On our way to work today, we saw a woman who made us turn. She was wearing an all-black pantsuit with a black scarf and gloves - probably a lawyer, we thought. We wouldn't have noticed her at all if it wasn't for one thing: her otherwise funereal ensemble concluded with a pair of mens' wingtips. She'd managed to turn a boring, single-note work uniform into an outfit - kind of like adding a fun dot to straight line, she turned herself into a walking exclamation point. It was the first time we'd ever seen menswear on a regular person (i.e. not a 6' tall model or a theatre actress out for a cigarette break,) that actually looked like clothing, and that the wearer rocked completely as her own. We don't know if we could take it much further than maybe a vest (and we'd die if we could actually get away with suspenders,) but we certainly stop and admire those who can pull it off so well. Do you ever wear styles truly inspired by menswear?
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New blog Part Nouveau, or ‘partly new’, delves into fashion history to showcase the inspiration–be it art, photography or design–behind some of today’s biggest fashion moments. It’s fascinating and impossible not to get lost in, so we asked the site’s founder, Lilah Ramzi, to give us a little history lesson each week. This week's lesson? A look at YSL's Le Smoking from 1975, and as reinterpreted by Hedi Slimane for today.