. One of the most divisive pieces in ’90s street-influenced fashion makes a comeback even at demure brands such as Valentino and Oscar de la Renta. Yes, you need a good bod. No, hairy guys, it’s still gross when you bend over. But we cannot deny the blithely cool, cheeky attitude that comes with it. The best part now: It’s to be worn as much with universally flattering, tucked-in shirts as it is with cropped tops.

The Statement Piece: Something In Crochet

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From left: Cotton sheath dress, $6,970, Chanel. Wool midi dress, $5,000, Dior. Resin drop earrings, $630, Marni

For starters, get it right: This isn’t just any type of knit. It’s not created using needles or a machine (classic knitting), or knotted (that’s macrame). Instead, this weave with a doily-esque pattern is produced entirely by hand with a hook, and is said to not be prone to unravelling. Who’s already hooked onto such artisanal workmanship and its arty-boho effect? Luxury brands ranging from Chloe to Chanel this season, and cool, emerging labels like Gypsy Sport and TSE. Which most likely means you’ll be too.

Photography Veronica Tay, assisted by Sherman See-Tho Styling Imran Jalal Hair Michael Chiew/Hairloom Model Noa/Mannequin

The Wardrobe Hero: A Tank Top

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Polyester-blend singlet, $29.90, Uniqlo, and Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello denim jeans, $1,190, Saint Laurent.
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Michael Michael Kors cotton singlet, matching cargo pants and leather booties, Michael Kors.
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Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello cotton singlet with ostrich feathers, $3,220, Saint Laurent; denim shorts, $1,770, and leather platform pumps, $1,240, Gucci. On him (worn throughout): Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello jersey-blend singlet, $760, Saint Laurent; wool shorts, $960, and leather sneakers, Gucci.

If you’re thinking, “Uh, I already own at least one of these” – perfect! (Uh, assuming that it’s not crummy from years of wear and tear.) Now’s the time to elevate it from taken-for-granted basic to the modern top to anchor any look, because that’s what Calvin Klein 205W39NYC (with ball gown skirts) to The Row (with low-slung, men’s style pants) to Miu Miu (peeking out from beneath see-through dresses) are doing in S/S ’18.

Photography Veronica Tay, assisted by Sherman See-Tho Styling Imran Jalal Hair Junz Loke/Hairloom Makeup Sha Shamsi, using Tom Ford Model Reni/Mannequin & Ivan

This story first appeared in Female’s January 2018 issue.

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