#TREND: CREAM OF THE CROPS
It's not just Marc who wants you to get shorty this spring.
Sometimes, it feels like fashion moves too fast. We barely walk around the block in our gold glitter heels before they're already obsolete; we get rid of all our skinny jeans and suddenly they're back again.
This story was published on September 11, 2012.
So when we see something with some closet endurance on the runway, it makes us happy. The past few summer seasons saw the re-emergence of the crop top; be it a bandeau or a bustier, flaunting your abs (toned or not) became an integral part of an outfit. And while the peplum may already be over and neons a memory of spring collections past, the short top is still showing up, designer after designer.
Let's start with the trend determiner himself, Marc Jacobs: At his show yesterday, when his models weren't wearing maxi- and mini-dresses, they were dressed in crop tops and barely-there bandeaus. Yes, that was Mickey Mouse printed on one of them. But it wasn't just Marc who's going short for spring; Boy by Band of Outsiders, Jonathan Simkhai, Ann Yee, Kimberly Ovitz, Tanya Taylor, Charlotte Ronson, Mara Hoffman...the list goes on. In fact, just about every show we've been to has had an abbreviated top.
The key is just how varied they looked--no longer is it about pairing a bustier with a high-waisted skirt. You can still do that, sure, but you can also layer it under spring's sheer tops (as we saw at Diesel Black and Gold) or go all-out and wear it with a low-rise bottom (a la Marc Jacobs). Best of all, there's no need to wait to try it out; just pull out your crop from this past summer and wear it under a few layers of sweaters and you'll be good until next spring.
REBECCA WILLA DAVIS