Play with Femininity and Masculinity in these Show stopping numbers

Written by Eden Herbstman

November 2011

It was the one and only Liza Minnelli who revolutionized cabaret and jazz clothing, with sequins, blazers, hats, garters, and heels. The style never went out of fashion, but became a staple for bold costumes and dazzling show stoppers. Perhaps it was after Beyonce’s VMA “bump unveiling” performance when she donned her Dolce and Gabbana purple sequin blazer, with a white button down and black pant, that re-ignited the jazz fashion that Liza set in motion years before. For this post we picked the top glitz and glam looks perfect for costume fashion, or a more subtle look.

First and foremost, a crisp black blazer is a must have outerwear piece, and Rag and Bone is one of the current designers who have mastered outerwear tailoring. Black will always be the go to signature blazer color, however A.L.C.’s white blazer creation, with a black trim, is a refreshing twist on the staple piece. With the addition of a black dress and tights A.L.C’s blazer is perfect for a winter white outfit. Antik Batik’s black sequin crop pant is a dazzling addition to any outfit, so try switching the safe black cocktail dress with this for any black tie event. If a full sequin pant is too much sparkle, then Diane Von Furstenberg’s black cotton shorts offer a little shimmer with black beads. Perfect with black tights, these shorts are great for winter nights with a fur coat and boot. Prabal Gurung’s feminine play on the masculine shirt and tie combo is a perfect pairing with the beaded shorts. If you like Gurung’s feminine transformation to masculine wear, then check out the Moschino Cheap and Chic tuxedo jump suit, which is a playful twist on the gent’s black tie go to. With a bow tie and cummerbund, this gender-bending piece is worth ditching the mini-dress for, if just for one night.

Bow ties and blazers aside, the shoes are the finale to this star-studded ensemble. This trend is great for not only feminine takes on masculine clothing, but shoes as well. Alexander Wang and Giambasti Valli go the tap shoe route as inspiration for their chic loafers. Wang includes tassel accents on his leather loafers. (P.S they also come in pump form.) Giambattista Valli has a more traditional tap loafer, covered in patent leather with a silver tone heel. These are great as dressy flats when you want to stow away the heels for the night. It is however, Jimmy Choo’s crystal-embellished navy mesh pump that is the ultimate piece to jazz up any outfit; defiantly Liza approved.

Written by Eden Herbstman

Design by Clementine Jang


1. Rag and Bone black fitted blazer

2. A.L.C. white wool blazer with black satin trim

3. Antik Batik black sequin pant

4. Diane Von Furstenburg black beaded cotton short

5. Prabal Gurung white silk blouse with black tie

6. Moschino Cheap and Chic wool tuxedo jumpsuit with attached bowtie and cummerbund

7. Alexander Wang leather loafers with tassels

8. Giambattista Valli patent leather loafers with silver heel

9. Jimmy Choo navy mesh pump with crystal embellishment

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