Nude looks take Paris Fashion Week by storm
Saint Laurent creative director Anthony Vaccarello last week made sheer the main theme of his latest fall/winter collection. (AFP photo)

PARIS: The see-through clothing trend dominates Paris Fashion Week, which concludes on Tuesday, demonstrating that demand for skimpy clothing remains strong despite practical and even legal issues. It shows.

Last year’s red carpet was full of nude looks, from pop star Dua Lipa’s lingerie-clad dress at the Barbie premiere to Rihanna’s front row appearance in an online babydoll dress.

Whether it’s tulle, organza, fishnet or chiffon, this trend shows no signs of disappearing on the Paris catwalks, with every brand from Chloé and Courrèges to Givenchy and Wine Santo offering versions of the style. I was there.

According to fashion data experts Tagwalk, from 2023 to 2024, the number of sheer outfits will increase by 40% across the 20 largest brands.

Nothing was better than Saint Laurent. Anthony Vaccarello, Saint Laurent’s creative director, last week defined the main themes of his latest fall/winter collection.

The work is perfectly timed with an exhibition entitled “Sheer: The Transparent Creations of Yves Saint Laurent” being held at his namesake museum in Paris, and is his first in 1966. ‘s see-through look and his iconic transparent chiffon dress two years later.

Puritan Americans were exposed to scandal back then, and still are, albeit with a more sociopolitical basis.

Last week, the New York Times wrote a shocking article titled “Breasts, Breasts, Everywhere,” lamenting the fact that only 12 of the 48 looks from the Saint Laurent show were published in “this family newspaper.”

“At this stage in the 21st century, such transparency seems like a common form of provocation disguised as misogynistic fashion,” wrote Vanessa Friedman, the magazine’s fashion correspondent. She said, “[Women]are already objectified, but do we really need to objectify them even more?”

“sexual display”

Of course, transparent looks always attract a lot of attention.

Jennifer Lopez’s appearance at the 2000 Grammy Awards in a sheer green Versace dress generated so much internet traffic that it inspired the creation of Google Images a year later.

Some see it as an extension of the “body positivity” movement, where women proudly flaunt their physiques.

Laurence Benaim, Saint Laurent’s biographer, dismissed criticism of the iconic designer, saying he had “increased the transparency of art”.

“It was not about exposing the body, but hinting at its presence through the intangible yet sensual fabrics.

“Transparency means freedom,” Benaim says.

However, too much exposure can mean the end of freedom.

Even in supposedly liberal France, the crime of “sexual exposure” still carries the threat of a year in prison and a fine of 15,000 euros.

“There’s a difference between a fashion show in a private space, where the audience knows what to expect, and the idea of ​​wearing these costumes in public,” said French criminal lawyer Avi Bitton. Stated.

So how can you wear this trend without going to jail?

“It depends on your daily life, but for most people, even showing your pants isn’t an option,” says Cosmopolitan magazine stylist Clemence Guilherme.

Instead, she suggested wearing a short lining or skirt under a sheer knee-length or midi skirt for the same effect.

For tops, Guilherme advised “those who aren’t quite as bold yet” to wear a blazer over an opaque or flesh-colored bodysuit.

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