JUST SLIP INTO IT
Fashion forward women have given a big thumbs up to the very ’90s slip dress trend
In 1996, when Princess Diana walked the red carpet at Met Gala, wearing a dark blue slip gown by Dior, she succeeded in making the slip dress the sexiest thing for a woman to wear. Designed by John Galliano, the creative director of Dior, the silk slip dress with black lace detailing around the neckline became quite a rage. It swiftly conquered the fashion runway too, with designers such as Calvin Klein and Narciso Rodriguez designing myriad adaptations of these dresses in the fall of 1997, ready-to-wear show.
There was a time when these dresses were considered innerwear. During the Middle Ages, in England, smock was a loose-fitting, straight-cut and lightweight garment worn by women beneath their dresses. It was called a chemise in France.
Slip dresses have made a stylish comeback this season as outerwear. International runways recently saw Nina Ricci, Celine and Burberry showcase adaptations of the dress. Their reinvented versions made the dress look classy yet sensual. Style it right It’s important to wear the slip in a way it doesn’t look like an inner wear. Though it’s a fairly versatile piece, one has to wear it depending on the occasion. During the day it could be worn with jeans and a thin waist belt or an oversized denim jacket and sneakers. “Dress up the slip dress with a belt at the waist, stilettos and a sling bag. A pair of trainers with a high pony tail and a pop of lip colour add the cool vibe to your slip dress,” suggests designer Nandita Mahtani.
For an evening look, go dressy. “It can be dressed up with jewellery and shoes like lace up booties or pumps,” suggests designer Shehla Khan. Make sure that the garment is well-fitted and the silhouettes are cut well. “Go for slip dresses that take your body shape. Avoid straight-cut ones as they look more like innerwear,” says stylist Vikram Seth. Going Indian You can give a desi spin to your slip dress. “I think a slip dress could look good with either a long embroidered or patchwork jacket or a organza cape,” says Khan. The fabrics “Silk satin in dark colours with delicate lace is a beautiful combination. Sheathed silk georgette also has a great fall,” says Mahtani.
Silk satin in dark colours with contrasting delicate lace is a beautiful combination. Sheathed silk georgette also has a great fall NANDITA MAHTANI, DESIGNER
Go for slip dresses that take your body shape. Avoid straight-cut ones as they look more like innerwear VIKRAM SETH, STYLIST
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