Of sheer fabrics and flesh tones: Would you dare to step out ‘naked’?

  • Snigdha Ahuja, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 29, 2016 17:48 IST
Here’s model Kendall Jenner in a naked Cavalli Couture dress at Cannes. (Eric Gaillard/REUTERS)

“What are you wearing? You look naked!” If someone has ever told you this, be rest assured that it’s a compliment. The ‘naked dress’ is creating quite a flutter, and there’s no way you can ignore it. From sheer fabrics and tricky cut-outs to flesh-tones – this style is for those who don’t mind taking a risk. Designer Anand Bhushan describes the style as one that incorporates trickery. “I have done the naked dress in my collection a million times. It’s basically a dress that creates a sheer illusion.”

Singer Kanika Kapoor in a Versace ‘naked’ dress at Hindustan Times Most Stylish 2016. (Shivam Saxena/HT Photo)

For designer Nida Mahmood, the make of these dresses is what makes the trend really interesting. “Fashion and design has the tendency to keep reinventing itself to find relevance. It is an interesting tend. One can see how much innovation goes into creating such tricky looks. And, the kind of construction skills that go into making sure the cuts are perfect for the person wearing them and the bodysuit inside is perfect to avoid a peek-a-boo situation, keeping the look exciting and intact. I quite enjoy the skill with which these beautiful gowns are made. On a funny side, it’s a new fashion dare to entertain ourselves!”

Actor Rashmi Nigam and Priyanka Chopra have also experimented with the style. (AFP; Jonathan Ernst/REUTERS)

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Designer Urvashi Kaur agrees: “We’ve seen a multitude of these sheer dresses in the recent past. I think it’s a great way to show off a perfectly-sculpted gym-toned body. I especially loved it when JLo wore a similar sheer dress at last year’s Met Ball .You need to have an incredible level of comfort in your own skin and a sense of complete commitment to the look. It’s also a way of ensuring maximum paparazzi coverage and that is, after all, the main motive of a red carpet appearance. But I sure do approve it if styled elegantly and worn by a super confident woman.”

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