Style is embracing your imperfections and going gracefully about them. This Ralph Lauren ostrich hemmed dress over Hadid fouetté thighs is an example of just that.
Bella Hadid for Ralph Lauren, NYFW Spring 2018
The ostrich hemmed number from Ralph Lauren Spring 2018 collection shows us the graceful way to go about the hearty knees that usually come together with the uber feminine gams. Several years ago I have come up with an auteur term – a fouetté thigh – to talk about dressing the thighs that have been banned from the Runway for what feels like eternity-long three decades. It is a revelation to see Bella Hadid today walking down the Runway, and a grand aspiration for designs that will reach beyond the blue prints of the androgynous standards.
This opulently embellished ostrich hem provides an opportunity to wear shorter lengths gracefully. Creating enough visual interest it takes the spotlight away from the hearty knees.
This seems like a new way to look at dressing and styling. I feel that in the last couple of decades women were imprisoned between the two extremes: they were either pushed to hide their imperfections, or they wore their imperfection on a sleeve as a symbol of some newly acquired freedom. Working with women for over ten years I did not notice that either of these brought them satisfaction. The rewarding style is embracing your imperfections and going gracefully about them. For that you slow down a bit, figure out the nuances of cuts, textures and hems that quietly make us see your best first. By the time we spot an imperfection we have already fallen in love with you. This, and neither hiding nor bolstering ones imperfections is the essence of true styling for me. This Ralph Lauren embellished hem dress over Bella Hadid feminine legs serves as a great example of just that.
Those of us, who are looking for a cocktail dress that does not betray the fouetté thighs of an earth mother may find this design with an elaborate hem a great inspiration. The same maneuver can work wonders for those of us who shop for 38D+ bra sizes and bottoms in the XS-M spectrum. Known in the old school approach as “apple shape”, these gals will notice that this opulent finishing on the hem of a cocktail dress help them achieve a delicate silhouette. Those looking for a knee balancing act may do better with ombres and sfumato-inspired analogous colors as featured on this dress. Ladies needing to grace larger bosoms, can find greater options with contrasting, Picasso-worthy color-block hem finishes.
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