Laced Up and Cinched In
In fashion everything old is new again, and that couldn’t be more true when it comes to corsets.
Rather than designing clothing around the body, corsets were introduced as a way to shape the body to conform to clothes. During the Elizabethan Era, they molded the torso into a cylinder rather than the more commonly thought of hourglass silhouette. The point of this was to flatten and raise the bustline, a much more desirable shape. It wasn’t until later, in the 19th century, that corsets were used to draw in the waist of European women for that recognizable, cinched in figure created with wood and whalebones.
Currently celebrities have been bringing back the painful and potentially dangerous trend. Studies have shown that corsets shift organs and are not a healthy option. However, waist-training advocates like Kim Kardashian and Ciara seem to think it’s worth the risk to mold their bodies.
Apart from the body dysmorphia debate, the fashion industry is taking key aspects reminiscent of corsetry and incorporating them into tops, dresses and belts, without the pain. Corset-inspired details worn as part of, or over clothing, have been spotted on Kylie Jenner, Sofie Valkiers, Hailey Baldwin and on the runways at Dolce & Gabbana, Sally LaPointe and Cinq a Sept.
While body positivity movements have been on the rise, achieving this “ideal shape” is still very popular. Personally, I’m not sure resorting to Victorian Era fashion trends (with known health risks) is the way to go. Instead I prefer the belted and laced-up look, which pays homage to the style of the corset, rather than the body molding function of it.
Khaki and Cream
Epaulets, gold buttons, bomber jackets and khaki these are the latest trend designers are using to call us to attention!
In Milan, Gucci and Dsquared2 created riffs on a traditional officer’s jacket embellished with modern day passementerie. However, in NY and London shades of olive green and sandy brown, khaki ruled the runways! To learn about lace from the pros, Creatures of the Wind showed off long dress-like coats with inverted pleats worn over metallic trousers, at NY Fashion Week. Ulla Johnson and Dion Lee also celebrated this colour, favourited by the armed forces, with ruffled summery dresses and belted off-the-shoulder minis, respectively. British heritage brand Burberry, well known for their love of khaki and trench coats, didn’t disappoint. Simone Rocha’s half ethereal dress/half trench, turned the classic coat on it’s head. Other labels, such as Barbara Casasola and
Belstaff, presented sexy, cool jumpsuits, waking up the traditional khaki uniform. Not to be left out, Balmain gave khaki an innovative update as a high-fashion skirt, complete with a belted paperbag waist, a high centre-slit and cargo pockets in Paris. No matter where you go, everyone is saluting khaki!
If you can’t seem to put your finger on it, you’re not alone! Millennial Pink is actually a spectrum of shades, which can appear as a soft pink and other times more beige. Encompassing Rose Quartz, Candy Pink and Pale Dogwood, Millennial Pink is defined as a soft neutral pink that’s not too “sugary” or over-the-top.
Full on pink silhouettes were really front and centre this season. Desigual and Balmain paired sheer Millennial Pink dresses with jackets for a two-toned sophisticated pink layered look. Prabal Gurung’s rose gown and thigh-high slit showed off another shade of this hot hue.
However, not everyone explored the obviously sweet side of pink; some designers went an edgier, tougher route like Diesel Black Gold, who perfected the juxtaposition of soft and strong with cargo pants and combat boots in the pretty blush hue. Bottega Veneta sent Gigi Hadid down the runway in pink trousers and a matching pink buttoned top accented with a black belt and patent leather black shoes, which really highlighted the versatility of pink.
No longer just for the Barbies and Elle Woods of the world, dressing in head-to-toe pink can be surprisingly chic in
these trendy, gender neutral shades.