Hola, GBF! Check out this fashion piece that was published in online for The Daily Tar Heel’s Year in Review edition… plus pretty, pretty pictures, of course.

By: Abbey Caldwell, Staff Writer

Though the year 2007 didn’t bring the return of acid wash jeans, shoulder pads and parachute pants, it might as well have.

The world of fashion saw a few equally shocking premiers in 2007.

Revered American designer Isaac Mizrahi broke ground when he put one foot in the upscale department store Neiman Marcus and the other in Target stores less than five years ago, but this year proved that he isn’t the only fashion A-lister who can appeal to the moderately priced masses.

Vera Wang prompted the jaw drop heard ’round the world when she brought her Simply Vera line to Kohl’s, and Roberto Cavalli set off endless lines of eager shoppers awaiting the debut of his low-priced line for H&M.

But a heavier wallet wasn’t the only shock endured by fashion enthusiasts last year.

Ladies packed away their dainty summer dresses and opted for a fall look of vests, baggy pants and masculine hats a la “Annie Hall.”


And low-riding jeans became an endangered species when the high-waisted look became a staple for the fall season.

But if muted colors, tuxedo vests and Oxford shoes weren’t your style in ’07, bright colors and bold statements were equally chic.

English designer Henry Holland popularized neon-colored T-shirts that took young hearts by storm with rhyming slogans audaciously referencing fashion industry insiders.


Holland’s signature catch phrases like “Get yer freak on Giles Deacon,” which pays homage to the London-born designer, caught on quickly and were eventually given a new, less expensive spin when imitated by labels such as Forever 21.

But one trend that made a comeback for almost every label was simple: hats.

Bad hair days everywhere tipped their newfound saviors to the likes of fedoras and even turbans, the latter thanks to the innovative designs of Prada.


And just when we thought that white socks worn with no pants and a simple pair of briefs went out of style – it did.

But the Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses once worn by Tom Cruise in “Risky Business” and Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” and further popularized by Andy Warhol and Bob Dylan, reached another peak of popularity in 2007.

Now a staple to everyone from the New York City Lower East Side hipster to the UNC fraternity court resident, the Wayfarer style has become as recognizable as the stars who pioneered it.


Even though acid wash jeans and shoulder pads are more than likely piled into boxes at a flea market where they belong, the respective shocks of 2007 have created quite a challenge.

Top that, 2008.

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