Fashion does not often like to compromise, but there are two trends catching our eye that are all about balance. Full-length, bodycon, long-sleeve gowns - showing off curves, not skin - and a ubiquitous gold that does not necessarily glitter are both making strong showings.
Among the varying hemlines that have been rolled out this week, from Marc Jacobs' mid-shin and Kim Kardashian's booty skimmers for bebe, we're loving the one that's to the floor. Of course, most ready-to-wear collections include a formal gown linchpin, but these maxis are different, because they come just as covered on top, with sleeves stretching to the wrists. Despite the maximum coverage, sex appeal persists in these dresses' bodycon silhouettes. Christian Siriano's version was a navy tricot jersey with a slight sheen and Yigal Azrouel showed a bright plum Star Trek gown with a cut-out back, while Derek Lam and Michael Kors created LBDs (long black dresses) with plunging necklines for at least a little bit of skin.
Equally glamorous with a hint of restraint are the matte gold finishes that have tempered the all-out sparkle that's also shining. For Marc by Marc Jacobs, the designer infused richness to a cocktail dress with a gold brocade pattern on black. Phillip Lim's bronzed lamé pantsuit might just be the coolest evening attire we've ever seen - smoldering without being showy. Michael Kors, too, presented your good-old gold sheath gown, but veered it away from Golden Girls territory by smudging up the shine just a bit.
We're digging the yin and yang of these multifaceted trends for fall. They're looking hot without trying so hard.