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Vests made a comeback at Paris Fashion Week spring 2018

Louis Vuitton spring/summer 2018 Image by: Imaxtree

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Hey, remember vests? I haven't considered them stylish since about 2007, when I wore a black, satin backed (shudder) cropped vest festooned with gold buttons that probably came from a store that started with "Urban" but did not end with "Outfitters." But then I saw a take courtesy of Natacha Ramsay-Levi's debut at Chloé. The designer sent out a grey vest, worn with nothing underneath and paired with matching trousers. There was something, well, fresh about this concept, even a bit insouciant. I realized that like the slouchy boot and belt bag before it, the vest was overdue for a comeback. Enough time has passed since we last donned these sleeveless jackets (in my case, paired with satin cargo pants) that we can look at them with nostalgia rather than disdain.
 

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From left: Chloé, Stella McCartney and Céline spring/summer 2018 Image by: Imaxtree


It takes more than one show to kick off a trend, and Chloé wasn't the only runway to feature the topper. At Stella McCartney, they were done in denim acid wash, and at Acne, striped and prim. Even Céline offered a take—oversized and a little eccentric. But it wasn't until the Louis Vuitton show that I was convinced the vest would be to SS18 what the cardigan was to FW17. The show featured dozens of embellished, regal-looking vests worn with shiny trousers and boxer shorts with exposed midriffs. Convinced yet? 

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