Style editors and front row fixtures had a sheer heart attack when Gigi Hadid walked the Fendi runway wearing a see-through dress exposing all flesh for the flashes of the iPhone 7 cameras. Breast-baring chiffon gained momentum at Paris and Milan Fashion Week, from Saint Laurent’s ‘80s black lace to Lanvin’s cobalt blue pussybow, a chic kick in the teeth to Instagram’s censorship of women’s nipples. Fellow models Kendall Jenner, Cara Delevingne and Anja Rubik will be proud of this social media countermove. Checkmate, Instagram. Not all of us can boast a Victoria’s Secret body like Gigi, so for the less sartorial risk-taker, Parisian Wholesale’s tulle kit to perfecting the Spring/Summer ’17 sheer trend is sheer genius.
Gucci Spring/Summer ‘17
Preserving modesty, Gucci SS17 decorated the sheer organza see-through dress with sublime embellishment craftily placed to cover the chest. Alessandro Michele is king of making overtly sexy garments nerdy, an ironic juxtaposition from his successor “sex sells” Tom Ford. Decorative detailing will definitely be a runway-to-real take on the peekaboo sheer trend, and Parisian Wholesale predicts the retail juggernauts Topshop and Zara will go down this suggestive-yet-soigné route.
Prada Spring/Summer ‘17
Miuccia Prada’s SS17 collection is case in point that sheer should not be reserved for the evening. The new styling trick is to layer the fabric over gingham, check and animal print. We’re wearing our sheer slip dress over an extra-long sleeve check shirt finished with an oversized bomber jacket. Tommy Ton we’re ready for our close up.
With Christmas fast approaching, a transparent layer of tulle will be your customers’ answer to a dramatic, all-eyes-on-you look. Sequin, Lurex and lamé may seem like the obvious choice for sparkle season, but sheer is an all-season, day-to-night, wear-everywhere fabric that will have your customers queuing for more.
Inject boudoir-chic to your after hours ensemble with Parisian Wholesale’s Patterned Sequin Sheer Sleeve Dress: