Among the many sexual games known to mankind, perhaps only fetishism is somehow connected with clothing. Despite the fact that it is hardly possible to detect the influence of fashion in this, nevertheless, the connection between these phenomena from time to time turns out to be much stronger than it seems at first glance.
A fetish can be any item of a woman's (first of all) wardrobe - from black stiletto heels to lace underwear. At the same time, whole images that have turned into certain cliches have long been sexually attractive. And these cliches will inevitably be implemented sooner or later in fashion trends.
So, in the fall-winter / 2007-2008 collections, Betsey Johnson, for example, has flirtatious maids in traditional white aprons and black uniform dresses with mini-skirts on the catwalk. The image of a maid has long been wandering in men's magazines along with nurses, stewardesses, burlesque dancers. Recently, the image of an exemplary schoolgirl is often played up in fashion collections, which is a very popular sexy image in Japan and is gradually migrating to Europe.
However, sexual fetish is so powerful that in the world of haute couture it is usually used only as a spice. Models based on or directly citing, say, the same maids would be too vulgar and not in the least funny. For true masters, they can only be a frame for a collection or a source for creative imagination.
Nevertheless, this summer, many well-known world-famous fashion houses decided to play with almost directly quoting another sexual fetish - the image of a strong dominant woman with all her bells and whistles, which should be right in men's magazines or on erotic Internet sites.
Balenciaga, Givenchy, Giles, Dolce & Gabbana, Jean Paul Gaultier, Fendi, Jil Sander and many others not only dressed their models in patent leather and elastic latex, but also used many other features of sexy "hostesses". As a result, their sexuality acquired outright aggression and a slight touch of vulgarity.
However, this is probably not difficult to explain. The overwhelming majority of summer collections were so romantic, cheerful, airy, sweet and tender, like whipped cream, that sometimes it just cramped my cheekbones. Add to this the craze for white, and then it will become quite obvious to you: there should have been a counterbalance to all the sweetness of goodness.
Another reason that pushed the development of designers' creative thought in this direction was, apparently, the return to the catwalks of such non-standard materials as laminated leather, plastic, latex. This legacy of the brutal 70s spawned transparent plastic sandals, laminated leather skirts and a thin latex tunic.
If such brutal materials are used in the most ordinary items of ladies' wardrobe and are offered every day to the most ordinary young ladies, then this inevitably had to push brutal images onto the world catwalks. So they came to us.
As a result, we saw (primarily in the Italian duo Dolce & Gabbana) a rare variety of hard leather and vinyl corsets. They cover the chest, waist and hips, rigidly fixing them, as in a carefully constructed structure. Or they model curvy hips and a narrow waist, not even rising to chest level. Or, conversely, they create curvy breasts and tighten the waist to form their sexy contrast.
At the same time, corsets can be made from whole pieces of leather, or from a fancy weave of leather straps with metal buckles and rivets. However, they can be combined - a bodysuit (a simple swimsuit somehow does not dare to call it) made of smooth laminated light leather on top can be covered with weaving of dark straps.
However, such use of these images just suggests that this is just a game of fetishes. After all, leather belts excite just when they contrast with naked, pale female skin. Modern designers (if, of course, they do not create clothes for sex shops) do not set as their goal to cause such unhealthy arousal.
And in their game of fetishes, they were by no means limited to corsets, half-corsets, bodysuits and bodysuits made of vinyl and leather. Black silk, lace and satin were used, on which, as it turned out, like leather, various metal rivets "fit" well. Moreover, they turn into deadly metal spikes.
Such spikes appear not only on dresses, skirts, trousers, corsets or bags, but also on shoes. To put all this on yourself in ordinary life, you need to have a lot of courage. But in order to try on the image of a strong woman, you have to be such. Infantile slender creatures have no place in this series.
True, having recovered from this hobby, the designers in the autumn-winter collections greatly softened all these ideas, although they did not completely abandon them. So, lethal metal spikes on black leather boats have turned, for the same Dolce & Gabban, only into elegant decorative rivets.
Moreover, while maintaining the formal resemblance, the brutality of summer has turned into a light glamor of autumn. As a result, the contrast of white soft leather and sharp gold spikes looks very cute on Mulberry bags. And in the Givenchy coat, the metal spikes have turned into large four-sided golden rivets.
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