Monday, September 15, 2008
Out Of Touch
NO one blinked at the Marc Jacobs fashion show last week when the model Freja Beha Erichsen appeared in a sheer black top that revealed that she was wearing a nipple ring. No one blushed at the Chris Benz show when Sasha Luss and Ekat Kiseleva posed in see-through camisoles. No one seemed particularly hot or bothered that Ali Stephens’s breasts were clearly visible through her dress when she walked for Derek Lam. No one was outraged that Francisco Costa showed a transparent raincoat at Calvin Klein with nothing but a thong underneath.
We have become so desensitized to images of naked celebrities, sex tapes and Internet pornography that designers are hard-pressed to create anything that seems really transgressive. Even a strong undercurrent of bondage in the spring collections, with harnesses at Proenza Schouler and Rodarte, caging stripes at Narciso Rodriguez and Thakoon and blackout bars across the breasts of a sheer top from Cushnie et Ochs, a new label by recent fashion school graduates Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs, failed to whip up a frenzy.
One could argue that American tastes have become less puritanical, but it seems more likely that they have simply become dulled.
OK, I'll grant that (capitalF)ashion is supposed to be theatrical and edgy and push boundaries. But COME ON. Even when this season's runway themes trickle down to the ready-to-wear racks, who will be actually ready to wear this particular trend?
(And may I just add that for many of us, going braless is not "liberating," but just damned uncomfortable.)