The Lovely Bows

January 2, 2011 • Magazine

The Lovely Bows

The Lovely Bows

Sun, 2000-01-02 01:00

Alia Rajput

It’s time to ring in the New Year! We’ve made the most out of 2010, had some fashion ups and downs, and are ready to face the dawn of this decade with a new attitude and sense of style. And what better way to assert this new sense of empowering femininity than with the help of one of our long, lost friends: the bow. Gone are the days of the bow as an excessively sweet accessory, tucked only in pigtails and on the backs of voluminous bridesmaid dresses. These days, designers are taking the little loops we remember fondly from our childhood and turning them sexier, sultrier and decidedly more modern.

One of the first ways to revamp the idea of the bow is to banish its previous forms and come up with a completely new one. Many designers have showcased artful, origami-like formations of fabric that merely suggest the accent of a bow. Jenny Packham wrapped her models like a perfectly off-kilter package, with abstract bows placed strategically off to the side to avoid looking too much like a present. RED Valentino provides a way to rock the abstract side bow for day: a blouse that’s both pared down and artfully unique.

For all the modern interpretations the bow has undergone, there are still options for the traditionalist at heart. Marc Jacobs sent a girly little bow down his runway, crystallized across a three-quarter length sleeved sweater. The graphic makes a cute statement without being overly cute-sy and has surprising versatility to be dressed up or down. See by Chloe serves up a similar version in black, if you feel like playing a little more naughty than nice.

Who doesn’t want to make as much of an impression going as they are coming? It’s taken awhile but after years of living in fear of being compared to the aforementioned bridesmaid dress, designers are finally starting to put bows back where they arguably belong: on the backs of things. Jeremy Scott shows one way the back bow can be interpreted — a dramatic little dominatrix that’s perfect for runway but questionable for on the street. Luckily, Porter Grey comes to the rescue with a sweet but still sexy little number that proves there still can be a party in the back.

And why should your tops get all the fun? Cinching in a skirt, pants or, in this case, shorts, and tying it off with a bow is a cute alternative to a belt and also slims you down considerably. For spring, a plethora of options in denim, khaki or linen will all be at your bow-tying fingertips; but a thicker version for winter — like wool or jacquard — will keep you toasty as you’re trendsetting. For a playful yet elegant look, metallic is your best bet. Erin Fetherston shows how you can shimmer and shine in your bottom bow, when paired with a deep V and opaque black tights. If the runway look is too matchy-matchy, nab a similar option from Thread Social and wrap yourself up with a slinky blazer, tights and heels.

Decorate yourself with any of these lovely loops for a chic way to “wrap up” 2010. Happy New Year!

1. Abstract Side Bow

Runway: Jenny Packham RTW Fall 2010 

Real Way: RED Valentino Blouse With Bow Detail $295
2. Casual Bow Detail

Runway: Marc Jacobs RTW Fall 2010  

Real Way: See by Chloe Crystal Bow Sweatshirt Now $171.50
3. Dress With Back Bow

Runway: Jeremy Scott RTW Fall 2010  

Real Way: Porter Grey Bow Back Dress Now $287
4. Metallic Bottoms With Bow

Runway: Erin Fetherston RTW Fall 2010 

Real Way: Thread Social Jacquard Bow-Belt Shorts $430

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