Last Season’s Fashion Now

Leandra Medine | March 6, 2012
Last week The Outnet dropped a pretty big chunk of Stella McCartney a la Spring/Summer 2011, (the links provided are mere projections,) at which point I imagine sale fiends of the interwebs made a collective migration over there in order to obtain a bit of the notorious fashion fruit. Because when life hands us lemons, it seems only Stella McCartney can successfully turn them into body flattering silk slices of sartorial heaven. The skirt shown above in particular, I’ve had my eyeball on since runway time last March. Instagram suggests that many of you did too and so here’s a fun factoid should you have missed the small window of opportunity The Outnet provided. I got mine from Yoox, it’s still there. Run, don’t walk. And with that out of the way, here’s to the post’s title. The massive hype this collection garnered got me thinking about longevity. The general consensus on clothes or shoes so characteristic of a singular season and brand–take last season’s Miu Miu glitter booties or this season’s Prada rocket sandals–is generally that after the season at hand has gone, the items in question render outdated. When a trend is coveted for so long before it’s drop date and then exploited well after, it’s hard to look beyond the trendiness of that point in time. There’s something to be said though about the excitement and general notion of continuing wear-ability attached to this collection.
Apologies for the halt in fliudility but I have to interrupt proper programming to reference an important red carpet moment from last week and give myself credit where due because you see, I was doing the Angelina when it was still being called the Man Repeller. But back to my point.
Stella McCartney skirt, Style Mint t shirt, H&M; vest, Altuzarra wedges, Camille Zarsky clutch, Ralph Lauren sunglasses, DANNIJO and Mono & Me bracelets. Photos by Naomi Shon.
When I saw the skirt a few weeks ago, minding its own business, sitting idly on the internets, I found myself just as excited to own a piece of this movement as I was last season. This is why I decided to pull the trigger on it. The skirt sort of passed the test of its time. It’s still relevant regardless of the oversaturation–this is not a real word–it may have fell victim to last season and doesn’t feel, you know, dated. Now, maybe not pertaining to this particular bit of cloth, this is still a good shopping rule of thumb to keep in mind while pondering whatever it is you’re attempting to buy. Ask yourself if you’ll still want to wear it in one year? Two years? And depending on the heftiness of the price tag…eleven years? 
Now ask yourself this: do you like my new banner? It is an homage of sorts to alien life on earth.
  • Michelle

    I love that skirt every time I see it. Great buy!

  • Alice McGenniss-Destro

    the banner just works- are they your tribe in conquering the blogosphere, if so you guys seem to be doing pretty well! x

  • Emma

    You are living the Second Chance Fashion dream there – it is what I live and breath myself. Beautiful clothes are always wearable – whether they are last season or last decade. Good for you for saying it loud and proud



    You are so perfect.


  • Daniele Charão

    Amei seu look! <3
    Seu blog é muito legal, divertido e inspirador.
    Beeijo… ;*

  • Sketch42

    You know my thoughts on this… AGREEEEEE!!!!

    I honestly think Stella kind of created this massive floral trend thats happening now. She was pre-trend. These clothes are more on trend now than they were last year… But that said, they are going to be going the way of the glitter bootie soon enough… Florals in general, not that stella print. They will be hot for another year, but then they will be DONE. Capital D. Kind of like neon will be next year. It started last year, and was exciting and new, this year it reached its saturation point and by next year, its going to be a big ball of flaming 2012 on your body in 2013.

    The thing is though, if you save these iconic pieces for long enough, they become so fun and cool to trot out when they are so unexpected! Like the Prada flame heel will be awesome again in 3 or 4 years. But next year they will be terrible.

  • Tina

    love your skirt! you look so chic.. of course as usual!

  • Suse

    love your style, especially the biker look leather parts <3

  • Man Repeller

    Like Moschino 1989, now!

  • Modelovers

    Very stylish!


  • lafemmealamode

    LOVE this skirt! You look amazing!

  • duckalicious

    how is this a repeller when your nether regions look good enought to eat? =)

  • patty and lo

    love outer space inspired clothes/banner. well done.

  • .

    The banner is very nice, that dress on the right is amazeballs. I am also liking the third picture of you down, skirts going wild!

  • Anonymous

    Hmmm… Giant lemons on my thighs and lady parts? Pass.

  • Anonymous

    which stylemint t is that?? x

  • Bonnie,Clyde and Marni…..
  • Uberfett

    Looking good! Love the background.

  • Sharon

    I love your new banner!

    I was the first thing I noticed :p

  • Estherina

    Fantastic skirt!

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  • Sketch42

    Right, we need to buy those flame pumps just for the sake of the vintage wearings of them!

  • Natali

    You make this skirt look even more fun and unique than it already is!
    So inspiring!

  • Rob

    The banner rocks! I still can't get over the Balenciaga sweatshirt lol. To your point, I think about this all the time. I work with samples all day and it's really interesting to see the many ways different publications style things and try to make the fresh again… By that time the thrill is long gone, and I'm ready for something else. I try not to pay too much attention to trend sections and such just to keep my mind fresh and make my own decisions about pieces, and also to avoid nightmares about Andre Leon Tally is chasing me wearing a cape made of 200 Givenchy rottweiler sweatshirts. NAGL.

  • nataliya

    love your outfit and love your banner!!!


  • Jacqueline

    Boy am I glad the citrus look is still totally wearable!


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  • Andrea

    ahhhh! love love love this skirt!

  • Twins

    The shoes are amazing!
    Great the banner! It is you!! xx

  • monkeyshines ♥

    gorgeous heels and skirt!


  • WearAbouts

    love the new header of your blog. the flowry skirt is FAHHHBULOUUUSS <3
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  • Camilla

    those shoes are the cutest :)

    xo Camilla

    Into The Fold

  • Street Lovely

    kind of loving the skirt. and yes, your new heading looks fab!
    Street Lovely

  • lucia m
  • Fashion With Ellie

    Love your outfit!!! So fun!! I wish you were my friend so we can go shopping together hahaha.

    BTW Love all your videos with Rachel Roy they are hilarious!!


  • Chrissy

    I could not agree more with your point of view on buying great pieces, not trendy ones. :)
    new banner is fab, like you! xx

  • La Petite Olga

    Great buy and perfect for upcoming summer!

    xx Olga
    La Petite Olga

  • Collections

    Love it! I have a similar dress from as well not stella mcartney but still gorgeous!

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  • Nuit Hernandez

    my goodness Leandra, love everything about this outfit!! its SO RAD!!!

  • Charlene Gondo

    You posed so ridiculous, yet funny! You should be a comedian, I almost die laughing when I saw your video!

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  • TripsTreasures

    Great skirt ! and I love your comment about you and your angelina poses.
    It really is true that certain trends are super temporarily and its better to invest in items that you'll be able to wear for years
    fashion & lifestyle in Belgium

  • Carolina Sundell

    You bought the right piece, lovely skirt!

  • everYOURS everMINE

    love it!
    i totally need a leather vest like this!!!!!!
    xo from spain :p

  • Neijah

    Love floral skirt x leather vest combo!


  • Anonymous
  • Living The Fashion

    Love the skirt! Is amazing!! :)
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    I've decided to start my own fashion blog, and would like some followers…
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  • Eva

    AMAZING!! Love the print on the skirt and combo with that edgy leather vest! xoxo

  • Genie

    I think the vest is what has me, I'm taken by how edgy it makes your otherwise sweet outfit.


  • Inés

    Those photos instantly brought a smile to my face; love them!

    Big hugs!

  • Tisha Loves Smokey Eyes

    I could totally see why you wanted that skirt! Who doesn't love a great floral print right? You stole the words right out of my mouth. Keep up the great work!

  • Anonymous

    That collection was so mouth watering, I also saw it on Outnet last week and would've given my first born for a slice of that lemon, alas, I am not quite in the size catergory. And yes, spotted the new banner straight away, I was all like OH HAI MARY KRATRANTZOU!!

  • Emily

    Totally dig your new header.
    Keep up your crazy poses, great outfits and awesome writing!
    Best from london,

  • Julia Sandman

    I'm absolutely in love with Alexander McQueens show, held in Paris just a little earlier tonight!
    See the collection here :

  • T.

    Very good post and great outfit!

  • servinupstyle

    I love that skirt…not to mention that your new banner is really nice too!

  • Becca

    Love that you are doing the Angelina! Definitely Man Repelling to the max.
    Same goes for the new banner. Amazing!!!

  • Anonymous

    you are so very cute and adorable
    love the new banner and your legs

  • Lisa
  • Nicole @ Giraffelegs

    Adore the new banner.

  • Katherine

    Such a gorgeous skirt! I love the vest you paired it with. So perfect and effortlessly cool!

  • Meganne

    Do I sound like a wet blancket if I say I liked the old banner better? I guess some pieces are more of an investement then a current trend statement (although clearly this Stella skirt proves to be both.)
    Material Fixations

  • Asia

    You know I saw this skirt a lot and never really appreciated until seeing it on you. I guess a lot has to be said about styling and I liked how you styled it. Also love the new banner!!

  • lateybirdy

    well for one, I totally agree your point on the items which are for one season only. However a real fashionista would rock that piece! I really liked the fact that you embraced last seasons skirt it looks good on you

    on another point cute header!

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  • Creativity&Chocolate

    You look amazing! Love the vest and those wedges rock!

  • Lola

    I found out a little too late and missed out on the thigh-high boots, gutted!! X

  • Audrey
  • Amanda

    last season, this season…you look great!
    Love the updated banner!

  • Anonymous

    you are such a freak, ot's aweosme

  • Anonymous

    In love with Stella's citrus print! Have you seen the Stella McCartney Citrus Cake?! Gwyneth Tang apparently loves it:)

  • Designer Clothing Online

    Great skirt!!

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    its very cool shoot and her hair is so nice…nice work.I would like to visit newer posts and also to reveal my thoughts with you.
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  • Anonymous

    great skirt
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  • Ms.Fashionista

    The mix of feminine patterns with the edgy leather vest is perfection. Superb contrast.


  • Gabrielle

    Awesome outfit! Love the colours.. great skirt!

  • Dylana Suarez

    Gosh I love this!


  • Eva

    I love how you turned the "classic" style of the skirt into a rocky style!

  • Lolita in the Mix

    I love the skirt and the prints. You just know how to pull it off! Fashion isn't about in or out but about the way you style and combine and make it your own contemporary style! Love it!