Friday, October 8, 2010

obsession : bare shoulders

But not bare shoulders from a strapless dress or halter. I'm thinking more along the lines of this interesting detail that popped up a few seasons ago:

Michael Kors Spring 2010 RTW

Those, by the way, are from one of my favorite shows to have ever gone down a runway. Everything. Is. Perfect. But that's not what I'm writing about today. I'm writing about how undeniably sexy shoulders are, and how under-acknowledged that can sometimes be. Shoulders have been slowly becoming a new erogenous zone once more, and we've seen it in one-shoulder dresses, tops that gracefully slide off one shoulder at a time and bare a little skin, and now these interesting peek-a-boo silhouettes that are incredibly interesting.

It seems like this cut-out trend made its appearance around 2009, first in the spring and then oddly repeated in the fall, a season where cut-outs really aren't that common. Alexander Wang played it out well by giving us a few one-shoulder looks with a single preview of the new shoulder (and that infamous burn-out style knit sweater dress).

And as I mentioned before, fall of 2009 saw a little bit of bare shoulder as well. Charlotte Ronson was one that pulled it off particularly well.

And last but certainly not least, cut-out silhouettes at Elie Saab Fall 2010 RTW - a beautiful show, by the way.

Unfortunately, 2010 seemed to be as far as this trend reaches right now, but the shoulder is still playing a prominent role in terms of point-of-interest. However, I can't say I've looked at enough of the S11 shows yet to say it hasn't shown up at all - but I'm hoping it does. It's such an understated way to show a part of your body that usually gets shown completely - and somehow, covering all of it up but that tiny bit seems that much sexier.


  1. check out Etro Spring 2011.. there's some shoulders peaking. Is Henry still teaching experimental?
    p.s. I love your blog! (Emily from other section)

  2. whoah, i love that purple dress on the model that looks a bit like kate bosworth. mm shoulders! some of these models have bony, angular shoulders that don't need to be revealed...but on the others, i love this look!

  3. Emily! Hey! You're at Chico's right now? And thank you!!

    Yes he is teaching it, he's good for experimental I think. We are moving SO fast, though, I'm a little nervous I won't come up with an idea I love for the final project. But we will see.

    And looking at Etro right now - I love that white embroidered top with the shoulders! It's a very "you" show, too. I need to catch up with Spring 11!

  4. yeah I'm at Chico's.. it'e pretty laid back and if you're trying to hit the beach for the winter I highly recommend it! Yeah Henry is always moving fast but I'm sure you'll be fine!

  5. Ooh that's nice! So you're getting a tan while we're all freezing :)

  6. sexy shoulders. reminds me of the days of annie wade... haha

  7. Hahahaha oh my god I forgot about that, so funny!


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