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A New Wave of Designers Is Bringing Sexy Back

BY October 7, 2021

Camille Charriere at London Fashion Week.
Camille Charriere at London Fashion Week.Photo: Getty Images

Earlier this year, “The Get” published a piece all about clothing that offered what we called the elegant reveal—peepholes and cutouts that exposed only a bit of skin on summer-ready, lightly colored garments. We also tracked trends such as the bra as a top and tight, body-conscious knitwear. Fast forward to New York Fashion Week and the rest of fashion month, and let’s just say things are not so subtle anymore.

There’s no better way to describe it other than what it is—sexy is back. Yes, it’s exposed skin, sheer fabrics, and well-placed cutouts, but it’s important to note that this new era of sexy is softer, more inventive, and detail oriented. In addition to the well-known designers doing just that—say, Saint Laurent, Tom Ford, Jacquemus, and Versace—there’s a new batch of names to know. London’s Nensi Dojaka, Sydney’s Dion Lee, and one of Emily Ratajkowski’s new favorite labels out of Los Angeles, Aya Muse, are all creating delightfully delicate, wonderfully sexy pieces you can wear now.Tom Ford Spring 2022; Saint Laurent Spring 2022; David Koma Spring 2022; Nensi Dojaka Spring 2022; Coperni Spring 2022; Maryam Nassir Zadeh Spring 2022; LaQuan Smith Spring 2022Photo: Filippo Fior /; Alessandro Lucioni /; Courtesy of David Koma; Daniele Oberrauch; Courtesy of Coperni; Madison Voelkel / Courtesy of Maryam Nassir Zadeh; Filippo Fior /

Very-sheer mesh dresses, corseted blazers, barely there thin straps, cutouts on the hips, and extremely low scooped backs are just a few of the ways to indulge in the sultry trend—and this way of dressing doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. According to the most recent spring 2022 collections, this mood and attitude are here to stay. Nensi Dojaka, Coperni, Maryam Nassir Zadeh, Tom Ford, David Koma, LaQuan Smith, and Saint Laurent all sent models down their runways in soft, sexy looks. There were cutout catsuits, bikini and bra tops paired with low-slung pants and skirts, lots of black mesh ensembles, and itty-bitty cutout dresses.

Ahead, shop our edit from this new wave of designers bringing sexy back.

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