Milan 02/26/09. Photos by S D'Alessandro/WireImage.
New York, London, Milan and now Paris are showing a strong, perhaps even overwhelming trend towards sheer and lingerie looks for day wear; but just because spring deliveries aren't till February doesn't mean clever retailers haven't stocked a few looks for sale now.
If New York Fashion Week was slyly playing peak a boob then Milan has practically gone for the full on trench coat flasher with the way sheer is making a statement. We can only hope this mammary mania (sorry we just can't help ourselves with the puns) is the first inklings that fashion's banishment of the bosom is finally over. This isn't to say we saw a lot of large tits, but at least we were being presented with the idea of a nipple.
Ennio Capasa at C'N'C Costume National made hay with an entire collection of nearly transparent numbers from sheer dresses to lacey see-through leggings. He really wasn't kidding when he referenced x-ray specs in his run of show notes though to his credit he did unclude under garments. Not the case with Enrico Coveri showed white shirts that might just work for the office that is if your coworkers were amenable to areolas. Ermannno Scervino showed a one shouldered black sweater that might not be ideal for anything but lounge wear. Though we suppose we do know a few very understanding cocktail lounges.
May we posit that hinting and suggesting have replaced the outlandish in Milan's dual culture of flash versus frump? We don't know what it means and we can't think of how to tie it into the recession but we suppose this counts for toned down for Milan somehow. Just wait till the Italians become like the London lads at at Man and start showing us men's nipples!