Tuesday, September 30, 2008

A-Hem!

... as in: Asymmetric Hem! We’ve become accustomed to the one-shoulder look; now it’s time for a whole new asymmetry! Hems have gone haywire, and the effect is magnificently uneven!

At right: Anne Hathaway in Atelier Versace

At left: A.F. Vandevorst Spring 2009 - CC adores the uneven lace hem!

Photo credits: Ms. Hathaway, courtesy instyle.com.
Runway photos via style.com except where noted otherwise.

Aquascutum
Christopher Kane
Duyos, via vogue.es
Jil Sander
Nina Ricci
Sportmax
, via nymag.com
Adam
Luella
Michael Kors
Atsuro Tayama
courtesy telegraph.co.uk
VPL
Oscar de la Renta
Rick Owens
, via nytimes.com
WHAT TO BUY:
For beginners: an asymmetric hem sweater, like this Vivienne Westwood Red Label oversized cable cardigan, available at net-a-porter.com.
For the adventurous – CC loves asymmetric hem skirts because they allow a gal to show a bit of leg without crossing the line into trampy…
At left: Chloé Wanderlust asymmetric floral skirt; this and next at net-a-porter.com.
Vivienne Westwood Red Label new basic draped skirt
Gary Graham Secretary shirting skirt. Visit lagarconne.com.
For advanced fashionistas: the asymmetric hem dress.
At right: Jenni Kayne swing tank dress.
Left: Alice + Olivia structured collar tweed dress; both at shopbop.com.
Roksanda Ilincic asymmetric color block frock - it doesn't get any pinker than this! This and next five frocks available at net-a-porter.com.

Rue du Mail asymmetric velvet dress
Roksanda Ilincic square drape dress
Vivienne Westwood Red Label crepe jersey corset dress
Alexander McQueen satin one-shoulder dress
Roksanda Ilincic coral drape tank dress - CC loves the bold color accents on this one!

Will you be wearing the a-hem trend??

53 comments:

MakeupByRenRen said...

i love the hems that show a different color underneath, gorgeous!

Cara Mia said...

carrie, the rue du mail is stunning! very blade runneresque. i learn something new about fashion every time i visit your blog....great post!
cara mia

Lindsay said...

I wish I could pull this look off as good as the models do!

issa said...

sometimes i like asymmetric sometimes no.. i guess just because it can sometimes feel dated.. but love how your picks are so subtle! love them!

ivoreece said...

It looks very interesting! I feel so inspired...

Lisa said...

all these dresses are stunning. But for some reason i am not drawn to asymmetrical hems.

i do love them... i'm just not IN love with them! okay i'm a nerd.

loves.

MR style said...

christopher kane is reallly good !! i love it !

Emily said...

good call...when i want to show some leg, choosing an asymmetrical hem is totally the way to go. wow, isn't anne hathaway unbelievably stunning?

lisa said...

Oh Anne Hathaway's dress is gorgeous!

Haha I feel like this is another one of those times where I just wear what I love and somehow it comes back as a trend. My staple LBD has an a-hem, as does a pink paisley dress hanging in my closet.

coco said...

It is a lovely look. I still adore Anne in that Versace dress.

Sharon Rose said...

Hi there-totally loving Viv Westwoods pieces, very nice indeed!

sammi-lise ^_^ said...

anne hathaway's dress is absolutely stunning!

i love the blog...visit mine sometime, i am linking you right now.

Señor Quinquillero said...

Hola, a mí me gusta mucho en faldas y vestidos, sobre todo largo por detrás y corto por delante. Un saludo.

EMS said...

Love the hems, trend
my favorite dress has to be th lilac Roksanda Ilincic

La Belette Rouge said...

Such a pretty post--very fluid and feminine. I don't think I have ever worn an asymmetrical hem before. Not sure I would. But, they are very pretty.

yiqin; said...

The one Anne wore is freaking amazing! All the flowers..wow..

Jessica said...

Hahaha you made my day with your comment "maybe just because it's getting close to Halloween and I'm keeping an eye out for costumes?"

You really have an eye for fashion, always noticing the trends and stuff. :))
I love the necklace on the VPL model.

Have a good day also and thanks for the birthday wishes :)

Bostonista said...

I am in love with this look! And my gams are perfect for them!
xoxo

Jernest** said...

Great! I love symmetric designs but these is great too! that orange dress ws my favourite...


Great Blog!

xoxo

izzydore said...

anne hathaway makes me actually like her, because of that atelier versace dress.

Thanks for the comment and the advice, i will definitely take that into consideration....

Susanna-Cole said...

Ok, you totally deserve an award for clever titles! And I love some looks with asymmetric hems, and others... not so much. I guess it's yet another one of things where, if done right, it looked killer, and if done right, it can just look like a mess! ;)

xoxo,
S-C

myriam said...

The Luella dress! iiiih!

...love Maegan said...

fall to me equals DETAILS DETAILS DETAILS....and I'm just loving it all!

Crave said...

I'm especially smitten with Anne's dress! How magnificent!!

Mrs.French said...

goodness...how do you find what you find? genius my friend...I want the cozy sweater please.

Melissa said...

Ahhh asymmetrical anything rocks my world. I used to be OCD about it because it wasn't even, but now it looks so sharp to my eye. Recently I've been playing around with the off-the-shoulder look.

K.Line said...

I love the black skirt! I do like asymmetric but only certain cuts. It's a tricky look...

Anthea said...

Ooh lala! Fabulous post. I like the way you are labeling things now :) Looks great !

Diabolina 3.1 said...

ANOTHER brilliant post. God i love all of these. f. you teach me bad bad things. That last dress is a cha cha dream!!! but the oscar de la renta and vpl are my faves.

Miss Karen said...

I love this look so much! I once tried to make an asymmetrical skirt and uh, lets just say the results were 'indecent' hehe. I think I'll just stick to buying the skirts instead.

miss cavendish said...

I'm loving the rue de mail velvet dress. It's luxurious and cozy,

I wore a bespoke asymmetrical hem to my graduation dance (we didn't call it a "prom"), and, like the argyle, it belongs best to my memories. But the rue de mail is tres subtle and could easily change my mind. Am going to hunt it down right now!

fashion herald said...

one of my favorite trends, and this must be the best post title ever!

Nay'Chelle said...

I love asymetric hems. I have a dress that's asymmetric, but I don't think it's on purpose lol. I love it anyway.

Annie said...

The black with fringe. :)

Fifi Flowers said...

I like a straight boring hem... but if I have to pick... I pick Oscar de la Renta... FUN skirt, big belt, blouse... of course I will need to look like the model wearing it as well... hmmmm

Diana Coronado said...

I love all of it !!


But the hit: The pink shoes

Sasi said...

I love Stammy's look at Oscar de la Renta, and also the Atsuro Tayama one!

Lil Midget said...

great post!
and yes, the style is great :) Love it

xo

Juliet said...

For a night out this would work so well, not so much in the day (for me).

juliet xxx

Mariane M. said...

the a-hem look is great. very flattering as it makes one's legs look realllly long. wouldnt wear it with too many ruffles, though. x

Fashion Guru said...

i am loving this post. love the hem dress. first time here. great blog by the way

♥ Marta ♥ said...

I love Anne Hathaway's Atelier Versacen dress ... wow :)

I think that I would definately try this trend... if I could find something to my liking,like a flirty cocktail dress :)

Frenger. said...

i like it a lot when it's layered, definetly :D

MimiSaeger said...

Great post!! Your blog is really interesting, the pictures are amazing!!

Fashion_Girl22 said...

The asymmetric has to be my all time favorite. Especially when Valentino did it. I couldn't ask for more. <3
Anne looked phenominal in that Versace dress. She had to step so much out of her comfort zone...

As you can see by my lack of posts, I've lost all interent connection on my laptop becasue of the weather. I have no clue when it's going to come back...so my whole blog has gone crazy. :/

LCL said...

ah Anne Hathaway is gorgeous as usual.

on a GG note, I love the Chuck/Dan thing
verrrry interesting

Jaimie @ Just Kiss 'N Makeup said...

Carrie darling! oh how ive missed you and your site! love the photos!

LaCouturier said...

i love how you break down all the trends =) its very helpful!

and omg, that balenciaga. i cannot get enough of their motorcycle bags! one isnt enough for me!

Penny Lane said...

Anne Hathaway's dress is amazing!

THE HOUSE OF STYLE said...

honey the A-hems as you aptly put it ;o) are getting more and more adventurous! Your blog is a firm fave my dear,you are so thorough and detailed my dear.Love the last two pieces you featured in this post.
muah!
m.

The Lil Bee said...

Jessica Stam could make a garbage bag look cute. So annoying! But really, I love her look in this collection. Lovely work, CC, as usual.

Nothing Elegant said...

I'm loving the uneven hem!

Sarah M said...

omg this is a GREAT compilation of pictures and styles! i love the black skirt and the pink skirt is my dreammmmmm eye catching dress! <3

great post!