On The Runway

How To Wear It: Fetish

Fetish looks from the catwalks of (left to right): Ralph Lauren, Giles, Louis Vuitton and Lanvin (images courtesy of style.com).

This week I’ve seen some scary interpretations of autumn’s fetish trend (and I wasn’t even in Wanchai). Like all trends, this is one you need to practice with caution – it’s not for everyone, especially the ill-fitted corsets which frankly should be banned altogether. Remember it’s about being seductive and sexy – don’t let it all hang out! Here are some tips on getting the look right.

Try and experiement with:

Sheer pieces: Nothing is sexier than a sheer black blouse, especially if you are wearing a lacey bra underneath. Try tops with inserts for a more wearable look.

Black lace: Dolce & Gabbana were onto something all those years ago with the Sicilian widow look. It adds just the right amount of drama.

Leather accents: Don’t go nuts and wear a leather catsuit. Instead opt for a tight pencil skirt or short sleeve tee a la Celine. Make sure the leather is buttery soft and fits you like a glove.

Keyhole necklines: Cut-outs around the decolette are sexy, especially on long sleeved tops. Pair with a pencil skirt and you are good to go.

Patent leather: It’s slick, shiny and sexy. Load up on accessories such as bags and shoes. If you go for patent clothing, only wear one item and match it with something muted to balance the look.

Lace up detailing: Tunics with lace up ties or skirts with lace up slits (as spotted at Alexander McQueen) show just the right amount of skin.

Corset belts: These are so sexy and can transform a black dress instantly. Alaia has the best styles, featuring perforations and cut-outs.

Try and avoid:

Thigh high boots. You really have to have some amazing gams to pull this off. If you must wear them, wear leggings or skinny jeans underneath (mini skirts will make you look like a call girl). A patent trench coat is a cop-out and reminds me of the Matrix.  And no leather harnesses and whips please – leave those for the catwalk. And finally, only one colour goes – black.

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