Spring 2012 Trend: Slip Dresses

Spring 2012 Trend Slipdresses

Photos: Imaxtree

Lingerie-inspired looks from the Calvin Klein, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Moschino Spring 2012 collections

There have been skirts over pants and pierced and tatted-up models. Is fashion having a ‘90s moment? It remains to be seen, but one thing’s for sure—the slip dress is back with a vengeance.

In New York, Francisco Costa focused on the slip for his Calvin Klein collection, taking lingerie to the next level with slinky dresses in ivory, lavender, and pale peach. From pintucking to delicate spaghetti straps, nearly all his looks had the minimalist appeal of an undergarment.

Narciso Rodriguez—the creator of Carolyn Bessette’s famous slip of a wedding dress—referenced his roots with a bias-cut slip dress in pale, lightly textured shades, which he offset with super-bright ‘dos.

The look made famous by those gals at The Peach Pit took off in Milan, where Alberta Ferretti and Moschino both showed lingerie-inspired dresses, the former’s in a paneled white frock, and the latter’s skewing sexier in a black lace number with peek-a-boo panels.

The boudoir-appropriate pieces really came out at Maison Martin Margiela in Paris, where the show opened with a model who looked to be wrapped in a sheet. By the second look, the sheet had morphed into a slip dress, though just as louche and sexy as the opener.

And Jean Paul Gaultier (whose history with lingerie is quite impressive, after all), showed a series of corsets and unmentionables—but also, quite a few lace-trimmed slips.

Better off in the bedroom? Or is underwear as outwear a viable nighttime option? The choice is yours—but we’d be willing to bet Courtney Love’s on board.