Caitlin McBride: Fashion Month is supposed to be about inspiring style, not flashing everything
If you’ve got it, flaunt it.
Whether it comes to wealth or cleavage, we live in a society that encourages unquestioned confidence.
All fashion lovers require confidence – the courage to pull off a new trend, the willingness to wear something that you know people will make fun of, but you wear anyway because you love it, the ability to put together a look with a keen eye and enthusiasm.
But aside from the bold and the beautiful, there is another type of 'fashionista' - one who specifically likes headlines and she will do it in any way required. To wear an entirely sheer dress, a plunging neckline and a slightly-too-short hemline, a specific time of brazenness is required, sprinkled with just a pinch of delusion – believing that your chosen look is not only normal, but essential for career advancement.
We’ve seen Liz Hurley’s safety pin dress, Jennifer Lopez’s Google Image-inventing Versace gown and both were met with gasps at the time, but will go down in fashion history as among the sexiest dresses ever.
It put them both on the fashion map. Designers liked their moxie and fans like their indifference to other people’s opinions. This was all before models with 50 million Instagram followers took on the cause of freeing the nipple, before we've seen more body parts of certain celebrities than when you have a new partner.
These days, red carpets are filled with ‘naked’ dresses and no set is more competitive than those celebrities attending Fashion Month.
When you’re sitting on a front row alongside Olivia Palermo, Penelope Cruz or Alexa Chung, there are few ways to stand out except for wearing something ridiculous.
A picture of Daisy Lowe wearing a midi-length pleated skirt (above) was never going to get the same amount of as Daisy Lowe’s ‘accidental’ nip slip outside Christopher Kane yesterday.
Despite having access to the best stylists and designers an 'it' girl can buy, Daisy’s plunging black suit apparently couldn’t stop her from exposing her breast.
Later in the night, she exposed her nipples again in entirely sheer lace top and the headlines were all but guaranteed. Ireland's own Vogue Williams shared a photo of herself at a DJ gig earlier this week wearing nothing but a pair of pink underwear and an extreme cut-out dress which strategically covered any body parts she didn't want to share with the world.
At another bash, she went braless and opted for an entirely sheer top.
Plunging necklines can be exciting and sensual, but you would never catch a truly seasoned red carpet letting anything slip.
It doesn’t look daring – it looks lazy and desperate for attention. As if you've given up on making headlines for any other positive reason than having a nice figure.
Nip slips are easily avoided, not by covering up and joining the convent, but by preparing for the worst. There's nipple pasties, 'tit tape'. Call it what you want but women aren’t short of options when it comes to appropriate cover.
During New York and Fashion Weeks, we’ve seen a seemingly endless conveyor belt of young, publicity hungry women vying for attention with their nipples, butt cheeks and anything else they can show off - and then we’ve seen some who really should know better.
Lady Victoria Hervey, in what might have been an audition for the real-life adaption of the Emperor With No Clothes, wore an entirely sheer dress to a party on Monday night. Whatever happened to leaving something to the imagination?
Or in this case, literally anything?
Fashion month is a time where we get to see designers showcase their new season collections, where we can live in a fantasy for a few minutes at a time whether it's Burberry's traditional offering or Simone Rocha's trailblazing 'Marching Roses' collection.
Fashion is supposed to inspire. This just makes me sad.