Zip Lock

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An ordinary closure becomes many designer's latest decorative muse.


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From left: Spring/Summer '09 collections 3.1 Phillip Lim, Preen, Behnaz Sarafpour


Despite its pure functionality, the zipper is one of the oldest fashion tricks in the book. Not only is it a quick and practical way to bring definition and shape to any jacket or skirt, it's clean industrial look renders it a striking staple in its own right among punks and avant guardians alike.

For the coming spring, designers like Behnaz Sarafpour, Suh-Tahn, and Phillip Lim all looked to zippers not only as a form of everyday usefulness (who doesn't love a nice pocket?), but they re-worked them in a number of fanciful ways. Used in contrasting diagonal lines, swirling blossom patterns, and repeat hip and skirt pockets, these zippers transcend the traditional and go straight for runway notoriety.


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From left: Spring/Summer '09 collection Suh-Tahn


Shop the trend now:


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From left: Ash Intox Flat Zippered Shoe, $152, available at Oak; Maud Patti Zip Heels, $215, available at Pixie Market.


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From left: H Chalayan Zipper Skirt, $262, available at La Garçonne; I Heart Norwegian Wood Zipper Harness, $60, available at Etsy (photo via Fashion Toast).

An ordinary closure becomes many designer's latest decorative muse.