These Prada and YSL ads are inspiring me to create a sexy look of my own. If Prada says you can show off your pretty bra and midriff and still be sophisticated, there must be something to it. I do think this trend is best executed by a woman with smaller breasts. A friend asked where one could pull off this look. She said she could not imagine going out for a nice dinner dressed like this. I think it would work best for cocktails and dancing. Here's the thing. Women show a lot of skin as the temperatures rise. With this look you are covering a lot of skin, but letting the world know there is a seductress within. When it comes to fashion experimenting and pushing the envelope, just a little bit can be a great way to open up and update your style. The Prada ads immediately reminded me of Carrie Bradshaw. But then she always had the abs and the confidence to strut around the streets of Manhattan in midriff baring ensembles. I think a bandeau, harem pants, and a cropped boxy jacket would be a great daytime version of this.
(Milla Jovovich in Prada: courtesy of The New York Times Style Magazine spring 09)