High Fashion, College Wallet: Maggie Marilyn S/S 2017

Paris Fashion Week just came to a close, ending a month of new collections constantly inspiring the industry elite as well as anyone who loves fashion. Maggie Marilyn is 23 and new to the fashion world, having only started her brand in September 2016. Amazingly, the New Zealand designer is already showing at Paris Fashion Week, has her pieces available on Net-a-Porter and has distinctly defined her personality and aesthetic. Her Spring/Summer 2017 Ready-to-Wear collection has room for improvement and further development, but is a good start to her budding career.

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The second look is built upon current trends, adding a feminine coolness to several current  popular styles. The model wears a white open-shoulder top with ruffles as sleeves, metallic silver skinny jeans with ruffled ankles and light dusty rose sneakers with matching laces. Her hair is effortlessly tousled in a low pony. This look isn’t yet spotted on the streets, but since it’s easily wearable, it’s an ideal look for college students to replicate.

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Since cold-shoulder tops are so of-the-moment, they are available from most stores and websites. Try this one with eye-catching embroidered details, available for $24 on Victoriaswing.com or go pale pink with this one, which ASOS sells for $24.50. Silver metallic pants have yet to go mainstream so they are uncommon and expensive, so mimic the look with Topshop’s faux leather trousers, available for $65. Incorporate the ruffles through shoes — try these grey booties from Overstock.com for $21. To keep the shoe’s color closer to Marilyn’s, be a trendsetter with these $35 ruffle feather slingback sandals or splurge on these suede pointed toe boots, both in the nude shade from Gioellia Boutique.

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The seventh look was also a standout. An all white number, it includes a long, bell-sleeved high-neck top, a layered knee-length skirt with ruffles and laceless sneakers. The monochromatic outfit will certainly turn heads, as it interprets everyday pieces in such a high end and striking way.

Any white outfit that mixes simple and intricate pieces will create a similar effect, and this particular one is easy to recreate. Wear a basic white turtleneck on top, such as this one from River Island for $20. For the skirt, look for something that resembles the carefree femininity of the one in Marilyn’s look. Some options include this Wearall frilled mini skirt, a steal at only $14, as well as this beautiful $25 Lucy Paris lace midi skirt from Nordstromrack.com. To complete the look, just find a pair of white sneakers, like these for $20 from Wet Seal, and remove the laces. There you have it — an amazing monochromatic look.

Whichever look a fashion-forward student picks, imitating Maggie Marilyn’s combination of artistic, feminine details and cool casual pieces is sure to result in standing out. A young designer herself, Marilyn has a clear and budding talent for crafting looks that work well on campus or on the street. She is certainly one to watch as her line grows and influencers begin experimenting with her aesthetic.

Ali Webb is a staff writer. Email her at violetvision@nyunews.com.

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