An editor's style picks.
Associate Fashion Director Jeffrey Yan falls for the reconciliation of opposites.
The brightest sparks often fly from the friction that results when polar opposites collide. Black and white, hard and soft, masculine and feminine—in an age where boundaries grow ever more porous and identities more fluid, there is nothing quite as exciting or alluring as a mash-up of things previously confined to certain conventions.
1. Eyes to Kill Waterproof Mascara, $50, Armani Beauty
2. Ring, $660, Bottega Veneta
3. Earrings, Loewe
4. Jacket, Mugler
5. Shadow Extreme Eyeshadow in 19 Silver, $50, Tom Ford Beauty
6. Necklace, Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello
7. Givenchy fall/winter 2019
8. Feather hairclip, $1,192, Chanel
9. Trousers, Les Héroïnes at Net-a-Porter
10. Shirt, $1,500, Miu Miu
11. Drawstring pouch, Roger Vivier
12. Pump, Balenciaga
13. Jacket, Alexander McQueen
Case in point: Clare Waight Keller’s black tuxedo at Givenchy (7), bisected by a pouf of white taffeta creeping over one shoulder—a classic instantly recontextualised in a meeting of menswear and couture.
For something a notch less theatrical, Alexander McQueen (13) has a version with a flirty flounce draped off one hip while Mugler’s (4) take on the femme tux came in an exaggerated Bar silhouette. Wear it without a blouse for a sensuous take on Le Smoking, or alternatively, with crystal-mesh or tasselled chains (6) resting seductively against bare décolletage. Dazzling silver adds razzle-dazzle to blacks and whites—try a single chunky ring (2) or a pair of sparkling drop earrings (3). Top off the tailoring with a headpiece—Chanel’s snowy feather hairclips (8) add a sweet touch of girlishness, but for a dash of old Hollywood mystery and glamour, nothing beats Gucci’s cascade of crystal fringe.