Monday, April 26, 2010

Swooning Over: Exposed Zippers

They've been gripping the nation for a while now, and I must say, I'm excited to be a part of that frenzy. I'm in love with the exposed, industrial zipper detailing you can find almost everywhere now:

For so long, we assumed that you shouldn't see zippers, so people would disguise them in the same color as its garment, or hide them beneath folds of fabric. But at some point someone decided to let them out and play, and behold what that has brought us: shoes, boots, and sandals with zipper detailing, dresses with contrasting zippers in back AND as a focal point up front, accessories made entirely of twisted zippers, bags wtih zippers as trim. There's something about them that's delightfully gritty and reminiscent of the industrial-era. For as chunky and old-timey as they can seem, you can ironically find them on floral swimwear from Generation Y brand Hurley, and even on lacy tops from the more upscale and adult Anthropologie.

The exposed, industrial zipper has huge potential to leave as quickly as it arrived, but I'm hoping it's a fad with a long shelf-life. I've already seen a few examples of it cropping up in some Fall/Winter 2010 collections, so I may not be disappointed. But if this look floats your boat like it does mine, I'd suggest picking up some pieces that have high contrast (like pic #1) for big impact. Check out some of my suggestions below:

1. Contrast Pocket Dress, Need Supply Co., 2. Dolce Vita Patricia Dress, Urban Outfitters, 3. Zipper Pin, Kate Cusack, 4.Pixie Boot, Jeffrey Campbell

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