PYT: The Great DivideBy Lumay Wang • Sep 17th, 2009 • Category: Obsessions of the Week, Style
Banana split. Side splits. Split personality. The list goes on of things containing the word “split.” Designers during the fall 2009 season certainly explored splits. We witnessed the vacillation between black and white as well as split sleeves on the runway. Whether this new exploration to the world of splits and slits is a reflection of the current times or not, the outfits presented were visually captivating and dynamic. While Chanel stayed more conservative, Balmain forayed into new territory with slitted pants.
Multiply slits by several fold and the end result approximates the trendier slashed and shredded look. This fashion trend may appeal to those stereotypically termed “punk”, but it can be better classified as “rocker chic.” The strategically single or doubly placed slit, however, can evade this rocker vibe. For example, long split sleeves on a coat such as in Armani Privé seem classier. Split sleeves on ponchos, too, can age the apparel and wearer by several years.
A woman’s shoulders are one of her sexiest features, and thoughtfully placed split sleeves can emphasize the gentle curve of the joint. This category of split is the most mass produced and therefore the easiest to find when shopping. Split pant legs are much harder to find, and you will probably have to pay a much steeper price. For split bottoms, there are always skirts with high slits. Dresses also can be good split/slit options, as they can be quite creative.
Free People oversized tee ($50, FreePeople.com) – Choose where the slit falls on your body. Wear it with the cutouts hanging from the shoulders or revealing the line of your torso. Layer this top over a sheer turtleneck as the temperature drops with dark jeans. Or, slip on the top by itself paired with a casual skirt and sandals for a warmer season look.
Mason by Michelle Mason dress ($242, Shopbop.com) – Though from her Spring 2009 line, Michelle Mason’s mini dress is anything but “so last season.” (It’s not even on sale yet!) Let the black color be a backdrop for this winter’s bold, electric hues such as fuchsia and cobalt blue. You will look absolutely killer with sky-high heels and some striking jewelry. There is always room in your closet for another LBD.
Missoni “Cloris” cape ($1216, MadisonLosAngeles.com) – Unfortunately, my obsession with this cape does not compensate for the extravagant price or my dwindling bank account. But, I can wish. Imagine this sweater with leggings and ankle boots. The belt around the waist helps to bring some definition to the flowing sleeves. The colorful print in signature Missoni style is fun, playful, and timeless.