Zip Me Up Before You Go-Go

Mimi ON Jul 16, 2009 AT 9:13 am

Miss Selfridge diagonal zip front denim dress £45

Miss Selfridge diagonal zip front denim dress £45

So you may usually be on the defensive when told to to zip it – but this season, it’s a style directive you’ll definitely want to follow. Yes, it’s time to put a zip in it and channel Siouxsie Sioux circa 1977. Zippers have becomes the latest decorative muse and are popping up in some pretty unexpected places, and the effect is a tough-chic look almost anyone looks good in. A slew of celebrity hipsters including Kate Moss and Alice Dellal have embraced the look zipping up in tailored looks with chunky fasteners.  Alexander Wang sent his models down the catwalk dressed in a reconstructed off-duty style, while at Balmain, the look was pure glam punk with zipped up jeans and chainmail a-go-go. Who’d have though that the humble fastening could cause this much of a stir?

Asymmetric Frill Zip Vest, £28 From Topshop

Asymmetric Frill Zip Vest, £28 From Topshop

Despite its pure functionality, the zip effect is in fact one of the oldest fashion tricks in the book. Not only is it a quick and handy way to bring definition and shape to almost any garment, it’s clean industrial look renders it a striking staple in its own right. Even the simplest basics get a cool dose of downtown edge with the addition of an exposed zip. You needn’t go all out, just use zips to give a renewed edge to your style and toughen up classic pieces like jumper dresses, boots and jackets.

This is clearly a trend with an, ahem, zip code set to stay on our fashion radar. Jean-Charles de Castelbajac’s Autumun/Winter ‘09 show featured zip sleeves, skirts and pockets – and they were all on one dress.

Asymmetric Frill Zip Vest, £28, www.topshop.com
Diagonal Zip Front Denim Dress, £45, www.missselfridge.com

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