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Carolina Herrera: 'Fashion Icons' Like Beyoncé Look Too Naked Lately

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Add fashion designer Carolina Herrera to the list of people who found the bevy of celebrities—most notably, Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian and Beyoncé—wearing strategically see-thru dresses to the recent Met Ball boring.


Before you assume Herrera’s saying it’s inappropriate for these women to be showing so much skin, think again. “They’re supposed to be fashion icons and they’re not wearing anything,” Herrera told Robin Givhan for the Washington Post. “It’s an obsession now.”:

Some designers think “it’s so modern to be naked or almost naked. They think it’s going to attract younger people if they do those dresses. No!” Herrera says emphatically. “The almost naked! Oh God! They’re trying to get people to pay attention to them. In life, there should be a little mystery.” Herrera turns to the recent Costume Institute gala to make her point. Exhibits A through C: Beyoncé and her bedazzled mosquito netting; Jennifer Lopez in a red beaded gown that was all front and back and no sides; Kim Kardashian with a train of white feathers trailing from a derriere served up for admiration.


Coincidentally, Givhan herself wrote after the Met Gala that she found Beyoncé’s dress “dull” for this very same reason. “Her legs, her breasts, her torso, her back and her derriere all looked fabulous. But the woman herself was nowhere to be found,” she noted. Well, we can’t all be Rihanna.

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Image via Kim Kardashian/Instagram and Kris Connor/Getty for TAA PR

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I agree. Nudity near-nudity is so commonplace it’s hardly exciting any more. Who cares if Kim’s practically naked? She’s been photographed fully nude several times. Nothing to see here that we haven’t seen before. It’s not daring, it’s not interesting, it smacks of desperation.

But Herrera’s work is hardly shattering fashion expectations either. She’s known for a clean, conservative look. Grand, often spectacular, but not game-changing any more than the barely there dresses.