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Monday, August 25, 2014

Zip It


Vera Wang SS14; Source

Elite Tahari SS14; Source


Mathieu Mirano AW14; Source 

This fall, the zipper will become noticed as more of a major design element than a fastener. As ridiculous as this may sound it is quite true. We all zip up something each day do we not? Why does the zipper deserve to be celebrated so widely? I propose that since zippers are so vital why not celebrate them for an entire season. Consider, how important zippers are in their inclusion in the following types of clothing:  moto-jackets, moto-boots, skirts with asymmetrical zipper panels and pants with zippers at the ankles.  I confess that I am really in love with zipper-embellished skirts right now and I am not the only one. Check out the celebrity and blogger looks below.

Chanel Iman; Source


Song of Style; Source


Allergic to Vanilla; Source


Sun Stilettos; Source


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Kate Bosworth in Phillip Lim; Source 

I could go on and on but hopefully you know where I am going with this. The zipper will become one attractive mechanism this autumn. The Balenciaga AW14 looks below are credited to Style.com.



 





I could go on and on about how long it took the fashion industry to learn to love the zipper but I won’t.  I will get to the point quickly. It took about twenty years. I can’t believe it took my beloved fashion industry that long to learn to love the zipper but shockingly it did.  Did you know that the zipper had a hard time being accepted? Isn’t it amazing that this mechanical marvel was not immediately embraced? Of course, since it was up to the fashion industry to convince everyone that it was acceptable to actually like the zipper I won’t berate my beloved industry for taking so long to promote it. It is still quite astonishing that it took so long for it to be accepted.  Note: The looks below are by Herve Leger SS14.


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Why did it take about eighty years, from the time of its creation, for the zipper to receive the love it deserves? I won’t bore you with a list of those whom are credited for inventing the zipper but I must at the very least give props to B.F. Goodrich Company. You see, if not for them the word zipper may not even exist in our vocabulary. They referred to the mechanical clasp as a zipper when they used it on galoshes and rain boots. I am ever so grateful that they termed the mechanical clasp a zipper because I just like the sound of it. Can you imagine calling it something else? Exactly; when the term fits use it. Note:  The looks below are by Jason Wu and the images are credited to Style.com.

 

Have you ever left a pair of trousers or skirt unzipped? How embarrassing was the experience? This proves that much of the time when the zipper works as it is intended it goes un-noticed; however, if you forget to let it work its magic watch out for incoming remarks. I hope, my friends, if you notice someone with their zipper unzipped you gently let them know. Nothing is worse than finding out after many hours of thinking you are dressed stylishly that you learn to your dismay that your zipper was not zipped. I have been there done that before so I know of what I speak. Now that I have addressed zipper etiquette, let me discuss how a pair of zippers or a trio or more can be so captivating. Note: All looks below are from T by Alexander Wang. The images are credited to Style.com.

 







A cluster of zippers have played many starring and supporting roles in fashion design.  The placement of a cluster of zippers on tops and dresses is certainly eye-catching. Designers have used multiple zippers to create geometric shapes on tops and dresses and even amazing jewelry pieces for many years.

Miu Miu AW13; Source




Atelier Versace SS13; Source

Erin Barr AW13; Source

 
Erin Barr AW13; Source


Michael Kors RTW13; Source


Michael Kors AW13; Source

 
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Sometimes, however, a single zipper can completely transform a look into an edgy number. How about the placement of an asymmetric zipper on a leather mini-skirt or its strategic placement at the ankle of leather trousers. Does this not prove that the zipper can go from conservative to sexed-up in an instant? It is like a chameleon is it not? In most instances, it is thought of as a mechanism to fasten clothing but in other instances it becomes the central design element that ignites a look.


 
I am on the board with the zipper trend? Are you? 

I hope you have a great week.

Many thanks to my followers for their comments and ongoing support.



Jay Ahr AW14 RTW; Source



Jay Ahr AW14 RTW; Source


Christopher Kane Pre-Fall14; Source

 
Christopher Kane Pre-Fall14; Source





 

55 comments:

  1. Funny you should post about zippers. I just received my latest eBay win to discover that the zipper on the Asos dress is in the most interesting location. And, on top of that, I was just admiring a pair of Moto pants from Loft that have front zipped pockets. I enjoy zippers as well, and can't imagine clothing without them.

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    1. Glenda:

      I always enjoy reading your comments because you are always so thoughtful and really take the time to provide terrific input. I hope you have a great weekend.

      Sharon

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    2. Thank you Sharon. And to you as well!

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  2. I have Just discovered your blog ... very informative and interesting for us people who want to pursue career in the fashion industry !!!

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    1. Thanks for the compliment Kala. Readers and followers of my blog make all the hard work I put into my posts so worthwhile. I hope you have a great weekend.

      Sharon

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  3. I can't imagine clothes without zippers! Great post:)

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    1. I can't either. I love the zipper trend.

      Sharon

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  4. I love zippers...I even have stilletos with zippers. I love the edginess that a zipper adds to a soft and feminine dress or blouse.
    Great post Sharon!

    Keisha xo
    www.chrysalisgals.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Keisha. I love the zipper embellishment trend so much. I am glad you enjoyed this post.

      Sharon

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  5. I really enjoyed reading this post!:) I can't wait to see the zipper trend in action this fall!♥

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    1. Hello, Petra:

      I am happy that you enjoyed reading this post. I am thrilled about the zipper trend.

      Sharon

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  6. I love zip clothes!

    I hope that you visit my blog too and maybe follow: SPIKED-SOUL.BLOGSPOT.COM :)
    Have a nice day!

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    1. Hi, Elwira:

      Thanks for visiting and commenting. Your blog is wonderful. Let's stay in touch. I hope you have a wonderful week.

      Sharon

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  7. Nice post! Great to know :)

    Adhi Wahyudi
    http://adhiwahyudi.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Adhi. Fashion history is so interesting to me. I love to research the story behind fashion trends.

      Sharon

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  8. Great post. I saw a pix of one and I love it
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    1. Thank you, Afolabi. I am pleased that you like it. I just visited your blog. It is terrific.

      Sharon

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  9. I so love this trend. I particularly adore Wang's take on it; both on Balenciaga & T by Alexander Wang. X

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    1. Thanks, Amy. I am really impressed with both of those collections, as well.

      Sharon

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  10. I'm also a fan of zippers on clothing items. It gives the look a more edgy look. Great pictures. I especially like the all white zipper outfit. :)

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    1. I agree, Gattalina. They add an edge to an outfit that is not over-the-top like some of the more avant garde looks.

      Sharon

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  11. This is beyond beautiful!
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    Borka
    www.chicfashionworld.com

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    1. Hello, Borka:

      They are stunning. Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you are having a wonderful week.

      Sharon

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  12. Hi Sharon,
    This collection is amazing
    I love necklaces!
    Kisses
    Maggie D.
    The Indian Savage diary Fashion Blog

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    1. Thank you, Maggie. The necklaces are spectacular.

      Sharon

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  13. Nice share.. The writing style is superior and the content is relevant. I hope you will be adding more in the future.
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    1. Thank you so much. I cherish your compliment.

      Sharon

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  14. Amazing pictures! I really love that clothes/designes!

    http://freshisyummy.blogspot.com/2014/08/disappointed.html

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    1. Thanks so much. There really are some fantastic designer creations featuring zippers. I have always favored designs such as these. I am thrilled it is such a trend for autumn.

      Sharon

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  15. I just love it!!! Zippers are decorative and classy!
    xoxo
    http://pandamone.blogspot.com/2014/08/deep-purple.html

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    1. Hello, Maja:

      I think so and they can add such an edgy accent to a look. I adore them which explains why I have so many zipper pieces in my wardrobe.

      Sharon

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  16. ...or unzip it!

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    1. Thanks for your visit and comment. I really admire the selection of amazing photos in your blog posts.

      Sharon

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  17. Dear Sharon, great prepared post about zippers! I love this trend so much and I want zippers everywhere on my clothes :-) Have a nice day :-)
    Katharine-fashionisbeautiful

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    1. Thank you so much, Katharine. Your words really mean a lot. I have zippers on a variety of my clothing. I am so drawn to them. I hope you have a great week ahead.

      Sharon

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  18. Great post. I love zippers, especially on coats.

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    1. Thank you, Nina. I really appreciate your visit and comment.

      Sharon

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  19. Que imagenes más chulas!!
    Bss
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    1. Thank you so much. I really appreciate your comment. I hope you have a wonderful week.

      Sharon

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  20. I'm already in love with this zip trend!! So chic.
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    1. It is really a terrific trend. Thanks for commenting, Diana.

      Sharon

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  21. Great post! It´s funny but it seems to be a cool trend! What surprised me was the zip accessories (necklace), that´s a cool idea! Have a great week!

    http://somethingbeautifulblog.weebly.com/home/my-lovely-maxi-pearls

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    1. The necklaces are so amazing. I was quite excited when I stumbled upon the images while researching for this post. I hope you have a great week also.

      Sharon

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  22. Love this post!!!!The styles are so chic and the necklaces so nice!!!!
    kiss
    www.stilettoslauragonzalez.blogspot.com.es

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    1. Thanks, Laura. I am happy you like this post so much. Your words really mean a lot to me.

      Sharon

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  23. HI SHARON as always it has been a good selection of pics, I love zipper and it's true that it has been no tas much appreciate for many years before, but now its like something like modern and chic.
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    1. Thank you, Jackelin. It is still quite funny to me that zippers are really a necessity for many types of garments but went underappreciated, historically, for so long. I really love that zippers are so dominant in a variety of fashionable looks this year.

      Sharon

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