Clap for Zendaya’s vintage Bob Mackie dress.
This week the weather is bleak and we dress for warmth and comfort. So what better time to commemorate the joys of dressing for fun, glamor and thrills.
Enter, six celebrity outfits that took fashions old, bold and weird and made it all the better for it.
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* Bad taste is back: Just look at Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker’s over-the-top wedding
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Anne Hathaway has absolutely nailed it lately with the help of her stylist Erin Walsh. She totally won Cannes in my opinion and this follow up look at a Bulgari event in Paris is top notch too. It’s Valentino (but not pink, yay) and the short shorts paired with the long top are super cute. -Rebecca Wadey
Best use of layers and accessories
There’s been a lot of talk on Twitter and TikTok about the so-called “weird girl aesthetic” for which Bella Hadid has become a poster child — a layered, patterned, and accessory-heavy look that the model and other cool young things have embraced in recent months (referring to draws heavily on Japanese street style culture). This ensemble that Bella wore while out and about in NYC this week is sort of a beginner’s version of that.
Every time I look at it, my eye is drawn to another surprising detail: the pattern, the crisp shirt collar, the balloon sleeves, the flared waist (weird for such a buttoned-up look), the pearl necklaces, the pearl anklet (!), the little white socks and sandals. I wouldn’t call it “weird” but worn together it’s unexpected and I love it. – Zoe Walker Ahwa
Best access to the archives
Self-proclaimed “image architect” and Zendaya’s stylist (and, it must be said, collaborator) for 10 years, Law Roach is becoming increasingly well known for his ability to draw from ancient archives that few have had access to.
From Addison Rae in vintage Versace to Bella Hadid, phenomenal in Tom Ford-era Gucci in Cannes, Roach (who started his fashion career with his own vintage shop) has an incredible way of using the past to make it very special to make the fashion now. Enter the greatest example of this yet with an ingenious top-flight trifecta: Roach x Zendaya x Bob Mackie from 1998 for the TIME 100 Gala. – RW
Best in a bow
It might as well be 2010 because once again I’m totally obsessed with bows. Just as I was getting over Margaret Qualley’s Chanel One in Cannes, Bridgerton’s Nicola Coughlan emerged in Jimmy Choo Averly pumps, which stand out deliciously over grosgrain bows at the heel and toe. Hear my scream Greta Gerwig, we better watch the fuchsia version in the Barbie movie.
While I can’t yet say I’m completely okay with the return of the Y2K hairstyle, I won’t hear a bad word about her baby blue ruffled two-piece tulle look by Selezza London. It fits right in with the style Coughlan has become synonymous with: colourful, playfully romantic but bold. – Tyson Beckett
Best Preppy makes a sporty set
Speaking of things that fascinated me 10 years ago and still totally under the influence of: It’s Alexa Chung!
Like many tastemakers, Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele likes to draw inspiration from the early Tumblr aesthetic of the mid-2010s, and the result is a glorious jumble of subcultural fashion references, as evidenced by the adidas and Gucci collaboration.
Simultaneously simple and relaxed, the butter yellow cropped knit set Chung wore yesterday to the brand’s party promoting the collection perfectly encapsulates the line: sophisticated yet sporty – Tuberculosis
Best Indie Sleaze Recap
If you weren’t convinced that the mid-noughties hipster era — now known as “indie sleaze” — is back, let me provide you with some important proof. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are patron saints of messy fun and this week the band returned with their first song and performances on stage in years.
Frontwoman Karen O has always been known for her unique art school-inspired style that matches her iconic maniacal performances on stage, and this fringed, striped caped leotard at a performance at the O2 this week is the nostalgic throwback to the fans deserve. It’s from her longtime collaborator Christian Joy Costumes, with helmet by Natasha Newman-Thomas. A helmet? Why not!
Sure, the look is a little messy and might not be to everyone’s taste, but it’s a reminder to stay true to yourself as your style evolves and you get older, as well as the importance of having fun with fashion . – ZWA