EX­PLICIT SEX­I­NESS

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Why not? It may not be ev­ery lib­er­ated woman’s choice, but the clothes are there for those who dare: Marc Ja­cobs at Vuit­ton, with semi-sheer 1920s flap­per dresses, like an x-ray take on The Great Gatsby cos­tumes. Or Burberry Prorsum’s cheeky rub­ber skirts, paired with heart-patterned knick­ers. Donatella Ver­sace can­not re­sist a flour­ish of flesh as a curv­ing line of sheer fab­ric trac­ing the body. For fur­ther rev­e­la­tions, Joseph Al­tuzarra’s splits go nearly all the way. An­thony Vac­carello and Fausto Puglisi of­fer sliced-side dresses with a sim­i­lar op­por­tu­nity to prove that

un­der­wear is barely there.

A MAN AND A WOMAN

Can you be both mas­cu­line and fem­i­nine at the same time? You can, if you go for Dries Van Noten’s po­tent fash­ion fu­sion, a stirred-up as­sort­ment of gen­der-spe­cific looks. Think of a mix of menswear-in­spired pieces with fem­i­nine em­bel­lish­ment – crys­tals stud­ding a camel coat, feath­ers waft­ing on a tai­lored skirt, a striped col­le­giate scarf against an em­broi­dered cot­ton shirt. If only they made fu­sion shoes: high heels that screw onto flats for an in­stant change of needs and de­sires.

TEX­TILE MES­SAGE

You aren’t up for a big fash­ion­ista state­ment but want to look subtly fem­i­nine? Play­ing with tex­tures does the job. Lan­vin’s Al­ber El­baz is a mas­ter of fe­male-friendly clothes, pair­ing a sil­ver fox stole with a sleek sil­very dress or cre­at­ing a 3-D pat­tern by at­tach­ing ap­pliquéd but­ter­flies to a but­ter­fly print. Also in this lead­ing cat­e­gory of tac­tile tex­tures for Au­tumn 2013: To­mas Maier of Bot­tega Veneta, with em­broi­dered silks re­call­ing rough paint down the front of a wool sheath, and Fendi’s meld­ing of fan­tas­ti­cal fur and leather fringe.

WORK OUT

It’s yet another crazy day. And Cé­line’s Phoebe Philo re­ally gets it, that need for clothes to stream­line your life: a tu­nic top and flared skirt or a pinafore dress, and a tai­lored coat in blush pink. One out­fit does it all! Jil Sander un­der­stands this, too, with tex­ture as much as cut – the deep-pile sweater with a soft wool skirt. For the world of work: a Chanel tweed suit with a flared skirt and a sin­gle fash­ion jolt, as in patent boots, bright hose, bold bag.

Louis Vuit­ton Au­tumn/ Win­ter ’13

Bot­tega Veneta Au­tumn/ Win­ter ’13

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