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Fashion Editorial: Strong Shoulders


i-D Magazine Cover, September 1990 "Pretty Young Things"

i-D Magazine Cover, September 1990 "Pretty Young Things"

Fashion director of i-D magazine and Stylist extraordinaire Edward Enninful along with photographer Emma Summerton produced this beautiful yet bold fashion editorial. Based on the 1990s and the dark Gothic influence Michael Jackson‘s Thriller provides, this editorial is filled with strong shoulders, pleats, attitude and the most dangerous high-heels around. Think Lady Gaga meets Rihanna. Shot in September 1990, this spread is still relevant today in 2011 – that’s when you know you’re good!! Looking at this made me want every dress by Dolce & Gabbana, Alexander McQueen and Louis Vuitton combined, and though I know I’d fall horribly with some of the shoes featured but, Margiela and McQueen can sure design a mean heel.

The cover is very simple and colorful, channeling the hues and urban flair of the 1990s with the four models’ signature wink. Totally opposite from the actual spread in the magazine. The girls on the cover give a very playful pose and look, while the editorial is serious, bold and fierce.

Pretty Young Things - i-D Magazine Fashion Editorial

Pretty Young Things - i-D Magazine Fashion Editorial

You can pull off the above look easily. No need to spend an arm and a leg so long as you have the right elements of style in mind. A pair of shiny lame’ leggings, high-heeled boots or platform heels (the taller the better), and a body conscious dress with strong embellished shoulders! I love how the posing of the photo further annotates the girls’ power and femininity, and the dark palette ties into the whole theme. To recreate the look just look for dresses that exude boldness and attitude; the strong shoulders trend has been around since the 80s (shoulder pads, anyone?) and though it might have been milder then, it is definitely a trend that can be reworked continuously.
On the left (Inspiration): Alexander Wang dress, Roberto Cavalli boots, Stella McCartney dress, others aren’t legible.
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On the right (outfit):
Jeffrey Campbell shoes available at Karmaloop.com
Chained Up one shoulder dress available at Revolve Clothing
Metallic Slivers one shoulder dress available at F21
Mesh embellished body-con dress available at Asos.com
One shoulder mini dress available at Asos.com

Pretty Young Things - i-D Magazine Fashion Editorial

Pretty Young Things - i-D Magazine Fashion Editorial

I can’t say enough about the dresses in this shot. Classy, soft, feminine and yet extremely raw and edgy. The feel between the soft pleats of the dresses and hard edge of the McQueen heels create a balanced contrast of feminine power. Just because one wants to dress elegantly doesn’t mean she can’t add a little sass in the process. The look is simple to recreate. Keep in mind you want to combine a neutral color palette, so mixing off-whites, pastel peach and even black to black heels does the trick. Play around with skirts, pleated pants, and even jackets. Don’t conform to one structured look, be inspired and build slowly..before you know it you’ll be walking around like the diva you are!
On the left (Inspiration): dresses by Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs, shoes by none other than the late, Alexander McQueen.
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On the right (Outfit):
Strong-Shoulder turtleneck sweater available at BCBG.com
Sweetheart fan detail dress available at Nordstrom.com
One-Shoulder animal print dress available at Neiman Marcus
Jeffrey Canpbell wedges available at Solestruck.com

Images courtesy of i-D & FGR
Graphics by Trina.


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