Spring’s New Erogenous Zone

According to spring 2011 runways next season will welcome a new erogenous zone in women’s wear. While FW10 catwalks showcased plunging neckline after plunging neckline, with quite a few bustiers and corset tops thrown in for good measure, this fashion week the industry’s gaze is moving beyond the bust. Take Marc Jacobs’ recently debuted new collection for Louis Vuitton, for instance. The designer (who Style.com says credits his influences for the collection as “Art Deco, Art Nouveau, orientalism”), sent all eyes to the thighs of his highly-stylized mannequins. There were slits rising up to quite a few model’s waists, as well as completely pant-less looks: all of which put a large emphasis on legs.

Stefano Pilati over at Yves Saint Laurent had the same idea. The second look that Pilati sent down his SS11 runway featured a model looking the definition of reserved minimalism in a white blazer and skirt (a slicked-back bun to boot), minus a crotch-grazing slit that cut into her otherwise knee-length skirt. Back at New York Fashion Week, Joseph Altuzarra had championed the same thigh-heavy silhouette with quite a few asymmetrical skirts. Point being: you might want to place pretty undergarments high up on your SS11 wish list as well.