No more showing off your long toned legs, no more showing off your cleavage or back ladies, it’s all about your abs! This past and upcoming season designers had many displays of uneven hemlines, revealing cut outs, and varying fabrics that made even the simplest of clothing look far from basic. Celebrities were sure confident showing off their midriffs this year.
Gwyneth Paltrow showed at 39 you can still look like a 20-year-old bombshell in her Emilio Pucci cut out gown she wore to this year’s Emmy Awards. Cut out designs showed to be a favorite amongst designers such as Emilio Pucci, who proved women can be sexy while still covered up. For this coming spring Peter Dundas worked an all midriff-baring peasant tops and black lace insets on silk slip dresses. He proved ladies better get a gym membership to wear his designs.
Carey Mulligan showed off her athleticism when she attended Comic Con this year wearing a Roskanna Illinic design from her resort 2012 line. The actress mixed sensible with sexy with this color block dress, which showed off her stomach while still keeping her legs covered. This dress teases the eye into thinking it’s risky yet it still covers up her legs in a conservative and classy style. Another fan of Ilinic this year was actress Keira Knightley who sported a dress also from the designer’s resort line in London promoting her new movie A Dangerous Method. I love how she styled her hair back in a sleek bun; it went perfect with her past-the-knee dress and peep toe shoes. Ilinic said sirens of the 1930s were her muses for her “effortless glamour” for her resort line. I think she proved effortless meant showing less is more.
Beyoncé proved you don’t have to have a stick figure body to wear a cut out dress. Just shortly after announcing she was a couple of months pregnant she wore a Michael Kors cut out maternity dress for the opening of Tory Burch’s store in New York City. Kors proved the hottest look this season was sleek and he was the trained professional to give it to you. I think a man whose been designing for 30 years didn’t have to persuade Beyoncé at all to wear this design.
Versace said her line for Spring 2011 was “rigor with sensuality.” She made a point of showing that a longer skirt could be paired with a midriff-baring top. Cut outs can be sexy not trashy if you’re covered up on the bottom. January Jones wore Versace’s look 44 in crimson red and looked absolutely stunning to this year’s Golden Globe Awards. She matched her cut out gown with a 1930s inspired hairstyle.
What all these in-shape beauties have in common is that they all paired their cut out gowns with a 1930s inspired feel to it to make something old, something new.