Sunday 19 November 2017

This is the future of party dresses - Julien Macdonald sends models down the runway half naked

Models at the Julien Macdonald show during London Fashion Week
Models at the Julien Macdonald show during London Fashion Week
A model presents a creation by British designer Julien Macdonald during a catwalk show for the Spring/Summer 2018 collection on the fourth day of The London Fashion Week Women's in London on September 18, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'NNIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images
A model presents a creation by British designer Julien Macdonald during a catwalk show for the Spring/Summer 2018 collection on the fourth day of The London Fashion Week Women's in London on September 18, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'NNIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images
Hailey Baldwin presents a creation by British designer Julien Macdonald during a catwalk show for the Spring/Summer 2018 collection on the fourth day of The London Fashion Week Women's in London on September 18, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'NNIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images
A model presents a creation by British designer Julien Macdonald during a catwalk show for the Spring/Summer 2018 collection on the fourth day of The London Fashion Week Women's in London on September 18, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'NNIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images
Winnie Harlow presents a creation by British designer Julien Macdonald during a catwalk show for the Spring/Summer 2018 collection on the fourth day of The London Fashion Week Women's in London on September 18, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'NNIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images
A model presents a creation by British designer Julien Macdonald during a catwalk show for the Spring/Summer 2018 collection on the fourth day of The London Fashion Week Women's in London on September 18, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'NNIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images
Model Winnie Harlow on the catwalk during the Julien Macdonald London Fashion Week SS18 show held at No 1 Invicta Plaza, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION. Picture date: Monday September 18, 2017. Photo credit should read: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire
Model Hailey Baldwin on the catwalk during the Julien Macdonald London Fashion Week SS18 show held at No 1 Invicta Plaza, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION. Picture date: Monday September 18, 2017. Photo credit should read: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire
A model presents a creation by British designer Julien Macdonald during a catwalk show for the Spring/Summer 2018 collection on the fourth day of The London Fashion Week Women's in London on September 18, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'NNIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images
A model on the catwalk during the Julien Macdonald London Fashion Week SS18 show held at No 1 Invicta Plaza, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION. Picture date: Monday September 18, 2017. Photo credit should read: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire
A model presents a creation by British designer Julien Macdonald during a catwalk show for the Spring/Summer 2018 collection on the fourth day of The London Fashion Week Women's in London on September 18, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'NNIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images
A model on the catwalk during the Julien Macdonald London Fashion Week SS18 show held at No 1 Invicta Plaza, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION. Picture date: Monday September 18, 2017. Photo credit should read: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire
A model presents a creation by British designer Julien Macdonald during a catwalk show for the Spring/Summer 2018 collection on the fourth day of The London Fashion Week Women's in London on September 18, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'NNIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images
Designer Julien Macdonald greets the audience after his London Fashion Week SS18 show held at No 1 Invicta Plaza, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION. Picture date: Monday September 18, 2017. Photo credit should read: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire
A model presents a creation by British designer Julien Macdonald during a catwalk show for the Spring/Summer 2018 collection on the fourth day of The London Fashion Week Women's in London on September 18, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'NNIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images
A model presents a creation by British designer Julien Macdonald during a catwalk show for the Spring/Summer 2018 collection on the fourth day of The London Fashion Week Women's in London on September 18, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'NNIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images
A model presents a creation by British designer Julien Macdonald during a catwalk show for the Spring/Summer 2018 collection on the fourth day of The London Fashion Week Women's in London on September 18, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'NNIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images
A model presents a creation by British designer Julien Macdonald during a catwalk show for the Spring/Summer 2018 collection on the fourth day of The London Fashion Week Women's in London on September 18, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'NNIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images
A model presents a creation by British designer Julien Macdonald during a catwalk show for the Spring/Summer 2018 collection on the fourth day of The London Fashion Week Women's in London on September 18, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'NNIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images
A model presents a creation by British designer Julien Macdonald during a catwalk show for the Spring/Summer 2018 collection on the fourth day of The London Fashion Week Women's in London on September 18, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'NNIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images
A model presents a creation by British designer Julien Macdonald during a catwalk show for the Spring/Summer 2018 collection on the fourth day of The London Fashion Week Women's in London on September 18, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'NNIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images
A model presents a creation by British designer Julien Macdonald during a catwalk show for the Spring/Summer 2018 collection on the fourth day of The London Fashion Week Women's in London on September 18, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'NNIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images
A model presents a creation by British designer Julien Macdonald during a catwalk show for the Spring/Summer 2018 collection on the fourth day of The London Fashion Week Women's in London on September 18, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'NNIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images
A model presents a creation by British designer Julien Macdonald during a catwalk show for the Spring/Summer 2018 collection on the fourth day of The London Fashion Week Women's in London on September 18, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'NNIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images
A model presents a creation by British designer Julien Macdonald during a catwalk show for the Spring/Summer 2018 collection on the fourth day of The London Fashion Week Women's in London on September 18, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'NNIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images
Vogue Williams attends the Julien Macdonald show during London Fashion Week September 2017 on September 18, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/BFC/Getty Images for The British Fashion Council)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Julien Macdonald is responsible for some of the most famous red carpet looks of all time.

There's the bum-skimming dress worn by Kylie Minogue at the 2000 EMAs, Emily Ratajjowski's eye-popping number at the Harper's Bazaar Icons Party in 2016 and pick any one of the daring choices as worn by one of his biggest supporters - Jennifer Lopez. In short, he loves to show off the female form and even moreso the women who have the confidence to wear it.

A model presents a creation by British designer Julien Macdonald during a catwalk show for the Spring/Summer 2018 collection on the fourth day of The London Fashion Week Women's in London on September 18, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'NNIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images
A model presents a creation by British designer Julien Macdonald during a catwalk show for the Spring/Summer 2018 collection on the fourth day of The London Fashion Week Women's in London on September 18, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'NNIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images

So it's of little surprise that his Spring/Summer '18 collection showcased during London Fashion Week, which was sponsored by CÎROC , on Monday featured a plethora of supermodels sporting some serious skin. In a throwback to his early ensembles in the 2000s that made him a global fashion name (need we remind you of the pink number Kelly Brook wore in 2000 and was hailed the 'world's sexiest dress'), models including Hailey Baldwin, Alessandra Ambrosio, Constance Jablonski and Winnie Harlow strutted their stuff in the next generation of the Macdonald party dress with his signature plunging necklines and short hemlines.

As sheer materials continue to dominate red carpet style, you can envisage only the bravest and most beautiful posing in these tiny creations: J-Lo in a crochet cut-out mini-dress with fringe detail, Gigi Hadid in a sequin bodysuit and Ashley Graham in a plunging metallic dress with shiny velvet detail at the Grammys, VMAs or Met Gala.

Model Hailey Baldwin on the catwalk during the Julien Macdonald London Fashion Week SS18 show held at No 1 Invicta Plaza, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION. Picture date: Monday September 18, 2017. Photo credit should read: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire
Model Hailey Baldwin on the catwalk during the Julien Macdonald London Fashion Week SS18 show held at No 1 Invicta Plaza, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION. Picture date: Monday September 18, 2017. Photo credit should read: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire

What's even more surprising was his choice of footwear - half of the models were sent down the runway in clear heels, hinting a bit of bare feet. A trend we can't exactly see taking off.

A model presents a creation by British designer Julien Macdonald during a catwalk show for the Spring/Summer 2018 collection on the fourth day of The London Fashion Week Women's in London on September 18, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'NNIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images
A model presents a creation by British designer Julien Macdonald during a catwalk show for the Spring/Summer 2018 collection on the fourth day of The London Fashion Week Women's in London on September 18, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'NNIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images
A model presents a creation by British designer Julien Macdonald during a catwalk show for the Spring/Summer 2018 collection on the fourth day of The London Fashion Week Women's in London on September 18, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'NNIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images
A model presents a creation by British designer Julien Macdonald during a catwalk show for the Spring/Summer 2018 collection on the fourth day of The London Fashion Week Women's in London on September 18, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'NNIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images

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