What wasn't floral or plaid last week, was most definitely sheer. And actually, sometimes both. There were transparent blouses at Ruffian, wispy dresses at Cynthia Rowley and Marc Jacobs, lacy gowns at Temperley - we finally have a use for those vintage slips we always buy. But what about tops? What's the perfect undergarment for a see-through blouse? We'd love to just wear a bra underneath, though that would require the perfect one for each top. Not to mention the perfect body to show off. And throwing a cotton tank underneath kind of kills the image - it's like saying you can't quite commit to wearing this really sexy blouse you had the courage to buy in the first place. The best thing we can think of is a camisole or a super thin, super low cut tank. So does this mean we have to buy a bunch of new tops to go with our tops? Any amazing top recycling ideas we're not aware of?
Richard Chai's Sheer Layers
This NY Fashion Week marks the one-year anniversary of Richard Chai’s Love collection. This time around it was still the good girl/tomboy we’ve seen before, but toughened up just a bit with hits of leather and charcoal accents. Chai sent a total of twenty-nine looks down the runway, each averaging about three pieces per look, some with up to five separates, which will amount to a hugely salable bevy of goods. Almost every look included a sheer nude fabric that acted as either the main focus of the garment or as an accent or trim. As for the color palette, if the spring 2011 ‘Love’ collection is any indication of what we'll be wearing next season, it'll be a stormy few months; lots of neutral beiges and nudes, cloudy navy blues, and light grays. Flowing drop-hem dresses, below-the-knee skirts, and voluminous pants all in light-weight and sheer fabrics make for a very comfortable and wearable collection, yet the accents of black and gray leather in the bandeau tops and crop tanks toughened up the overall airiness. For each super feminine dress, there was a dark blazer or other element of menswear to harden it up. True to Richard Chai’s aesthetic, there was nary a high heel in sight--each model wore a lace-less, flat oxford. Certainly the "good-girl-with-an-edge-who-sometimes-wears-her-boyfriends- clothes" attitude was made even more evident by the music choice: a DJ mix of songs by The Arcade Fire.