Angelina Jolie may have written the season’s slit story, but it was Anja Rubik who dished out the exclamation point. The ubiquitous slit is one of those details that will eternally transcend the weather, the season or the fabric. Often lauded as the materialization of women’s desire for provocativeness, the past fashion weeks have seen these thigh-baring details on virtually every designer.
We have the warm weather of spring and summer to blame for the excess showing of skin. Then again, some of the fall collections were tirelessly lacking of thigh coverage as well. While we remain flabbergasted by the epic pelvic-high slit on Rubik’s Anthony Vacarrello dress, we pored through the spring and fall collections to remember the alluring slits to adorn the most breathtaking designer dresses.
Badgley Mischka’s spring collection oozed with feminine appeal, but this glorious dress was what we remembered the most. The ethereal quality of the bustier-like top and the light-as-a-feather skirt received a massive dose of provocativeness thanks to the thigh-high slit. The designer tiptoes around irony by setting the intricate detailing and effeminate shade against the bold showing off skin. Nevertheless, we love the beauty and danger this dress possesses.
With Rubik modeling this Gucci dress from the label’s fall collection, we can’t help but compare it with the Vacarrello design she wore to the Met Gala. Although the slit on this elegant maroon dress is also relatively high, the Vacarrello piece still takes the crown for being the grandest. Setting the comparisons aside, we like the old-world appeal this dress exudes. While the ruffled edges yield a flamenco dress appeal, the black belt took that association away and created an other-worldly sophistication we can’t resist.
Slits have never been associated with urban dressing, but trust Balmain to take the overt sexiness of slits and fashion it as a downtown staple. Besides the denim looks that thrived in Balmain’s spring collection, this grunge-meets-class ensemble made us look at thigh-high center slits differently. We’re pretty sure its leather, but we can’t nail the color yet which appears to be a toss between black or dark green. Nevertheless, we’re inspired by this moody and edgy approach that we think will be prefect for Fall.
The final look from Jason Wu’s fall runway show was truly the best of the lot. Wu seemed to have drawn inspiration from the rock n’ roll aesthetics of the Balmain label, which was beaming from that Chinese-collared jacket. Exuding the similar tough appeal is the luxurious skirt that featured an off-center slit that was placed precariously high. The ensemble’s fine display of contrast between menswear-like tailoring and true sultriness is every bit desirable.
We don’t usually see slits on bright and cheery dresses, but when we do, they remind us that they are more than a one-way ticket to seduction. This shimmery sequined Elie Saab mini dress is the perfect example that slits, when done right, can be as ladylike as a sweetheart neckline. With the sequins already speaking volumes for this ensemble, the designer smartly differentiated this look from this season’s throngs of mini dresses by lending a few inches’ worth of sensuality that was modest enough for cocktail soirees.
Emerging from Emilio Pucci’s fall collection is this sheer-sleeved dress oozing with sultriness and luxury. With the figure-hugging silhouette of this piece, the label added a sense of danger by incorporating a revealing slit. From our vantage point, it’s a disastrous rip waiting to happen. Then again, that’s the allure of this dress. The armor-like finish of the leather coupled with the dainty sheer sleeves tied this look together—one that basks in the surprising toughness of femininity.