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Zip It

Zips prove to be more than just a fastening this season; functioning or not, on sweaters, skirts and dresses they make a clear style statement.

This micro-trend first surfaced at the Pre-AW14 collections. Antonio Berardi extended zips along the curves of his signature sculpted dresses while Christopher Kane placed oversized two-way zips along the length and width of snake-embossed shifts. At the AW14 shows, Carven favoured a clean neck-to-knee zip while Alexander Wang decorated whole looks with zips in symmetrical lines and crosses at Balenciaga. Stella McCartney went all out, applying zip teeth in ornate squiggles on everything from sweaters to skirts.

Mad Men actress Jessica Pare chose one of Antonio Berardi’s Pre-AW14 numbers for a turn on the red carpet while fellow actress and model Jaime King recently pulled off a zipped T by Alexander Wang two-piece. On the streets, more intricate zips are favoured; imagine a zipped 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli satchel held close against a multi-pocketed biker jacket.

Shop our edit of statement zipped pieces below.

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