Are you brave enough to bare? Or have things become a little too transparent for you? Either way, sex is in with a bang.
We are all familiar with the motto “sex sells” and in this case, sex is selling fashion. Long gone are the days of seeing your favourite celebrity in floor-length Oscar de la Renta ball gowns at the Grammys and forget about flowy Valentino dresses on the red carpet. The hemlines have risen to an all-time high. It seems as though everywhere you look, things are getting sexier, from mini-dresses to lace, knee-high boots to nude-colour fabrics. Innovators are bringing the bedroom to the bar.
Dolce and Gabbana have been doing sexy for years but now you can find amazing looks from couture designers such as Jean Paul Gauitier as well as hipster designers including Alexander Wang and Jason Wu. Lots leg with hot pants ruled the spring/summer 2010 fashion runways. Blame it on Lady Gaga. Her creative individual style has made her a fashion icon in her own right and designers have taken notice from the songstress. Armani designed all three of Lady Gaga’s dresses for this year’s Grammys. A scan of John Galliano’s 2010 Haute Couture shows the designer is also a fan of Lady Gaga and her high sex appeal look. For Christian Dior’s Haute Couture 2010 collection, he mixed old school class with pantless and topless models. Dior’s spring/summer 2010 collection continued on the underwear as outerwear trend, offering a mix of sheer fabrics, lace and corsets. And designers hope all women unleash their inner lady of the night, pairing black bras under sheer white tops and mini skirts above of over-the-knee boots.
While Rihana can pull off wearing nipple pasties and a blazer, novices should start slow and let the look grow on them. The most important thing when you wear anything is to be comfortable enough to work that look to the fullest. For beginners, you can start by wearing sheer blouses under your blazers for a sexier look, or lace cocktail dresses with opaque tights. Corsets look great paired with a skin-tight pencil skirt and killer heels for a night on the town. And there really is nothing hotter than working your inner Carrie Bradshaw strutting in skin tone numbers. Flat over-the-knee boots look great paired with jeans for a more casual vibe, while high-heeled thigh-highers are best left for an evening out.
Trendsetters everywhere are having fun with fashion, loving the free spirited essence designers are sending down the runway. But remember, less is more. Edit is the operative word here. A lace nude-coloured dress with over the knee-boots is overkill. Finally, there is only one Lady Gaga (thankfully!). So fashionistas everywhere, take note: hot pants are one thing but please leave the bodysuits to the dancers.