Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Inspired By Lingerie.

Sexy black lace, chiffon slits brings femininity to designers' Spring/Summer 2016 collections during New York Fashion week. Although it may be intimidating to try and be sexy feminine yet still look professional and respected is becoming the norm today. In modern day, women are embracing their authority with these layers of lace because of its versatility. We always come back to it. 

  "I definitely think that the lingerie trend is something that people will follow," said
David Loranger, an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Fashion, Style and Popular Culture, who sees potential in this trend. "It's a really nice way to build an outfit, because you can layer pieces one over the other. You'll definitely see this trend trickle down into other levels of distribution, potentially next year," Loranger said 

At Givenchy, Riccardo Tisci used the aesthetic of lace to make his day dresses flow with dramatic flare. Diane von Furstenberg created easy elegance with chiffon floral printed garments, celebrating being free and individual. And Calvin Klein showcasing effortless, sensual satin attire as a staple for the upcoming season. 

Celebrities such as Rihanna, Beyonce, Ariana Grande, Rita Ora, so many more rock this trend to a T! Beyonce is the queen (obviously) of pulling off feminine bombshell on the red carpets. From her Givenchy Couture lace and blue feathered gown at the 2012 Met Gala, in 2014 a Michael Costella-designed angelic white laced gown at the Grammy's, and we all remember when she defined fashionably late in that barely-there yet stunning Givenchy crystal-ed gown at the 2015 Met Gala in New York. Clearly there are paths being opened for all of us to be inspired by their showstopping looks.

One of the most popular brands among teens and young adults is Urban Outfitters and Free People. They've influenced a majority of their customers to wear the ever so versatile 'bralette'. See-through tops with a delicate bralette peeking through remains a fashion fad and is becoming more widely accepted. 

Wearing lingerie seems like it could be controversial, Pielah Kim former Visual Merchandiser for Ralph Lauren denies this with positive reinforcement, "this trend has been in fashion for awhile and it always comes back. It is mainstream but popular which is why high-end designers like to adapt." 

The trend originated in the 16th century with Queen Elizabeth I emitting royalty and voluptuous dresses sometimes with matching head pieces, but this fad continues to reappear in later centuries, David joyfully explains the history. 
 "I think you see this trend repeat itself quite often in history, but in the 20th century, I would say it really hit its peak during the Flapper Era," 

The 20's were all about taking risks, hence "The Roaring Twenties" and women were empowered. The icon flapper wore makeup, cut her hair, smoked, drank, stood up for herself and embraced the attention. 

Lingerie inspired clothing has been in and out of fashion since the Victorian Era when Queen Victoria began the white wedding dress tradition that was draped with satin and lace accents.

We saw it become a trend outside of royalty in the 1920s Coco Chanel combined her black lace fabrics with metallic, embroidered and beaded laces. Then, in the 1940s and 1950s it became more sophisticated and toned down. 

Loranger continues to add on film significance, "You really see you this a lot in Film Noir movies, and other types of movies such as Dinner at Eight, where Jean Harlow was such an icon of that style." A famous quote by Jean Harlow, "Men like me because I don't wear a brassiere. Women like me because I don't look like a girl who would steal a husband. At least not for long," the predecessor of Marilyn Monroe and Madonna, giving women confidence and stature in their everyday endeavors.

The 1970s born the Bohemian vibe and in the 80s lingerie inspired was punk.

"But really the designer who was a trendsetter in terms of the style is Betsey Johnson... She's really the person who took it to the next level by applying unusual prints, And interpreting it in a Punk Rock/New Wave sort of feeling," so excitingly Loranger says and opened my eyes to see the designers fabulous potential. "She's the person who built her entire perspective on the look, And in my opinion, does it better than anyone else!" I definitely see that now!

As far as modern day, it's evolution is apparent, David Loranger explains how the trend today is a lot more sophisticated. There are more textures interpreted through prints, not so much literally in the fabrications.

The trend now so interestingly portrays women and authoritativeness, not just because she is wearing lace means it is to be taken as slinky, overplayful or that she shouldn't be taken seriously.

WhoWhatWear takes to social media to post one of the few inspirational quotes by DVF saying, "Confidence. if you have it, you can make anything look good," well, thank you Diane! In this year's collection designed by DVF, she does no less than embrace feminine power with her Marlowe lace jumpsuit and chic lace romper paired with a statement black jacket for the millenial behind the cubicle or the woman running for office. #SoDVF.

No one enjoys seeing their favorite trend slip out of the world of fashion so quickly. 

The lingerie trend has potential for staying power, "I think it will stay for awhile, at least for 2016 spring and summer. Past several years, women wearing clothes coming from men’s look was in trend (looking at the item like boyfriend shirt, baseball jacket), so it is no surprising to me that super-feminine trend is coming back to shift the gear." Pielah Kim.

Look out for this trend to flood stores with galore and simplicity.
"I think when this trend arrives at the store, it will likely be very toned down so it can be incorporated into the everyday look," Kim said.

"For instance, using more durable, thicker lace, using rayon instead of satin, etc." Pielah Kim.

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