That’s So Raven and Hannah Montana, faux fur was the apple of many young eyes. Your mothers would lament at the thought of their daughters wearing pink fur jackets to school trying to copy Raven’s famous looks—today, we can’t get enough of it. Fur is everywhere, real or faux. Brands from Urban Outfitters, H&M and Zara to the biggest designers in the industry including Coach, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs and Gucci among others, are pushing all the boundaries with fur. Oscar De La Renta showcased a dress which had an entirely fur skirt during New York Fall Fashion Week. You can even find it on some shoes and accessories, i.e. the Rihanna Fenty Puma Slides collection, the fur-ball key chains and furry phone cases. It also seems like everyone at this point has jumped back on the velvet bandwagon going 100 mph. The Juicy Couture jumpsuits made of velour and terrycloth, essentially the child-fashionista version of velvet, were everyone’s favorite and the look is coming back in all different forms. It’s not just a plain sweat suit anymore; from dresses and pants to body suits and crop tops, you can find velvet on the red carpet and in your lectures. It’s on our sneakers, chokers, jackets, socks and even the well known swimsuit brand Frankie’s Bikinis sold velvet bathing suits this summer. The inner girl in us would never overlook the importance of bling. Glitter is no longer reserved for rave goers and little girls, and everyone in fashion is taking advantage of it. The new YSL boots completely bedazzled in rhinestones are already sold out. Bella Hadid walked in a full sequin dress for Carolina Herrera’s show in New York Fashion Week—and she wasn’t the only one sparkling down the runway. Rihanna’s Gucci bodysuit at Coachella that had her shimmering from head to toe was far from a fashion crime. The whole sequin and sparkle aesthetic is a favorite of ours all over again, and Legally Blonde’s Elle Woods wasn’t the only one who could pull it off back in the day. Designers all over the world are tapping into the 2000’s, and can’t get enough of those funky patterns and fabrics we were all crazy about. Society has come to a point where the feminist movement fueled a backfire on all wardrobe restrictions—the possibilities are endless and imaginations are soaring. So turn on some Disney Channel re-runs, drape yourself in denim and diamonds, bask in the soft touch of fur and velvet, and own the streets in cheetah and plaid. Why not? There’s absolutely nothing stopping your inner diva from coming out to slay.
Model: Adelaide Megard 70
Northeastern University's Fashion Magazine, The Avenue - Youth Issue