Celebs bring sexy back

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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.

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