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Look of the Week: Kendall Jenner swaps trousers for tights

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written by Leah Doran, CNN

featuring the good, the bad, and the ugly, “Look of the Week” is a regular series dedicated to unpacking the most talked about outfits of the past seven days.

Kendall Jenner’s latest street style snap is a masterclass in minimalism, but it’s missing one notable ingredient. It’s trousers.

The model was spotted in Los Angeles this week and was photographed in nothing but a heeled slingback, black Calzedonia tights, and a classic navy knit crewneck. The whole look, including exposed underwear detailing, was fresh from Bottega Veneta’s Spring/Summer 2023 runway and was completed with one of the label’s $4,200 brass-handled sardine bags and a yellow sunflower arm.

Kendall paired a $4,200 Bottega Veneta bag with opaque black tights and a slingback. credit: Alix Newman/Shutterstock

Much of Bottega’s latest collection was designed for a double take, including leather trousers designed to look like jeans, but Jenner’s look was exactly what it seemed. While it’s definitely comfortable to go (the kind of outfit you wear around the house while waiting for a black miniskirt that was washed too late to dry on the radiator), doing so in public raises the stakes. .

But that’s the silhouette we’ve seen before. Similar to Bob Fosse’s chorus girls and off-duty ballerinas, Jenner’s outfits have a chic, dancer-like quality. If you don’t care about the rapid rise of “ballet core,” a TikTok-centric fashion trend with views, the latter is exactly the trend. From Sandilian’s satin pointe shoes and everyday tutu to her Miu’s ballet flats, an aesthetic that borrows heavily from her classical dance abounds this season’s runway.

For the keen-eyed fashion historian, Jenner’s outfits may be a reference to it girl and Andy Warhol’s muse, Edie Sedgewick. , tights, and revealing underwear became her signature look. In fact, Segdewick’s lack of pants was so infamous that Life magazine published an article about her style in 1965, “The Girl with the Black Tights.”

Starring Edie Sedgwick "Chao!manhattan" (1972) Directed by John Palmer and David Wiseman.

Edie Sedgwick appears in “Ciao! Manhattan” (1972) directed by John Palmer and David Wiseman. credit: Court Prods/Kobal/Shutterstock

“A cropped mop girl with eloquent legs has done more in black tights than anyone since Hamlet,” read the article. But its spirited quirkiness is perfect for a lively girl with legs like Edie.”

Sedgwick’s distaste for pants at least partially helped make her a fashion icon. , she wore her signature opaque tights on screen.

Trendsetter without pants

Jenner isn’t the first celebrity to champion the burgeoning no pants trend this season.

Bella Hadid walked around New York in men's underwear and mini Uggs this September.

Bella Hadid walked around New York in men’s underwear and mini Uggs this September. credit: Jared Siskin/GC Images/Getty Images

In September, sister Kylie arrives at Loewe’s Spring/Summer 2023 show in Paris wearing Superman-style Spanish brand Y-front underwear over a gray overcoat, white vest and tights. That same month, Bella Hadid was photographed in New York City wearing a mini agus, a motorcycle jacket, and white briefs, grabbing a slice of $1 pizza.

Kylie Jenner switched up her tights-only look by wearing Loewe's tight whites on top.

Kylie Jenner switched up her tights-only look by wearing Loewe’s tight whites on top. credit: MEGA/GC Images/Getty Images

It’s the logical end point for both the Daisy Dukes of the mid-2000s and the once-indomitable athleisure trend, which for the past two years has mandated wearing lululemon and Aroyoga leggings instead of structural trousers. I was.

Despite playful speculation from social media users that Kendall Jenner was suffering from temporary amnesia when leaving home, the look was completely calculated and will likely be recreated again. .

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