Ah bare leg! We love the feeling after a season of itchy tights and confining denim to set our skin free with the warm springtime air. But unfortunately, this coming spring, designers have other ideas in mind for us.
In flipping through show after show, one main trend keeps popping up — the uber-conservative, knee-length skirt.
Chris Benz basically offered a survey of these longer length hemlines for his entire Resort 2011 collection. Both skirts and dresses were cut crisply below the knee, if not further down, to provide a much more mature aesthetic than in previous collections. One needs to wonder if this is a move to maximize sales and target a demographic that will purchase the clothing instead of one that will just google it and then splurge for the knock-off version.
On a different note, Christopher Bailey for Burberry Prosum waved his magic wand again this season to make even a questionably matronly silhouette appear sexy. Gathers and ruching created dynamic surface detail to the skirts in a way to taunt for the viewing pleasure. The looks were increasingly feminine with light fabrics offering a romantic and nostalgic feel.
Naeem Khan also flirted with sophisticated sexiness in his use of vibrant prints and metallic fabrics to offset the length of the skirt.
With the delight of parents everywhere for the mini to be seemingly absent, it’s difficult to completely embrace something that would well, make them so happy, but here’s to trying!