July 25 2014

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Do You Dare To Go Spare?


Of the hundreds of gowns at this week’s Met ball, the most striking were also the most restrained. Zoe Saldana and Diane Kruger looked chic in unadorned Calvin Klein Collection gowns; ditto Jessica Stam in long-sleeved Rachel Roy. Plenty of minimal eveningwear could be found on the Fall runways, too. “Less is more these days,” Yigal Azrouël told us. “People are tired of all the froufrou and are just craving simplicity.” The designer turned out long, sleek dresses notable for how covered up they were, as did Antonio Berardi and Andrew Gn. At Stella McCartney and The Row, meanwhile, hemlines were raised, but the silhouettes were just as streamlined.

Click to see the slideshow, and let us know what you think of fashion’s new minimalist streak.

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  1. LeilaSilva says:

    I love the idea of the minimalist look, which is great privileged is the feminine silhouette. I think excellent the partnership of beautiful fabrics and modelling with perfect cuts, to highlight still more our shapes. Beautiful colors are always welcome and I can not help remember that show our legs make these looks perfect!

    Leila Silva

  2. EuroPax says:

    Yep, I’m lovin’ these minimalist styles as well, especially the black gowns as they hide more curves. These are clothes I could actually wear. Thanks for taking together a selection like that!

  3. EmilyTheDressmaker says:

    Minimalism is trans-seasonal, timeless and ageless. I love this aesthetic because it reinforces the notion that complexity, volume and decoration does not necessarily signify good design. Sometimes the simplest of forms are the most beautiful, breath-taking and well-executed.

  4. ionamoss says:

    i really like the minimalistic look, i think it is a look that is easy for anybody to wear, and accentuates a womens figure.
    i feel that if the cut and/or fabric is interesting, or eye-catching enough, then there is no need for clothes to be adorned with jewels etc.


  5. sunshine123 says:

    I have always liked sleek, clean cut fashion, and this is perfect.

  6. chichunters says:

    the best trend to come out of the recession. timeless and eternally elegant. i love the gown of amber valetta!

  7. srdesignwrkz says:

    The focus, with minimal styling is on the woman wearing it, less is more elegant.

  8. IndigoDingo says:

    Love these styles, and actually think look better on a woman with a few curves than on many of these models.
    Vive la femme!

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