Often seen as simply another layer to cover up or maybe a more dressed-up alternative to mismatched pyjamas, slip dresses cropped up on the runways of Chloé, Rochas, Emilio Pucci and Givenchy recently, making us wonder why we ever parted ways with the style in the first place. Yes, the slip dress is back and it’s looking slinkier than ever — trimmed with scalloped lingerie lace at Celine, in 90s satin or see-through chiffon at Saint Laurent and layered over fine knits at Pucci. With underwear as outerwear as a lead concept, SS16 is looking pretty sexy already.
“The nineties are having yet another moment. And I am certain that our nostalgia for the decade isn’t going anywhere fast. This season’s most popular trends include the sexy slip dresses, which is one of my favourite trends. A spaghetti strap number is definitely the way to spring style domination,” asserts designer Neeta Lulla. She adds, “The easy silhouette is perhaps the most convincing example of the innerwear-as-outerwear trend. The idea of underwear as outerwear is part of the deconstruction of trends that has taken place in the 20th and 21st century.
Celebrities like Rihanna and Rosie Huntington who on several occasions have worn lingerie or intimate apparel for various events have also fuelled the popularity of this trend.”
Worn alone or layered under an oversized sweater, this elegant look doesn’t require much effort either, shares designer Farah Sanjana. She elaborates, “The fresh takes on the 90s trend go beyond just slinky silk: think graphic inserts, mermaid-like shapes and velvety finishes for a double dose of 90s. No longer is the slinky, curve-skimming slip-frock the evening-only pinnacle of sensuality; instead, it has found its footing as a functional layering piece. Follow an orthodox line of thought and be the master of modest layering technique. You can try a men’s blazer over the silk number, adding sleeves or extending the neckline. But if you are feeling cold then combine the best of two worlds by pairing the cosy turtleneck and the body-clinging slip dress. The simple pairing is the peak of insouciance — while keeping you warm. All said and done, don’t forget that there’s a fine line between wearing lingerie that’s intended to be worn underneath your clothing, and wearing it as an actual fashion statement. It can only work if done correctly.”
Talking from the fabric front, Shalini Jaikaria of Geisha Designs suggests, “Keep the fabrics light and choose from gossamer chiffons, tulles, crumpled satins and light-weight silks. You can go for frills, laces and nets too as they will add a Victorian charm. The cut is key; anything on the bias is usually really flattering as it hugs the small part of your waist and skims over your hips. While loose fit shapes with dramatic draping and lace trim add a look of luxury, you can also opt for tiers of crumpled satins, silk georgettes, crepes and lace that are casually wrapped, tied and layered to create a sensual easy mood. Lengths can vary from mini to maxi styles.” For those who prefer the grunge look, designer Natasha J suggests, “With an addition of a stoner-style hoodie, the slip dress can get a major dose of grunge-forward flair. You can turn heads in an orange lace-trimmed swath of silk and a blue oversize pullover.”
Lastly, designer duo Hemant and Nandita aver that you keep the accessorisation in tune with the concept of minimalism. “There is absolutely no need to go overboard. Opt for small pendant chains or stack bracelets.”...