Lingerie love on the runways of S/S'16

Lingerie love on the runways of S/S'16

Delicate underpinnings

Text: Wei Yeen Loh

Image: Imaxtree

This season's hottest trend is ultra risqué—the reinvention of lace and silk underpinnings while pairing them with tougher elements

It's no surprise that innerwear as outerwear is making waves this season—having first made a comeback on spring/summer 2010 runways where delicately laced corsets were donned outside of tops and frocks, and even boned bra cups as part of sweaters.

But this season, similar tropes were observed with a more demure approach taken by designers, seen at Givenchy's lace frocks, Calvin Klein's languid silk dresses and Prabal Gurung's exquisite white slipdress with handmade cut-outs. Raf Simmons went for a more feminine, couture-centred direction with sheer sherbet-coloured organza separates that had scalloped edges at Dior, while Alexander Wang made satin ruffles and matching striped pants look like they shouldn't merely be confined to the bedroom (although we can't say the same for lace bedroom slippers that were included in the look) at Balenciaga.

But what also transpired in Paris was that the styling of lingerie-inspired little things were kicked up a notch—especially paired with grungy outerwear such as studded and distressed leather jackets at Saint Laurent; sheer nighties and kistchy layering done right at Miu Miu, and Phoebe Philo's juxtaposition of lovely floral lace lined silk camisoles with tough, Chelsea boots at Céline. It seems like this outré trend isn't going anywhere anytime soon, although we're always all for a more polished veneer when dressed in intimate-like apparel outdoors (go classy or go home, as they say!)

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