SS16 Trend: The Slip Dress

A flowing shape, a simple structure, a soft silhouette; designers from Givenchy to Mother of Pearl were translating provocative nightgowns to classy daywear for the current SS16 season. Spaghetti straps support a dress constructed from merely a front and back block piece; just one seam on either side. The fabric therefore hangs loosely over the body, forming the elegant slip dress. Varying designers showcased the garment in assorted lengths, whilst they all opted for ultra luxurious materials – after all, why should we hide our luscious lingerie wardrobe of silks and satins beneath the duvet?

As Celine chose to play on the seductive characteristics of black lace, placing the intricate detail over the bust and cutting a deep plunge neckline, female sophistication and power is enhanced. Adversely, a more geometric patterned lace was chosen at Chloe, where a higher, square neckline was used in combination, creating connotations of purity and goodness. Givenchy used layers of detailed lace to create a more complex, volumous slip dress whilst Mother of Pearl harmonised sheer fabrics with floral-like embellishments, enforcing a delicate, dainty appeal.


L-R: Givenchy, Celine, Chloe, Rochas, Mother of Pearl

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A lot less provocative and rather a lot more formal, the highstreet take on the slip dress appears more realistic to typical outterwear, but does this refuse the slip dress from the luxury of the elegant nightwear being the main characteristic of the original slip dress, as seen on the catwalk?


L-R:  Topshop, Miss Selfridge, New Look, ZaraUntitled-2

L-R: River IslandASOSMissguided, Topshop

Create a more exciting depiction of the slip dress by opting for a bold print to stimulate a strong impact against the simplicity of the smooth dress-shape. Add a tie-belt to alter the slip dress to a cinched waist, enhancing the sophisticated silhouette, or opt for a more diverse style with cross-back straps or an open shoulder sleeve. Embroidery develops a calmer, softer appeal, harmonising with the gentle fall of the slip dress’ shape, whilst the use of lace (precisely echoed from the runway) contributes beautiful intricate detail. Moreover opt for black lace to stimulate connotations of power and strength, contrasting greatly against the innocence of the slip dress’ loose fit.

How will you be wearing the slip dress?



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