PYT: Telltail Sign

By Lumay Wang • Oct 5th, 2009 • Category: Obsessions of the Week   

PYT has been happily advising the chic readers of The Supermelon for over a year now. To celebrate our one-year anniversary, I’d like to focus this week’s column on what I would wear to a birthday bash extravaganza. I currently am obsessing over asymmetrical hems, especially on floor-length gowns, so that the train is much longer than the front. Balmain’s flyaway tail was bold and edgy, while Chanel’s haute couture collection featured a demure and ladylike train. Several designers, such as Koi Suwannagate and Marchesa, also decided to experiment with extreme trains and hems in their Spring 2010 collections.

This type of hemline is certain to turn heads at any black tie event. I can already imagine the starlets on the red carpet wearing a dress like Marchesa’s. This flyaway tail is more akin to a reborn mini-skirt than late 19th century ball gowns with the front hemline creeping higher and higher. Paired with sky-high booties, any wearer is sure to show off her legs. Betsey Johnson’s and Chanel couture’s looks reminded me of peacocks with long elaborate tails trimmed with lace or ruffles.

As much as I want to recommend to you my favorite finds on the market, the truth is that the market has not caught up with the runway just yet. Either this extravagant train is too much for diffusion lines, or stores simply have not picked up on the trend. Either way, you’ll have to wish away for such a glamorous dress or obsess (like me). Hopefully, we will be seeing versions of these incredible tails soon in stores.


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