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Fashion News: Baby bikini onesie is one step too far for parents

The bikini had its 66th birthday this week – and it’s still stirring up trouble. First, the trouble:

Parents in Southaven, Miss., are complaining about a baby onesie on sale at a local department store that’s printed to look like a woman’s figure wearing a bikini. ”It gives people the wrong idea too quickly,” one father said. To think only a couple of years ago, all we had to worry about was tweens’ clothing being overly sexualized, not babies.

Now the birthday: The bikini was introduced to the world by designer Louis Réard in Paris on July 5,  1946, changing the look of women’s swimwear forever. An engineer who also helped run his mother’s clothing boutique, he marketed the garment as being ”smaller than the world’s smallest bathing suit.” The only woman who would model his prototype was Micheline Bernardini,  a 19-year-old nude dancer at the Casino de Paris. How times have changed. Fashionista looks back through the years at famous bikinis (like Princess Leia’s slave ensemble and Marilyn Monroe’s suit  in “Something’s Got to Give.”)

The fall couture shows in Paris wrapped up with models wearing beaded face masks at Maison Martin Margiela, textured gowns at Valentino and fantasy one-of-a-kind clothes at Jean Paul Gaultier.
Bette Midler and her daughter Sophie were front and center among viewers of the Gaultier show.
Hedi Slimane’s first two collections as creative director for Yves Saint Laurent were shown only to customers, no media allowed, but word is leaking out that the resort collection he showed in Paris this week hearkened back to the label’s founder with cigarette pants, tuxedo shirts, skinny suits and little silk dresses.

In its August issue, Seventeen magazine plans to run an editor’s letter pledging to use only “real girls and models who are healthy” (i.e., not underweight) and not to digitally alter photos to change a model’s face or body shape. To prove they are sticking to what they are calling the “body peace treaty,”  the staff will post behind-the-scenes images from photo shoots on its Tumblr blog.

Christian Louboutin on Wednesday unveiled the slipper he’s created in honor of  Disney’s planned “Cinderella” Diamond Edition release on Blu-ray this fall. The mini-platform heels are made of white lace and Swarovski crystals — glass would have been kind of dangerous — with Louboutin’s signature red sole. These shoes won’t be available for purchase. Instead, 20 pairs are to be given away. Details about the giveaway are to be announced in August.

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Abi Slaughter, 32, from Wooloowin, QLD, agrees. “I find that sizes change in every store, there’s no consistency. Bond’s XS is far too big for me, I have a mix of S, XS and XXS from Country Road and I tend to have to shop in department stores where there is more choice.”
The 150cm microbrewery manager says she rarely buys new clothes. “Shopping tends to take ages, it’s quite depressing.
“Once I’ve found something that fits well, I’ll buy it again online – and I do lots of my own fixing and mending.”
It’s telling that Nicole Richie’s wardrobe staples are, she says, tote bags and shoes: accessories that are not nearly as aligned to body shape as garments are.
And, when it comes to heels, it’s game on for Lionel Richie’s daughter: “I wear heels a lot because I like how they look, not necessarily for height. The tallest I’m ever going to get is five feet six inches; it’s not like I’m going to tower over anybody.”
Well, there is one option, Nicole… Scarily, height-change surgery is not as rare as it once was – and limb lengthening centres are giving men and women boosts of up to 8cm. Painful and expensive, the Middle-Ages-like procedure comes with horribly over-simplified sales pitches: “Increase your height. Change your life.” Eight months immobile in bed will indeed change your life.
So, for all the awkward shopping missions, the wardrobe malfunctions and the does-my-bum-look-big-in-this days, we prefer the idea of finding a fabulous dress in Topshop Petite – and matching it with a gorgeous bag that, refreshingly, comes with no size label attached.