Spring Summer 2011 Trend: Transparent Fashion

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8 February 2011

Couture designers turned into exhibitionists showcasing daringly transparent designs on the couture catwalks. From Chanel to Valentino it’s all about peek-a-boo fashion this Spring and we have the scoop on how to tone down this hot runway trend and for the real world.

A Transparent TopA Transparent Top
A very easy way to try this trend is to try a romantic sheer blouse. It’s best to pair your sheer blouse with a full nude camisole for work and daytime looks. For night you can be more daring and pair your sheer blouse with a lacy bra. If you go for the latter, make sure to also drape a beautiful cashmere shawl across your shoulder to keep the look tasteful. Zac Posen makes gorgeous transparent blouses in strong silhouettes perfect for work and play.
A Clear BagA Clear Bag
Totally transparent handbags have been trendy in European countries and they are slowly making their way stateside. Designers like Chanel and Furla have come out with the most adorable clear handbags which make finding your keys a much easier task. Look for roomy totes with a designer logo. Try one this spring and make a statement.
An Organza CoatAn Organza Coat
An organza coat is the new Spring must have and for good reasons. The effortless luxury that comes with topping a little black dress with a beautiful black organza coat is unsurpassed. It’s a great way to try the transparent trend while having a peace of mind knowing you can wear it for seasons to come. You can find great organza coats from designers like Donna Karen and Oscar De La Renta.
A Little White DressA Little White Dress
A little white or cream dress made from transparent fabrics like chiffon and Georgette silk with embellishments is the perfect dress for summer cocktail parties. Look for dresses that are heavily embellished to hit two trends with one stone as embellishments are still super trendy. Elie Saab’s Spring couture collection showcased beautiful dresses in shades of white and nude with heavy beading, while Valentino kept it classic with sheer white dresses with elegant rose detailing.
Clear HeelsClear Heels
Clear heels are going to be huge this Spring, designers are creating playful heels with lucite heels. To keep this look classy look for platform or short chunky heel styles, a longer heel like a stiletto in a clear material is not appropriate. You will be able to find lucite heels this summer from every designer at every price.

Millissa Mathai


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