Once upon a time, a little cut-out black dress seemed like a risky choice. Today it is an indispensable item of clothing. Proof of this were the styling of the stars at the New York Fashion Week, at the Venice Film Festival, many premieres and the award ceremony.
It came as no surprise when Albania-born designer Nensi Dojaka received the prestigious LVMH award this year. Each of her collections (previously presented as part of the newly created Fashion East platform, and spring-summer 2022 is her first individual show) introduced a fresh approach to the beloved classic of the wardrobe, which is the little black dress. Nensi Dojaka’s skimpy, expressive designs quickly won the recognition of influential fashion designers, from Bella to Rihanna, all captivated by sexy aesthetics – especially coveted at a time when the world missed the dance floor.
Dojaka belongs to a group of designers who have made the risky little black dress with cutouts an indispensable element of a modern wardrobe. Another designer from Fashion East, Maximilian Davis, is convincing to cutouts – Zendaya wears his satin mini dress in Britain’s “Vogue” in the October 2021 issue.
Katie Holmes chose a dress with cutouts from Christopher Esber
Australian designer Christopher Esber has had similar success with stylish female fans and fashion fans alike with his butt-revealing creations. Katie Holmes, who usually walks the Big Apple in jeans and plain tops, swapped her girly outfits for Esbera’s bold multi-panel dress during New York Fashion Week.
Indeed, dresses and outfits with cutouts are ubiquitous in New York City. Model Chanel Iman came to the same Fashion Week kickoff party as Holmes in a leather cut-out mini, while on the other side of town, Alessandra Ambrosio appeared at the Dundas X Revolve show in a one-shoulder dress with a thigh-high slit. That same evening, Bella Hadid starred in a new role – co-creator of the Kin Euphorics beverage brand – in a dress with multiple cutouts on the neckline, and with it she wore checkered pants and high heels.
Many stars appeared at the Celebration of Women in Cinema gala during the Venice Film Festival. Adesuwa Aighewi, Isabelle Huppert and Kate Hudson chose the enticing little black ones from Eli Mizrahi, Mônot’s creative director – especially Hudson was delighted in a bold gown, the same project SZA launched at the Billboard Music Awards.
Dua Lipa is also a fan of Mônot. In January, for a trip to the tropics with her friends and her boyfriend Anwar Hadid, she took an elegant maxi dress by Mônot – she wore it with the Savage x Fenty thongs that she did not cover.
Megan Fox wore a Mugler gown at the Billboard Music Awards.
When Kylie Jenner announced that she was pregnant with her second child, she posted a photo of herself wearing a full-belly gown from Mirror Palais. Naturally, this message ignited social media, triggering sales of dresses of all sizes.
Risky little blacks can also be found in Mugler’s collections. Brand Creative Director Casey Cadwallader once said: – It’s important to do outrageous things; this is how this house is built. But it’s also about creating an interesting everyday wardrobe. Despite Cadwallader’s focus on daywear, the most important and influential in the world of fashion are his simple yet seductive evening wear.
His exquisitely crafted garments, which use good-looking technical fabrics, are designed to hug the body. These designs were liked by a whole galaxy of stars. Megan Fox appeared in a Mugler gown at the Billboard Music Awards. Her stylist Maeve Reilly later explained to “Vogue”: – We wanted her to wear the most desirable dress, and it was this one.
London-based designer David Koma provided the stars with outfits and post-lockdown parties. Zendaya wore a dazzling embellished top and skirt from the Resort 2022 collection, which closely resembled the gown she chose for the Dune movie tour. Heidi Klum opted for a dazzling long-sleeved Koma mini.
This article originally appeared on Vogue.co.uk.