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Pretty. Dressed up. Safe. These were the terms many critics used to describe Christian Dior’s spring collection, despite the last scene on the runway, where Karlie Kloss’s bare rear showed through a shimmery and sheer evening gown.
If Paris Fashion Week had an astrological sign, it would be Gemini. Two contradictory and competing trends emerged on the runways, sometimes within the same collections. Smart separates suitable for conservative workplaces often preceded long billowy gowns fashioned from silk organza, many of which seemed like the sorts of negligees Hitchcock heroines would wear to bed.
Sheer eveningwear is a natural progression, as lingerie was a stand-out trend in many of the most recent French and Italian resort collections. Sheer skirts are already on the rise in Parisian street style, so long as they’re accompanied by dark (and sometimes boyish) undergarments. Designers borrowed from this trend and embellished the look for evening.
For spring, Nina Ricci showcased a collection of skirts and high-waisted shorts worn with embellished bras and cage hats. Valentino and Dior also embraced organza and added carefully placed appliqués and beadwork to obscure their models’ precious parts.
Even the usually subdued and conservative Akris revealed too much for some onlookers. Princess Charlene of Monaco, who sat front row at the runway show, told Britain’s Telegraph that some pieces in the Monaco-inspired collection were a bit too revealing for the principality: “There are certain protocols, and obviously I wouldn't show too much. [Monaco] is a Catholic country,” she said.