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6 Trends That Changed The Fashion World For The Better — PHOTOS

The sartorial world is about more than just looking pretty. Fashion trends can be used as social dialogue and can sometimes help change the world for the better. While that good pair of boots or the dress with twirling potential can make some of our hearts somersault in our chests, it's fashion in and of itself that can be more than just what sits in your closet. It can serve as a social commentary tool.

Trends can evolve to show the changing climate of a particular decade and can pinpoint the moment a generation started to shift its ideals and change the world for the better. Women ditched corsets in the early 1900s as the suffrage movement gained steam; girls raised the hems of their skirts in the '60s as the second wave of feminism rolled through the States; and the youth of the '90s chose "non-fashion" grunge as a "no thank ya" nod to the sellout ideals of "the man." They weren't going to follow the business-card-slinging ways of American Psycho, and their thrift-store plaids proved it.

Below are six trends that not only changed the dialogue of an era, but helped the youth of that generation find its identity and use fashion as a tool to change the social conversation of their time.

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1. The Flappers Of The 1920s

Gatsby! Capone! Speakeasies! Automobiles! The 1920s was a transformative decade of flash and glitter, as its youth was all too eager to leave oppressive Victorian ideals behind. It was the decade women won the right to vote, the year gin was taken out of cupboards, and it signaled the moment when theHarlem Renaissance took over the nation. Not to mention it was the age of swing dance and flappers.

Just a decade prior, women were still widely perceived as obedient, plain-living, pious creatures. The '20s girl wanted to go against every single one of those traits.

So she applied lipstick in public, smoked cigarettes, kissed boys, and bared her ankles and shoulders, much to the shock of her mother. Flappers were arguably the first youth rebellion in America, and their style reflected it.

What fueled this change? The success of the suffrage movement and women's newfound voice had something to do with it, but 1920s fashion was also a direct rejection of stuffy Victorian gender roles and the idea of the Gibson Girl, a pen-and-ink version of the ideal woman created by illustrator Charles Gibson, who combined the "fragile lady" and the "voluptuous woman" into one male-fantasy super hybrid.

She was the personification of what a "true woman" should be, and the youth of the '20s was done with her and her boring chignons. Whereas in the Victorian era woman often tried to look older than their age, the flappers aimed to be androgynous and almost pre-pubescent, hiding their curves and traditional femininity in baggy drop-waist dresses, but still giving off a casually sexual vibe.

Joshua Zeitz, social historian and author of Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern, quoted Dorothy Dunbar Bromley, a noted liberal writer at the time: "Rather they were 'feminists — New Style — and truly modern Americans who admit that a full life calls for marriage and children but at the same time ... are moved by an inescapable inner compulsion to be individuals in their own right.'"

2. The Miniskirts Of The 1960s

The 1960s took the cooling-pie-on-the-windowsill years of the '50s and flipped it on its head. The new decade was all about change and revolution.Beatlemania was taking over, the Civil Rights Act changed the fabric of society, brothers and boyfriends were being sent to Vietnam, birth control pills hit 6.5 million American women by 1965, and some women began burning their bras. As all this was happening, the young generation reflected the wild change by keeping the momentum going and taking scissors to their skirts.

Before the 1960s, young women were expected to dress like their mothers, in full skirts and ankle-skimming dresses — every inch of a businessman's respectable wife. According to Valerie Steele, fashion historian and author of50 Years of Fashion: New Look to Now, "Looking back on the late 1950s, the English designer Sally Tuffin recalled that, 'There weren’t any clothes for young people at all. One just looked like their mother.'"

As the social climate changed, however, so did the style. Many feminists saw the mini as a symbol of their right to show off their bodies however they wanted, and it no longer felt like the "right thing" for the daughters of Suburbia USA to dress to please their future husbands. They wanted to dress to please themselves and whoever wanted to look. Because of that, a new feminine ideal was created: The Single Girl.

She was young, made her own money, and didn't occupy her mind or time with men — not that she was disinterested; she just had more important things to worry about. According to Hilary Radner, history professor and author of Swinging Single: Representing Sexuality in the 1960s, "The Single Girl does not consider the possibility of a world without men; she has more concrete things on her mind, like paying rent."

Think of characters like the refreshingly selfish Polly Golightly, or successful Swinging London models like Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton. Women no longerhad to be housewives: They could be educated, could bring in their own paychecks, and didn't necessarily need to rely on the support of a man as in decades past. The teeny mini represented that new and excitingly radical idea.

3. London's Punk Scene In The 1970s

Ripped clothes, safety pins holding tattered shirts together, mile-high mohawks: London's '70s punk movement was everything furious, fast, and chaotic. These kids were social revolutionaries decked out in tartan and Dr. Martens, brewing a flashpoint of working class unrest.

According to The Telegraph, the debt crisis of 1976 left 2 million people unemployed in Britain. Much of the youth was broke and without work. The new scene that started to unfurl in London's underground was a direct and angry middle finger to the British ruling class. According to Jeffrey Banks, author of Tartan: Romancing the Plaid, "In the late 1970s punk music was a way for youth in the British Isles to voice their discontent with the ruling class."

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Kylie Jenner’s Clothing Mistake: Says She ‘Didn’t Get The Email’

It’s true that Kylie Jenner’s clothing is always a hot topic of discussion. It doesn’t matter whether Kylie’s fashion is setting trends or copying her sister, someone always has something to say about it.

For example, brother-in-law Kanye West recently reportedly told Kylie to stop copying sister Kim Kardashian’s fashion. Kanye even went so far as to tell Kylie to “create her own identity,” according to an August report from Hollywood Life.

Kylie must have taken Kanye’s advice, because on Monday Kylie Jenner’s outfit looked nothing like that worn by her Kardashian sisters or her famous momager, Kris Jenner.

While walking the red carpet at West Hollywood’s Ysabel for Cosmopolitan‘s 50th birthday party, the other four members of the Kardashian clan — Kim, Kourtney, Khloe and Kris Jenner included — dressed in sleek and sexy all-black clothing. Meanwhile, Kylie Jenner stood out from the pack with her blush-colored ensemble.

Kylie definitely stood out from the rest of her family, and if she’s trying to create her own identity, she definitely found a way to do so Monday night. Kylie Jenner’s fashionable outfit looked phenomenal, according to sources.

After the event, Kylie Jenner’s Instagram account was filled with photos from the outing. In one photo, where Kylie posed with Kim, Kourtney, Khloe and Kris, the 18-year-old reality TV star joked that she hadn’t gotten the “wear all black” email.

Kylie Jenner’s clothing look included a blush sweater tucked into a blush-colored skirt, a pink Givenchy cross-body, chain-strap bag, silver jewelry, and gray shoes. Kylie Jenner’s hair color is forever changing, and Monday night she sported her now-famous blonde.

Prior to the Cosmopolitan event, Kylie took to Instagram to share a close-up of some of her accessories, including her shoes, her watch, her coat, and her pedicure.

Later in the evening, Kylie Jenner’s Instagram also featured a close-up photo of her face, which was made up with dewy pink coloring and her trademark mauve lipstick.

Back in August, Hollywood Life reported that Kylie Jenner was struggling with a way to separate herself and her look from the look of her older sisters and Keeping Up With the Kardashians co-stars. At the time, Hollywood Life reported that Kylie didn’t really care if she looked too much like older sister Kim.

“(Kylie) doesn’t know where to take her look at this point. She’s digging her looks and style and doesn’t really care if she’s stepping on Kim’s toes a little.”

Kylie Jenner’s look on Monday evening was definitely different from that of Kim’s — and every other member of her family. Has Kylie finally found a way to create her own fashion brand and fashion identity? Could there be a new fashion queen of the Kardashian family?

Some sources say the changing of the Kardashian guard has been coming for a while. Kim Kardashian has long held the throne as the Kardashian fashion queen, but some say Kylie Jenner’s youth and hip style give Kylie the advantage in the fashion arena. Kylie Jenner is 16 years younger than her sister Kim, and it seems likely that Kylie and Kim would have different audiences.

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Kris Jenner Kylie Jenner Kim Kardashian

Kris Jenner, Kylie Jenner and Kim Kardashian of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.” (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images Entertainment.)

Regardless, Kim Kardashian’s fashion and Kylie Jenner’s fashion of late is bound to be extremely different: Kim Kardashian is expected to give birth to a baby boy before the end of the year. It would make sense that Kim and Kylie have extremely different fashion styles at this point.

What do you think? Do you think Kylie Jenner was trying to separate herself from her sisters when she dressed in light colors Monday night?

Kylie Jenner’s clothing was spot-on Monday night, but the reality KUWTK star’s looks aren’t always perfect. Check out the video below for some of Kylie Jenner’s fashion faux pas.

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An Inside Look At StyleWeek Northeast

Rhode Island was once known as the Jewelry Capital of the World. At one point, Providence produced 80% of the costume jewelry made in the U.S. And as the home of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Rosanna Ortiz knew there was a fashion scene that was waiting to be reinvented. That’s why she founded StyleWeek Northeast in 2009. “I started it to give designers a platform and the resources they need to start a collection,” says Ortiz, a native Californian with a background in marketing and public relations. “It provides an industry so RISD people don’t have to leave.” Going on now through September 18th, 15 runway shows will be held at the ballroom at the Providence G (don’t miss Rooftop at the G for a killer view of the city and delish cocktails and Mediterranean fare), plus an accessory showcase and, of course, fashion after parties.


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“Rhode Island is known as a fashion destination, but we’re open to designers from anywhere,” says Ortiz. Though people come from all over country, 45% of the designers that show are from Rhode Island. Applicants are interviewed over Skype, and they must have a collection that is brand new and has never photographed before—they exclusively show debut collections. They’re also the only regional fashion week that follows the trade schedule. These five rising fashion brands are a few of the standouts in the local Providence style scene.

Kent Stetson Growing up on a horse farm in New Hampshire, Kent Stetson’s mother did all of her own tack work, which is how he learned to do leatherwork. Specializing in print and leatherwork, he started making bags 14 years ago and now they’re sold in 250 stores around the world. Stetson initially came to Providence as a pre-med student at Brown and, as an artist himself, fell in love with the creative scene. “The fashion scene in Providence is like an art scene,” he says. “Bags were initially a way to package my art, but now it’s my medium.” Now he makes 150 bags a week, all handcrafted in his studio, many from luxe materials like wild caught snakeskin. Instead of making patterns, he rolls each hide out individually to create the purse. “It’s a sculptural process,” he says. Every bag is one of a kind and Stetson personally signs the interior of each one. Once you get your hands on one of his signature printed bags, you’ll want to collect them all.

House of Cach If Alexander McQueen had a futuristic accessory collection, it would be House of Cach. The brainchild of Alexa Cach and Molly Northern, the jaw-droppingly unique line offers ready to wear and custom designs for men and women. Inspired by large-scale art projects, with materials sourced from all over the world, it’s truly wearable art, all handcrafted from unexpected elements. Take the #projectbug collection, which uses real preserved insects, including a brass chest piece made from gilded cicadas with semi-precious stones, coconut wood, freshwater pearls and vintage pieces. The same preservation technique was used for the Modern Madonna collection, but this time with roses, lilies, and orchids captured in full bloom. The newest RTW line, “Armor,” takes its cues from a post-apocalyptic world where resources are scarce. Whether you opt for a more classic or experimental piece, any accessory from House of Cach is a head turner.

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