Transparency is certainly one of the most important values in this Millennial era. The preference finds a stylish counterpart on the red carpets in the form of gorgeous sheer gowns. This trend has been around long enough now that most fashionistas have figured out which variation on the lovely look works best for them.
The main stylistic question lies in the level of embellishment. The most extreme looks consist of a nude sheath covered in just the suggestion of material, whether scattered crystals or sprawling embroidery. The degree of decoration goes up from there, whether carefully placed strips of fabric or playful motifs spread across thin, see-through veils.
A third option has a bit more classic appeal. Forgoing embellishment, these gowns gather together voluminous folds of semi-sheer material. The result is revealing, but also undeniably sophisticated.
It will come as a surprise to no fashionista that Zuhair Murad, Elie Saab, and Christian Dior are the go-to designers for sheer styles currently. Their masterful, gauzy creations are an optimal blend of classicism and modern daring. More labels trying their hand at the sheer trend — or optimizing their own take on it — include Reem Acra and Monique Lhuillier. — jas