Sheer dresses have become quite a phenomenal trend over the last few years. From the likes of Rihanna, Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian, and Jennifer Lopez, it seems like the naked dress won't be going out of style any time soon. Some of the reasons why these kinds of dresses grab the spotlight is that not only does this kind of look make you feel sexy, it's tasteful if used properly... well, at least in my opinion. However, fashion designer Carolina Herrera says otherwise:
It's so modern to be naked or almost naked. They think it's going to attract younger people if they do those dresses. No!...In life there should be a little mystery. They're supposed to be fashion icons and they're not wearing anything. It's an obsession now.
For those who aren't familiar with the designer, she hails from Venezuela, born into a wealthy family, and married a nobleman from Spain. At the age of 40, she launched her own line in 1981 after being urged into the fashion industry by editor legend, Diana Vreeland. Although it was purchased by Puig in 1995, a Barcelona-based luxury conglomerate, out of all the fashion houses Puig owns, hers is most likely to shun out current trends. While this can seem like a bad move, it wasn't for her. Her impeccable style has been worn by ladies such as Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, and her most loyal client, actress Renee Zellweger. Herrera is clear on what her bottom line is about:
For me, fashion is about originality, sophistication, and beauty. I'm not in the fashion business; I'm in the beauty business. You can't always please the press. That's for your ego.
Don't get me wrong, her designs aren't what you think. It's definitely not what one would claim 'old,' but more a refined, classy look that's suitable for all ladies, whether young or old. While she isn't afraid to go for a plunging neckline every once in a while, she does it carefully. "If it's open so much, they look like fried eggs," she says. "Fashion is about proportion."
Perhaps she's got a point.
I happen to like both nude dresses and Herrera's elegant looks. The former being tremendously sexy, and the latter being sophisticated. I'm perfectly okay with fashion icons wearing super-sheer dresses, but it's a good idea to leave some to the imagination. At least for me it is.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder after all.