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Stripe Hype

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The Fendi girl likes to have fun, pairing a striped silk blouse and cotton pants with wavy-pattern sandals.

By Jessica Mehalic Lucas

Ever since Coco Chanel rocked Breton stripes, they’ve been a chic staple in the fashion world. For the Fall and Resort seasons, stripes have gone from iconic to of-the-moment, as designers played with all varieties.

Over at Fendi, Karl Lagerfeld keeps us perma-captivated with his playful details and exquisite craftsmanship. Wavy stripes are a major theme for Fall, firing up billowy blouses and midi dresses, and continue to be a major motif in Resort, adding a wow effect to off-the-shoulder silhouettes and even a mink and fox fur jacket.


True to form, Veronica Etro masterfully mixed eclectic prints, patterns and textures in her vibrant Resort collection. “It’s about evolution, not revolution,” she has said of her vision for the family brand built on elegant exoticism. Rich Indian influences and a signature bohemian chic vibe effortlessly comingle in looks like this one.


Escada is known for strong color. Fashion director Daniel Wingate, who likes to dip in the brand’s archives, was also inspired by David Hockney’s vivid acrylic paintings of Los Angeles swimming pools to create supersaturated shades of blue. A cool aquamarine even made its way onto striped Resort looks, including a Lurex jacket, pencil skirt and sheath dress.


Demna Gvasalia is no stranger to stripes, going bold and horizontal in Balenciaga’s Resort delivery with caftans, sundresses and a cheeky bathrobe coat. His cult-favorite Bazar shopper, inspired by the traditional sampeng bag used in the markets of Thailand, is roomy and cool enough for everyday carry.


Clashing stripes make a fashion right at Tomas Maier, who roots all his creations in practicality. Case in point: The Exeter stripe jacket and skirt each make a compelling statement on its own, if mismatching isn’t your thing.


Hitting the slopes this winter? Look to Maje’s Après-Ski collection for all your alpine-chic needs. A ribbed turtleneck sweater, a cozy track pant and a fitted wool coat with fur collar are all detailed with sporty stripes.


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