This Week, the Best Dressed Stars Served Up Fashion History Lessons

The most impactful style moments always have a story. Last week, as stars finished awards season on a high note, they sought out pieces whose history was as fascinating as their design. The trend began at the Independent Spirit Awards, where elegance trumped indie cred. Host Melissa Villaseñor may have delighted the audience with her impressions of Gen-Z celebrities, but her double-breasted Dior suit would have made Old Hollywood legends Marlene Dietrich and Katherine Hepburn proud.

The event’s flights of fancy were similarly retro. Kate Mara’s diamond patterned Miu Miu mini-skirt and matching pearl-embellished jacket and Julia Garner’s marabou-covered Prada

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Designer Misha Japanwala Is Never Fully Dressed Without a Breastplate

Japanwala finds that garments like this straddle the line between fashion and fine art. “In fashion school, I didn’t expect to do body casting initially, and I find myself in this gray area in terms of what others consider to be ‘fashion,’” Japanwala says. “My work is hung on my walls, but it’s also wearable, so I personally consider it fashion.” Breastplates also became popular on the runway in 2020, as seen in collections from Tom Ford and Schiaparelli, and worn by celebrities like Zendaya, Kim Kardashian, and Zoë Kravitz.

After she graduated from Parsons, Japanwala woke up to a

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