In keeping with this morning's post, today's Daily Dress is more about what goes underneath a frock, rather than the frock itself. Besides perhaps Lady Gaga, no one has done more than Dolce and Gabbana to try to make granny panties cool. For the last two seasons, the designers have featured sheer dresses with 50s-inspired lingerie peeking out.
Personally, I rather like the effect. I don't think I would wear it myself (actually, I'm positive I wouldn't wear it myself), but there's something interesting about the concept of these ensembles.
After all, it takes a lot of work, construction-wise, to make a lace dress that is so perfectly finished that the seams can be on display like this. How did they set in those sleeves, I wonder? And finish the waistline seam?
That's what makes these designs so beautiful, I think. Besides the lingerie being lovely in a retro way, the dresses themselves are a paradox of transparency. They're sheer, and yet they hide the inner workings of their own construction.
Do you remember Gretchen Jones wearing a similar get-up on the Project Runway finale? The result isn't quite as shocking as you might expect, but it would still take some major guts to wear.