The Metal-Embroidered Miniskirt Workout-------
Blame it on Balmain. Christophe Decarnin has brought bedazzle back to fashion, triggering many a formerly minimalist girl’s lust reflex by swathing his clothes in crystal and chain. Critics have noted that these Balmain collections seem to be designed with ultra-skinny girls in mind; less commented upon is the possibility that a dress beaded top-to-bottom with Swarovski is a diet device on its own. This stuff is heavy! Really, really heavy. And as yet more designers take Decarnin’s cue and get out their own stud guns, etc., it seems plausible to wonder whether the money that’s been going to a gym membership might be better applied to, say, Simone’s metal-embroidered miniskirt (available at Intermix later this spring). The line’s designer, L.A.-based Katie Nehra, has been wearing a sample version of her Fall ’09 skirt that tips the scale at three pounds, which doesn’t sound like much until you’re hoofing up and down stairs in the piece. “Well, I don’t get winded,” she says, “but I’m in pretty good shape.” Cracking wise, Nehra suggests that girls think about their embellished clothes as “like ankle weights, only stylish.” Just please don’t accessorize with running shoes.