Many fashion-conscious women unleashed their inner rebels last fall by embracing studs, chains and zippers. It looks like they'll get another chance this spring because zippers are back.
Fashion icon Kate Moss has personified the leather-jacket look for years, but zippers made their way into every major fashion magazine as a must-have accessory in 2009.
"Zippers are everywhere," says Eric Maxwell, owner of Medford's clothing boutiques La Strada and Papillion Rouge.
In the fall, accoutrements from dresses to earrings came embellished with zippers. Designers like G-Star and Diesel not only decorated all of their jackets and jeans with zippers, but also their long-sleeved shirts, purses and shoes.
The abundance of zippers in local clothing boutiques such as La Strada, Urban Minx and Jacksonville Company shows that zippers do a lot more these days than open and close — they are a statement in themselves.
Ashley Artoff, manager of Medford's Urban Minx, says motorcycle jackets were one of the main influences on the zipper trend, but the "zip" look isn't meant only for biker chicks anymore.
Juicy Couture and Kensey mixed zippers in with their girly pieces this season, says Artoff.
Jacksonville Company flaunts delicate shirts and dresses laced with zippers. Rebecca Morrison of Jacksonville Company attributes this combination of rough and delicate to the debut of the "raw zipper."
"It used to be about hiding zippers," Morrison explains. "Now exposed, raw zippers add a rough edge."
While the biker-chick image may have influenced the flourishing trend, "zippers are not biker; they're fun and cool," says Maxwell.
"Beauty is about contrast in art and clothing," Morrison says. "The trend is all about contrast and being eye-catching."
While many designers are incorporating them into spring dresses and tops, zippers are especially big on accessories this spring, says Maxwell.
Magazines like Vogue are putting a strong emphasis on the rocker-girl image for spring, describing the look as "zippers draped like scarves around jackets."
If you're not hardcore enough to dive headfirst into zipper fashion, but you still want to enjoy the contrast created by the new trend, Artoff recommends zippered leggings because they are easy and trendy.