Backwards is the New Forward
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
In a surprising move that keeps making me think of a very preppy Kriss Kross (jump! jump!), it seems that a backwards cardigan or v-neck sweater is the latest grassroots trend to sweep the fashionable. You can do it yourself, or purchase one that a designer has done for you (which is probably much better for making sure the front neckline is flattering and tag-less, but probably also much more expensive).
I offer as proof: The pic above from The Sartorialist's latest off-the-runway shots on Style.com; the cute 525 America striped boyfriend sweater below, $76, spotted by T. Lo at Fashion Binge. Plus, Style Bubble experimented with the look last month so you know it's just a matter of time before it's huge.
Actually, despite the unavoidable Daddy Mac/Mac Daddy association, one of my all-time favorite tops (of which I own two – in red and navy) reminds me of this trend. It's by Shanghai-based designer Zhang Da, whose instantly covetable and slightly quirky pieces make me want to return to Shanghai just to buy more (I found these at a little boutique stocking only local Chinese designers called Younik in the Bund 18 complex). The unexpected back plunge is really striking – I wore it to a party last year, where it got lots of compliments and was also described as the sweater equivalent of a mullet: business in the front, party in the back.
Which is my favorite description of a piece of clothing ever.