Carolina Herrera For The Modest Celebrity

Islamic Fashion Sophistication and class are what come to mind when you see any of Carolina Herrera’s beautiful designs. It’s no wonder that this Venezuelan-American fashion designer is known for dressing First Ladies from Jacqueline Onassis to Michelle Obama. Her gowns, wedding dresses and ready to wear collections all reflect her own exceptional personal style. Her dignified taste is widely respected as it is perfect for any woman looking for modest style with sophisticated use of color and print. 76 year-old fashion designer is one of the world’s chicest women. Like, you just know that she’s never spilled a drop of red on her immaculate cream ensembles. In a recent interview with The Washington Post she expressed her dismay at what she considers to be the very un-chic and very popular modern way of dressing. That is, pretty much not wearing anything at all. See Rihanna at last year’s CFDA’s and JLo, Beyonce and Kimmy K at the Met Gala last month. “[Some designers think] it’s so modern to be naked or almost naked. They think it’s going to attract younger people if they do those dresses. No! The almost naked! Oh God! They’re trying to get people to pay attention to them. In life, there should be a little mystery,” Herrera said. Herrera also questioned whether you could be seen as a style icon when you weren’t, in fact, wearing any clothes. While wearing something sexy is basically the oldest trick in the book when it comes to getting attention (see Cher at the Oscars in 1988 and Liz Hurley’s infamous safety pin dress), the new way of sexy dressing has made standing out harder. Especially for designers. As Veronique Hyland noted in her analysis of what she called “the couture body” over at The Cut, “Designers will never be superfluous — as much as celebrity attire increasingly teeters on the brink of almost-naked, no one is going to show up totally naked. (Well, maybe at the VMAs.) But now designers have to work harder to stand out. Niceties of silhouette, print, and embellishments — unless they’re doing their part to obscure body parts — get less attention.” However we’re not of the opinion that flashing flesh means that you’re not going to be taken seriously. In a piece in The Hollywood Reporter this week, Merle Ginsberg divided female Hollywood celebrities into “skins” (women who flaunted their bodies) and “prims” (who were more modest in dress) and opined that flashing “too much” flesh meant that while you might rake in the cash, you’ll never be a proper star. Whether or not we see the end of naked dresses on the red carpet, “leaving nothing to the imagination” has a whole lot less to do with what you wear, but instead belongs to the mindset of some people when it comes to what women choose to wear. Source: elle.com  

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