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Brief Published: 16 Sep 2011

NYFW: Sheer Delights


The allure of the sheer overlay had not been overlooked by the designers showing their Spring/Summer 2012 collections at New York Fashion Week. Alexander Wang used embellished sheer tunics to add femininity to his tough-girl collection. The sheer T-shirts were a softer version of America-varsity team T-shirts. Rag & Bone’s take on sheer mesh tank tops and open knits – laid over or under neon accents – gave the collection a West-Coast surf and skate vibe.

Jeremy Laing layered sheer, asymmetric dresses over small slips to allow for detail and print in a subtle, grungy way. A palette of soft greys and creams was used in the mottled snakeskin and graphic prints – that took on a fluid, ethereal look when used on sheer fabrics. Likewise, Helmut Lang maintained its sense of urban cool with asymmetric sheer white overlays – which also featured ruching and multiple straps. The simple white bandeau tops underneath maintained a clean, minimal aesthetic.

New York Fashion Week finished, while London Fashion Week opened today.

New York Fashion Week