For all of the current commotion over fashion’s major makeover transformations on the runways, there’s something to be said for sticking to a signature look. Take, for example, Donatella Versace, who has spent her career perfecting the unending appeal of body-con dresses and a lifetime honing a trademark shade of rock ‘n’ roll blonde.
Versace’s thumbprint personal taste has not been swayed by aesthetic trends—you won’t find her regretting a pixie, a shag, or a 180 dye job. Case in point: A look back in time proves that for the designer, a waist-grazing blowout goes with everything from off-the-shoulder gowns to second-skin minis and smartly tailored power suits. Often captured in early pictures at the side of her late brother, Gianni, before taking the helm of the family business, she embodied the house’s va-va-voom sex appeal. Although in recent years, not even Versace could ignore the temptation to play with an abbreviated new length and canary tipped ends, as seen at this year’s Costume Institute Gala.
When it comes to makeup, she, like many Italian icons before her, relies on a daily rimming of black eyeliner for instant impact and a bronze-is-better aesthetic. And at least one photograph proves that nothing—not even a dance party with Jennifer Lopez—can come between her and her lip gloss.
Forget a swiftly-executed updo or another coating of mascara—the easiest evening switch-up is best carried off at lip level. For proof, look to Jessica Alba, who welcomed a night out in L.A. with a duo of contrasting pouts, the simple shift seamlessly morphing one above-neck moment into two.
First came an application of crimson, the painted shade commingling with a set of exaggerated gilded earrings and a floral robe coat for a bold, almost exotic feel, furthered by a bit of blush and Alba’s own pregnancy glow.
Later that evening, the Honest Beauty founder prepared for the opening night of Hamilton in Hollywood with two quick changes: husband Cash Warren on her arm, and a swipe of understated nude in place of carmine. Whereas the red had demanded a bit of extra attention, the subtler option served to put the focus on framing details, with the kittenish flick of black liner and polished caramel lengths taking center stage. The lesson? When it comes to repurposing a beauty look, this effortless about-face is more than just lip service.
There’s something about Mary Janes. Breaking news? Not exactly, but there is something about the latest quirky-cool incarnations of the shoe style—from Attico’s oversize buckle closures to Miu Miu’s denim straps dotted in pearls—that have this Vogue writer reconsidering the nineties throwback. There are no hard and fast rules on how to wear them—just channel your inner Courtney Love in black and white Campers or Comme des Garçons, or go more gamine à la Alexa Chung in bow-embellished blush color flats. Pair them with pretty much anything from shirtdresses and skinny jeans to long, lean skirts—but maybe leave the plaid miniskirt and knee-highs at home, lest you be mistaken for a schoolgirl.
As Harry Styles rocked out in a custom Edward Sexton millennial pink suit this morning, just across town, former J.Crew executive creative director and president Jenna Lyons proved that the cheery color can be sported by grown-ups, too. Lyons has long lent feminine twists to menswear tailoring, deviating from convention at events and Met Galas past in everything from denim to cashmere V-necks offset with feathers, embellishments, and ball skirts. Earlier today, however, the designer took a more minimal approach in As Ever’s jumpsuit.
The fresh rose hue added a girlish spin to the workwear silhouette. Extra polish came courtesy of a tailored camel topper, leather tote, and pointy-toe pumps, while Lyons’s signature thick-rimmed frames added a bookish touch. Swap out the coat for a tuxedo jacket, and you’d have a modern high-low mash-up perfect for a Lyons-style evening out.
Feeling a little bit frisky of late? So is Vetements. Just last week, the label released a deliciously rude pair of jeans as part of its Spring 2017 Vetements x Levi’s collaboration with a visible zipper fly that left little to the imagination. It goes a full 360 degrees from front to butt, adding a perverted twist to standard denim. Vetements isn’t the only label jumping onto the risqué-chic look: Off-White toyed with a prominent O-ring zipper, and the up-and-coming, Bella Hadid–beloved label Lorod went the minimalist route with an exposed thin zip that hit the sweet spot. So why the flashy fly now? The little detail brings a bit of easy cheek to the standard jean without going over the top—the sort of subdued seduction that feels perfect for spring.
For the same reason, button flies have been getting some literal exposure, too. Similar to Alexander Wang’s cut-across button fly for Fall 2017, AG applied the diagonal concept to its cropped flares this season. Unravel Project went the opposite direction, flipping its denim inside out to show a can’t-miss-it take on the standard button-up crotch. Another novel twist came at Ellery, which switched out the standard silver button for a glint of gold. If you’re looking to draw attention with an actual drawstring à la Off-White, grab a pair of Aries Arise slouchy slit denim pants fastened at the waist with a piece of statement-making twine. More of a skirt girl? Linder’s Fall 2017 corset-style mini has a bold version, while House of Holland’s in-season item sports a cool button-meets-zipper on an A-line silhouette. Whichever you choose, an out-in-the-open fly is a sure way to add bite to your warm-weather wardrobe. Here, 16 ways to get the look.