It’s everywhere, highlighting red carpets-dresses that are half there and half non-existent. We’ve seen everyone from J.LO to Beyonce to Kim Kardashian to Gigi Hadid and Irina Shayk. Big designers and fashion houses have been designing them- the likes of Givenchy, Roberto Cavalli and Donna Carren.
So what’s the deal with this trend? Is it fashionable or just plain tacky? Is it flattering or just completely appalling? Allow me, as someone who has nothing to do with fashion industry, but would still say they’re a fashion enthusiast, to weigh in on the topic.
I honestly believe that some outfits and pieces are mostly suited for high fashion shoots and runways. Some outfits kind of fit the mould of artistic fashion and are there to look and marvel at. They are, however, completely impractical to wear as they’re simply uncomfortable or pose a lot of riskiness when it comes to what gets exposed accidentally. The ‘naked’ dresses are a dead-on example of that.
In last year’s CFDA awards, for example, Rihanna made headlines with her sheer, bejewelled dress that basically featured nothing but Swarovski crystals covering the singer’s body. On her look, its designer, Adam Selman had said: “fashion is about beauty, and the [female] body is part of that.” Her stylist, Mel Ottenberg, simply stated: ““The point is to be audacious, even jaw dropping or button pushing.”
Whereas, yes, perhaps in the celebrity sphere, it’s important for each public figure to continuously surprise crowds with their fashion choices. They need to stand out and have all the gazes on them in order to maintain their celebrity status. What about, however, normal people like you and me? Can we rock the fashion trend just as nonchalantly?
Personally, I believe they’d be more of a headache than a fashion statement, if I decided to one day rock one. I’d be too preoccupied trying to make sure nothing I don’t want showing gets accidentally exposed than actually enjoying whichever event I’m at.
So, what’s the round up? Do I think they make strong fashion statements or are just plain tacky? Well, I believe that perhaps they’d suit some people more than others. On celebrities, they’re not that shocking for we always expect celebrities to pull out all the stops to maintain their fame. On normal human beings who are not constantly thrown under the spotlight, I honestly believe they’d be way too tiring to rock.