Celebs bring sexy back
O ld school Hollywood glamour and androgynous style is giving way to barely there, showstopping gowns as skin has its fashion moment in bringing sexy back.
After the comparatively conservative fashions seen during the 2016 Emmys and this year’s Oscar awards, 2017 may well turn the trend of elegant chic on its heel, ditching unnecessary fabric to put the focus on flesh.
The trend for showing skin has been getting hotter this year, with international model Bella Hadid one of its first champions.
While, admittedly, there is no outfit the 20-year-old couldn’t pull off, it was her Cannes Film Festival wardrobe that captured the most attention.
If flashing her knickers in a pink strapless dress, split to the her pelvic bone at the film festival opening wowed, it was quickly upstaged by her gown for the amFAR’s annual Cinema Against AIDS Gala.
The sheer dress — her nude underwear was virtually her only coverage — was a transparent piece of draped fabric with a thigh-split and strategically placed beading, complete with a train to add confusion or drama. She, naturally, nailed it.
Rihanna — similarly no stranger to baring some flesh — has upped her game of late, turning up to the London premiere of her sci-fi flick Valerian and the City Of A Thousand Planets in a plunging, nipple-grazing red dress that showed off her breasts in all their glory.
Celebrity stylist and designer Sophia Banks — who has worked with Kelly Preston and Kendall Jenner — says the trend is part of a wider move away from androgynous fashions back to real sexiness.
“I think we’ve had so much androgynous fashion and a lot of oversized things, like the ’80s high-waisted jeans, and coming off the whole Kim Kardashian West phenomenon which is all very sexy, the fashion trends are going that way,” she says.
“There’s been so much masculine wear, the trend now is towards more feminine style.”
Fashion stylist Lana Wilkinson says we’re likely to see this trend on next month’s Emmy Awards red carpet, citing Versace and current runway collections featuring well-positioned fabrications.
She also credits Kardashian West for making the trend widely accepted, through her body confidence and nude selfies on social media.
But while Wilkinson argues underwear is always a must on the red carpet and it’s best to balance with some skin covered and some revealed, she says the sexiest part of the trend isn’t the gowns, but the confidence of the women pulling them off.
“If you’re not confident, then you won’t be able to carry it off. I take my hat off to the women who can,” she says.
“There’s something to be said about someone owning what they’re wearing and feeling good about it.
“JLo’s dress at the Billboard Awards, the fabrication of that dress, it was flesh baring but
If you’re not confident you can’t carry it off it covered up all of her private spaces as well. It was done really well but there would have been a time a few years ago where that look wouldn’t have been accepted.”
It’s not just reserved for A-listers, as Bachelor contestant Leah Costa, 24, showed, heading into the house with the game plan of no undies to accommodate a sheerpanelled dress. And many of this year’s young Splendour In The Grass goers sported a very Kylie Jenner-esque look, going braless in a sheer bodysuit with star-shaped nipple covers.
Barely there: model Bella Hadid in that dress, singer Rihanna and Leah Costa from The Bachelor.
Jennifer Lopez at the recent Billboard Awards shocked many with this f lesh baring outfit.