Runway to Realway: The Lovely Bows

January 4, 2011 • Runway/Realway, Yahoo


Alia Rajput for Second City Style Magazine

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.

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