THE NEW STRIPE
So long, Jean Seberg sailor tops. Hello, Dr. Seuss!
It's a little dramatic to declare a season of "new" stripes - I mean, they go across or down your outfit, add some contrast to your look, and that's it.
This story was published on February 7, 2011.
But something is changing on the pattern front, as the sailor-top staple becomes something much more bold. Instead of the thin stripes on a boat neck tee - a staple look for summer girls in New York, as well as Emma Watson on her Harry Potter press tour - stripes are consuming giant blocks of fabric, emulating the intense and oversize Marimekko prints of the '70s.
The most visible example, of course, is Prada. Their color block Dr. Seuss vibe hit an electric chord on the Spring runways, and their Crayola colored outfits ended up everywhere - Marc Jacobs wore his striped Prada stole to a recent art opening at the New Museum, while Hailee Steinfeld outshone almost every other starlet at the SAG Awards in her striped Miuccia gown.
But those without $5000 to spend on a cocktail dress can look elsewhere for the high-impact look. Diane Von Furstenberg, AllSaints, Yigal Azrouel, and ASOS all made their own versions of the trend, and Coach's Poppy line infused stripes on their new bangle bracelets. And if you're feeling really industrious / crazy, you can always DIY the craze: Lock down a t-shirt or jersey dress with some electric tape, take a can of spray paint (even better if it's fabric spray paint!) and graffiti your way into the high fashion club.