I am grateful every time this fabric-devouring trend reappears: Curves deserve a lush, flowing sash or ten. The instinct to cloak in this fashion may be primal and anthropological but it is also accurate and alarmingly complementary to most body types.
The Hostess only wishes the palates were not so painfully subdued. In hard times, I always love a riot of vibrant color which nods to resilience rather than (what is this below, greige?) neutrals which whisper apologetically that you have a drop dead gorgeous dress.
Come on. As Marc Cohn noted, these girls should be burning in the bedroom in an evening gown. What is with the (what is that, taupe?) sobriety, here?
Ah! Thank goodness you're here, Cleopatra, the colored-down fear mongers almost got us again...
Photos in order of appearance from Sp'09: Versace. Ferragamo. Max Azria. Elie Saab. Andrew Gn.