It took me a little while to fall in love with the crop. It crept up on me slowly, starting with a few cutouts on the side at the waist, slowly transitioning into all-over cutouts, until all of a sudden outfits were ripped in half into two completely separate pieces. I was hesitant at first, but have recently come to re-embrace the midriff-bearing look I championed 10 years ago in college. And thus I was dreading the impending Spring Fashion Week because I was sure my late adoption of the trend would only lead to disappointment when I learned that fashion had changed its mind and had become too high brow for exposed tummies.
But alas, here I am—giggling with glee as I see crop after crop walk down the Spring runways. And while we are only half way through NYFW, below is a selection of my favorite cropped (or basically cropped) looks so far. Cheers to many more exposed belly buttons to come!
From left: Monique Lhuillier, Peter Som, Alexander Wang, Rag and Bone
All white is totally a thing: Cushnie et Ochs, Helmut Lang, Lisa Perry, Alice and Olivia
Mara Hoffman, Ohne Titel, Richard Chai Love, Cynthia Rowley
Cynthia Rowley, Derek Lam, 3.1 Philip Lim, Vivienne Tam
So far it looks like next Spring we will be wearing a lot of black and white, colorful bold patterns, boxy silhouettes, and cutouts galore (it’s a little ironic that those trends seem to contradict one another, no?) And for your feet, expect a lot of pointy toe pumps with ankle straps. If you want to get really crazy, adopt the war paint look from Boy by Band of Outsiders.
It’s always hard to pick my favorite collections from each season. With New York Fashion Week about half way through, I thought it would be easier to take a look at some of my favorites so far: Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung, Rag and Bone, Jenni Kayne, and Marissa Webb. And Lisa Perry. And Jill Stuart. Ok I give up. I love the Spring shows because during that last month of winter while I’m pushing against the wind and cold to walk through the slushy New York streets, I keep reminding myself of all the amazing clothes I will be able to wear only a few weeks later. From what I’ve seen so far, these designs will definitely do the trick.
Prabal Gurung (my must have: tiered and sheer grey)
Jenni Kayne (my must have: the hot pink)
Marissa Webb (my must have: halter dress)
Jill Stuart (my must have: white pants and sheer top)