Balenciaga x Comme des Garcons

Balenciaga and Rei Kawakubo for  Comme des Garcons are certainly an unlikely pair, through they make for one (almost 2) great exhibition(s). The Balenciaga x Comme des Garcons exhibits really have nothing to do with each other; they are in separate rooms and are displayed in the most unparalleled way ever, though you don’t just go to one and ignore the other. The Balenciaga side has pieces made and owned by Cristobal Balenciaga, and includes garments, accessories, and sketches. It’s funny to see how history repeats itself in Nicolas Ghesquiere’s recent collections for Balenciaga (hello, Darth-Vadar-Visor-Hat) and is astonishing to see if nothing else than for the beauty of Balenciaga’s garments.
Walking into the Comme des Garcons side of the exhibition was like walking into a completely different world. Garments from Kawakubo’s Spring 2012 collection, all in white, were showcased in big, clear bubbles. Think a hamster ball blow up to twice-human size. But in a good way- it was very cool, and contrasted nicely with the historic-inspired yet thoroughly modern look of Kawakubo’s clothing. The clothing, while creepy at times, was eerily beautiful, and made even more interesting by the seclusion provided by the bubbles. 

For the Fourth: What to Wear

If you still don’t know what to wear for the 4th of July, here you go!
Over your super sweet swimwear (try saying that five times fast), you could either do a dress, or a top and bottoms (see below). Sequin dresses (1) are always welcome for anything, especially the fourth. Striped dresses, like the Yves Saint Laurent Printed Tulip Dress (2)Chinti and Parker Striped Organic Cotton Mini Dress (3)Marc by Marc Jacobs Helga Striped Knit Dress (4)Romwe Navy Striped Sleeveless Dress (5), and the Melissa Odabash Jamie Striped Mini Dress (6) are perfectly fourth-y. Stars and Stripes, right? Forever 21 Polka Dot Dresses (7) and See by Chloe Denim Bustier Babydoll dresses (8) work well as well. If you want solids, go for Topshop’s Drop Waist Shift Dress (9) or Issa’s Eyelet-Embroidered Cotton Dress (10). If you want to go full-out-flag,  Storets Stars and Stripes Dress (11) and BDG’s Knit Flag Print Dress (12) are your best friends. 
If you live in a hot climate or have great abs, I highly suggest wearing this Topshop Flag Bralet (1). If you want American Flag style: Equipment Stars and Stripes Silk Shirt (2) (which also comes in long sleeve, for the life of me I don’t know why it’s so expensive), Nasty Gal America Shirt (3)BDG American Flag Chambray Shirt (4)Hilfiger Denim Flag Print Tank, or the Haute Hippie Haute Hoodie Flag Poncho (6).
Moving on to the bottoms, you don’t want to be pant less. Or maybe you do, which is fine too. hey, it’s a free country. If you want to cover your legs, well, bum really, there are quite a wide variety of denim short options for you, including Rag and Bone Mila Shorts (1)J Brand Low-rise Denim Cutoff Shorts (2/3)Siwy Camilla Cutoff Shorts (4)Siwy Cutoff Shorts (5)Current/Elliott The Boyfriend Star Print Denim Shorts (6)J Brand Star Cutoff Shorts (7)Asos American Flag Print Denim Shorts (8)Topshop Bleach Flag Print Hotpants (9) and Anthropologie’s Bleach-Dipped Shorts (14). For non-denim shorts, the J.Crew Dapper Striped Shorts (10).