Paris 68 Lets It All Hang Out

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Published February 22, 2010

JESSICA BIEL, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, JOHAN LINDEBERG, MARCELLA LINDEBERG

Typically reserved for showgirls, harlots and everyone’s favorite pantless daredevil, Lady Gaga, skirts that fail to cover your you-know-what tend to attract the wrong kind of attention. But at last Thursday’s debut of women’s wear line, Paris68, creative director Marcella Lindeberg’s über-short skirt-legging onesies projected a different type of sexual overtone. Sweeping embellished cashmere capes were the collection’s focal point, but underneath you might have missed sheer, second-skin bodysuits wrapped with skirts that just barely draped the frontal lobes. In burnout velvet, silvery mesh and metallic jersey garnished with fringe tassels, the looks gave off a Wonder Woman vibe. A pink lace version beaded with Swarovski pearls provided a no less demure option. With a shorter but no less dramatic black cape flying from its shoulders, a crepe dress with leather-trimmed slits that ran right up to the groin called to mind a cocktail-ready Catwoman, while a gunmetal interpretation of the jumpsuit-skirt hybrid, topped with a fitted black fencing jacked and finished with a wafting train, was fit for a decidedly more sinister supervillan.

Designed for a liberated woman on the go, the ensembles marked a sassy new silhouette. And while they are, perhaps, less wearable for the everyday individual, they brought a strong sense of confidence and good old-fashion fun to Paris68’s otherwise sophisticated runway. So if you dare, get it shaved, get it waxed, whatever you prefer because as long as you’re covered with a cozy cape, fall just might be the time to let it all hang out.