Look Ma No Pants!

Derek Lam S2010

This post is for those of you who think that directional runway trends don't make it on to the street. Here in New York City we were barely into the warmer weeks of Spring when the streets started to swarm with young women who had seemingly forgotten to wear pants. Of course, followers-of-fashion and trend-know-it-alls knew what was up as this no-pants look has been shown on many runways over the past few seasons.

Dolce & Gabbana S2010

Chanel S2010

Last November, Carine Roitfeld's son, Vladimir Restoin Roitfield, presented artist Nicolas Pol's exhibition, The Martus Maw. Not to be upstaged, even by her own flesh and blood, the French Vogue doyenne went to the opening sans culotte. If Vladimir was mortified at the sight of his mother showing up in something resembling Spanx under see-through black lace I guess we'll never know.

Carine Roitfeld in Dolce & Gabbana, Nov 09

And then of course there's GaGa, who never misses an opportunity to appear in public in her undies.

Lady GaGa, Paris, September 2009

Then, a quick flip through some of my favorite global street style blogs confirmed my own observations, you don't need to be a model, a pop star or a fashion editrix to wear the no-pants look this season.




Karla's Closet

Mr Newton

Mr Newton

Mr Newton

Mr Newton

Style Bubble



Glam Canyon

And then after I bought my advance ticket to SATC 2, I started wondering, did it all begin with Carrie Bradshaw in Season 4, Episode 2 when she fell on the runway wearing a pair of sparkly panties and not much else?

SJP as Carrie, 2001

Which allows me to segue perfectly into my next post about the continuing impact of Sex & the City! Stay Tuned ...


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