Anna Vlach

The Advertiser - SA Weekend - - FASHION -

ONCE UPON A time there lived a princess called Diana who was en­am­oured with the one-shoul­der dress. She wore it ev­ery­where. Diana, above, even ac­ces­sorised the aqua silk for­mal gown she wore dur­ing her 1985 Aus­tralian tour with the wed­ding present given to her by her mother in law Queen El­iz­a­beth – a Cam­bridge emer­ald neck­lace. But in­stead of putting the choker around her neck, as the Queen would have de­sired, Diana, who had for­got­ten to pack a tiara, wore the royal heir­loom as a head­band à la Olivia New­ton-John in the video clip for Phys­i­cal. It was a bold move by Shy Di. As was the one-shoul­der dress. How­ever, af­ter Diana’s death I re­call one mag­a­zine writer gave her sig­na­ture style the thumbs down, sug­gest­ing it was a faux pas rather than a fash­ion state­ment. Diana was ob­vi­ously just years ahead of her time be­cause 2009 has been the year of the oneshoul­der dress.

In Jan­uary, US First Lady Michelle Obama chose a one-shoul­der chif­fon gown by Ja­son Wu to wear to 10 of­fi­cial balls cel­e­brat­ing her hubby Pres­i­dent Obama’s inau­gu­ra­tion. Since that white dress ap­peared on the red car­pet, show­ing a bit of col­lar bone has been the new black, with ev­ery de­signer from Ar­mani to Zam­patti rub­bing shoul­ders with the trend.

And the new black shows no signs of fad­ing any­time soon: Cate Blanchett wore a royal Ar­mani Prive oneshoul­der dress to a Gior­gio Ar­mani event in NYC only last month, and Carla Zam­patti has in­cluded a lively lizard-print silk-satin mini dress in her lat­est col­lec­tion.

But just so you know, the one-shoul­der is be­ing shoved out of the way by the sculpted shoul­der. So best to give your one-shoul­der dress a work out while you still can. Un­less of course you’ve been skip­ping the gym – be­cause flabby up­per arms are the pits. In which case, you will have to give the one shoul­der the cold shoul­der. The dar­ing one-shoul­der pi­o­neered by Princess Diana has been the dress of 2009.

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