Before the colorful power-suit Clinton there was the fist lady who pushed the fashion boundary in politics. The resurfaced image of Hillary Clinton at her first big event at the White House created a buzz on the Internet recently. The young Clinton stood freshly in front of the camera in a form-fitting Donna Karan dress with a demure beam on her face. This so called “cold-shoulder” appearance resulted in an unforgettable controversy in 1993. Whether it’s cold-shoulder, one-shoulder, or off-the-shoulder, shoulder-baring designs have been one of designers favorite silhouettes. It is the perfect mix of sweet and sexy, sleek and sultry, and the best way to show off the forever-flattering part on women despite their age and size.
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The trend marked its recent triumph in Spring Summer 2015 – It-girls like Leandra Medine from Manrepeller or Nicole Warne of Gary Pepper Girl generously flaunt their best features in billowy Rosie Assoulin or sophisticated Vika Gazinskaya on Instagram. Meanwhile New York labels like Tibi and Rossie Assoulin have stuck to the cool and relaxed urban dressing, showcasing the off-the-shoulder trend in more directional silhouettes. Others like Alexander McQueen, have taken a romantic stroll in the English countryside, using intricate lace, pleated ruffles, and floral prints for some shoulder decorations. Contrary to Sarah Burton’s delightful softness, Chloé has caught us by surprise with a 90’s-inspired collection, in which Waight Keller unexpectedly paired track pants with a contrasting Lolita-style off-the-shoulder top and some frayed edge denim pieces. From day to night, office to beachside, shoulder-emphasized styles and looks are here to stay until 2016. Sleeves will not be missed just yet.