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Monday, August 10th 2009

Who’s That Girl?

80s remix

Fall has arrived and ’80s fashion is in full effect at shopbop: neon Super Sunglasses, lace bike shorts under bubbly balloon skirts, layers of cheeky Jules Smith and Rachel Leigh baubles, and a party-hardy ’tude.

Yes, this look is reminiscent of Get Into The Groove-era Madonna, but as Alice + Olivia designer Stacey Bendet told us, her muses for fall are really the girly/punky/outspoken stylings of the latest generation of Material Girls: Byrdie Bell, Peaches Geldof, and Cory Kennedy. “They are all strong and severe, yet sweet and innocent. They are lively, playful, sexy, and obviously stylish,” Bendet waxes. 

Cory Kennedy? Don’t feel like a complete fashion fail if you had no idea who she was; I had to google her too. Cory is a chill SoCal girl who became a model/Internet It girl thanks to her confident (and naturally gorgeous) girl-next-door mien, her masterful mix-it-up fashion sense dubbed “hobo-chic” (she was discovered at a rock show because she stood out in scruffy black Chuck Taylors, a yellow Lacoste mini dress, and black leg warmers), and hair the L.A. Times Magazine so eloquently referred to as her “signature cascade of unkemptness.”

This outsider cool-girl persona is very now, but also very Molly Ringwald as Andie Walsh (R.I.P. John Hughes). It’s a look begging for your personal stroke of creative brilliance. Try juxtaposing leopard prints and metallics, tiered mixed-materials dresses with ripped leggings and velvet combat booties, fingerless gloves with a chipped iridescent manicure and a Psychedelic Furs track serenading from your iPod. Most importantly, have fun and let loose with this be-seen-in-your-scene trend.

I’m off like a dirty shirt,

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