Is this season full of anti-fashion fashion? Yes, it’s a paradox indeed, but in case you haven’t noticed, some of this season’s looks do not feature the hourglass figure, or the covetable neckline, or the long gams of a woman. Instead, some silhouettes hide everything that makes women so feminine. And yes, the trend is catching on.
The dresses from Dries van Noten, for instance, seem to hate curves, with its loose tailoring covering all assets. Devoid of print, accent, or accessories, the spring line definitely wants to make a statement by making none.
Dries van Noten S/S 2011
Marc Jacobs also chose not to set modesty aside. With shapeless sweaters and long, formless skirts, the designer’s catwalk ensemble seems to lean towards taking the emphasis away from what makes a woman sexy.
Marc Jacobs A/W 2010
Other designers took heed of this emerging trend. Stella McCartney chose long, airy outfits as part of her runway ensembles. Etro wasn’t far behind, with long dresses which begged to be noticed a little more through bold colors. Richard Nicole also believes in the love affair between the long skirt and the sweater, showing the world through his most recent collection.
Etro S/S 2011
Perhaps the world of fashion has been so used to using clothes to draw attention to the décolletage, the derrière, or the overall femme appeal. Perhaps women have become so used to dressing to entice and tease, to make themselves objects of desire. But this season begs to differ; why should beauty depend on the sultry? Why should modesty always be set aside?
Maybe there is more to be gleaned from the mystery of this un-sexy trend. After all, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.