Yike! I hope this is only a one year fashion trend.
Conflicts sway world of fashion
Mar. 2, 2006. 08:06 AM
PARIS—Fashion is taking cover.
In a CNN world of religious wars and ethnic conflicts, fashion designers here are turning their backs on overt sexuality, preferring to shroud women in layers of heavy, dark clothing, leaving everything to the imagination.
Unlike sexually charged trends of the past that brazenly exposed women’s legs, breasts and midriffs with controversial names like “heroin chic” and “porn style,” this new approach to solemnity also has a name that’s sure to raise eyebrows.
In a front-page story this week, the International Herald Tribune reported, “There is even talk among some designers about the `Muslim-ization’ of fashion.”
Hot designer labels such as Jun Takahashi’s Undercover premiered its upcoming fall/winter collection Monday with models mummified in heavy knit bandages and scarves with their heads completely covered, like the bags placed over prisoners’ heads before they’re shot. Other designers including Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Dior and Viktor & Rolf illustrated this new approach to repressed sexuality with voluminous proportions, clothing that drooped from the shoulders into shapeless egg silhouettes and elaborate face coverings.
Said designer Karl Lagerfeld, whose own New York show presented dark layers, “If you read the daily papers, you are not in the mood for pink and green.” And this from designer Miuccia Prada, “We have to deal now with a whole world connected.”
Hard-core fashionistas, accustomed to wearing clingy dresses with killer heels, may lament the move to modesty.
But Suzy Menkes of the Herald Tribune offered some encouraging words, suggesting what is “hidden, secret and interior” will become the new erotica.