Monday 27 February 2017

Insider's Guide: Peekaboo clothing

Sinead Van Kampen

MILAN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 28: (UK OUT) A model walks down the runway during the Versus fashion show, part of Milan Fashion Week, Milan on February 28, 2010 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Karl Prouse/Catwalking/Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 28: (UK OUT) A model walks down the runway during the Versus fashion show, part of Milan Fashion Week, Milan on February 28, 2010 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Karl Prouse/Catwalking/Getty Images)

Insider Guide is Independent Woman's fortnightly review of the latest trends on the fashion radar. Our insiders bring you their thoughts on what to wear, how to wear it and where to get it. This fortnight we reveal a little too much in the way of peekaboo clothing. Can we pull off?

Ingrid Hoey is a style consultant based in Dublin, her agency 'Butterfly Style' currently styles the wardrobes of Ireland's celebrity elite, she is currently working with Amy Huberman.

Initial thoughts?

I think initially people might be a little bit apprehensive about this trend and hearing the words 'peekaboo' and 'cut outs' might send a shiver here and there. To me it means wearing a top with sheer or lace sleeves or a cami top under a very lightweight linen jumper which is peekaboo but not see through. I love when a dress has a couple of different textures running through it. I recently bought into this trend when I purchased a black Hekmut Lang dress which has one long lace sleeve which is a very safe take on peekaboo and very wearable.

Will this look suit everybody?

Obviously there will be some who will take this to the extreme. We don't need to see all the assets you have at the same time and lets face it unless you have the lifestyle of Lady Gaga wearing this head to toe just won't cut the mustard. Worn sparingly it can look oh so fresh!

How should it be worn?

Less is definitely more as far as this trend is concerned. I think you should focus on one area only. So a strapless top with a sheer tank style top or a lace panel in your dress. The words to remember are peekaboo - just a peek is all we need !

Who's working the trend?

Pixie Lott recently wore a fab Kate Halfpenny dress to the brits which was a simple black mini with black lace sleeves and lace detail across the front. Kylie Minogue also looked amazing at the Brits in a full length semi sheer lace dress over a corset by Dolce and Gabbana.

Which stores/designers are doing the trend well?

Helmut Lang, Alexander Wang, 3.1 Philip Lim, Preen Resort 2010 have the most beautiful elegant take on this trend - a black sheer dress with a nude underlay. Topshop have some great basics for working this into your wardrobe.

Is it a quick fad or here to stay?

It's been around for a long time and it just got achingly cool again!

Ann Keane has styled for some of Ireland's leading publications including Irish Tatler and Confetti. She has also created shoots for some of Ireland's best designers including Sharon Wauchob and Pauric Sweeney.

Initial thoughts?

I am glad to see this trend returning to the catwalk this spring/summer as its an excuse to bring a little femininity back into our wardrobes. For the last few years the dominant aesthetic seems to have been much more masculine. This look isn't about wearing lots of see-through items of clothing. Its more subtle. Think sheer and cut fabrics placed in garments in different ways and lots of sheer pieces, layers, and delicate, feminine draping. This trend is quickly merging with underwear as outerwear and If done selectively it can be a very elegant look.

Will this look suit everybody?

No. I think really you have to be young to get away with it and I think it will tend to suit those with a slimmer frame.

How should it be worn?

It's just too revealing for the office. Keep it as a more dressed up look. Dont wear an outfit that has loads of sheer paneling and see-through bits. The idea is to accompany the sheer piece with something more modest. Keep it subtle that way you will ensure a more elegant look. If your a bit more conservative go for translucent, maybe with a bit of print.

Who's working the trend?

Nina Ricci, Katie Perry, Megan Fox, Chanel Iman, Anna Friel, Rihanna, Leighton Meester, Kate Bosworth.

Which stores/designers are doing the trend well?

Oscar de la Renta, Vera Wang, Etro, Versace, Fendi, Cavalli. Topshop and Reiss are doing the trend well also.

Is it a quick fad or here to stay?

This trend seems to come and go every few years. Maybe we will see it carrying through to autumn/winter 2010

Ann Marie O' Connor is a fashion writer and columnist and has contributed to Elle, Image and Dazed and Confused. She can also be found sharing her sense of style with the nation on RTE's Afternoon Show.

Initial thoughts?

Upon initial exposure my thoughts turned to tween idol Taylor Momsen and all those incipient high street body con replicas. Youth and rail-thin bodies seem to be the main drivers here. Having watched the AW/10 catwalks at London Fashion Week, the rips and shred seem less Nirvana and more post-modern. I may be coming around.

Will this look suit everybody?

It depends on the shredding m'dears. Personally I advocate moth-eaten edges which give a nod to the trend without risking total exposure.

How should it be worn?

Slashes, shreds and rips require layers. Do not put torn fabric against the skin. Always use a sheath underlayer with this season's full length skirt or a simple tank top. Cut-out panels are strictly for the toned and the brave.

Who's working the trend?

Gossip Girl's Leighton Meester likes her cut-out panels and for many Courtney Love will always be the original shredded icon.

Which stores/designers are doing the trend well?

Meadham Kirchoff are pioneers in juxtaposing rough edges with a feminine twist; much like label-of-the-moment Balmain.

Is it a quick fad or here to stay?

The AW/10 catwalks are still sporting some peekaboo threads. Kinder Aggugini catwalked a divine mohair slash dress which spoke more of softness than rebellion. I believe this could be how this one will evolve - the severity of the look will give way to a more feminine and wearable distillation.

Sarah Rickard is chief stylist for Irish Tatler magazine and has styled for Off the Rails, Dublin Fashion Week and Divine Boutique.

Initial thoughts?

This trend evokes images of silver screen sirens like Elizabeth Taylor and Janet Leigh when women dressed like women. It's a super sexy alternative for those of us who are too shy to go for the whole underwear as outerwear look. This look has been updated for SS10 with sportswear mesh panels on dresses and with cut-out slashes on futuristic body con dresses. It could be time for the big reveal!

Will this look suit everybody?

This trend is super sexy so you need to be quite confident. If that isn't your best approach then try a layer of sheer fabrics like organza and chiffon. I think all ages and body types can give this a nod with a sheer panel or two. It is actually a very sophisticated look. Chiffon panels across the chest work really well for both young and old.

How to wear this trend?

The brave can wear a sheer vest/dress layered over a bandeau with a boyfriend blazer over the top. The rest of us can opt for the more demure lace cut out dresses that have slips underneath, or even mesh panels across the chest or sleeves. If this is still all too much then opt for a see-through/perspex accessory, Fendi do great perspex clutches!

Who's working this look?

Lady Gaga rocks this look to the extreme, Kate Bosworth works it on a more subtle level and Megan Fox in a more overtly sexy way.

Which stores/designers are doing the trend well?

John Rocha did amazing cut out dresses for SS as did Victoria Beckham.

Dior, Fendi and Valentino did stunning sheer pieces layered over heavier slips and skirts. Topshop has some great mesh pieces.

Warehouse have a cool lace dresses with built in slips.

Is this a fad or here to stay?

I hope it's here to stay I love the peekaboo look when it's doe well and judging by the A/W10 catwalks it is going to be here for a while longer.

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