Lez Eye on NYC's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week: Spring 2012 Collections

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Lez Eye on NYC's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week: Spring 2012 Collections

Celebrities, the fashion elite, and a certain drama-inducing Haz-Been-Lo descended onto NYC this past week for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (8-15 September).

I surveyed the Spring 2012 collections that graced the runway for the most delectable fashions—according to my Lez Eye, of course.

What stimulates my Lez Eye is not an overt flaunting of the bare skin, but the subtle glimpse of the skin, or the perceptibility of the body’s contours underneath the clothing. This type of style is seksi, to me—as it is to Roland Barthes, who, in The Pleasure of the Text, asserts that seduction is produced through this type of momentary perception of what lies beneath:

"Is not the most erotic portion of the body where the garment gapes? …. The intermittence of skin flashing between two articles of clothing (trousers and sweater), between two edges (the open-necked shirt, the glove and the sleeve); it is this flash which seduces, or rather: the staging of an appearance-as-disappearance."

Below are some fashions that caught my eye, with my favorite collections being those by Derek Lam, for his masculine-styled women in unisex clothing; by Victoria Beckham, who’s coats are a wonderful blend of severe and seksi (which is deliciously English to me—and, yes, I have a soft spot for English Muffins); and by Zang Toi, who's suits drip waxy-electric sex.

 

 

Derek Lam

Derek Lam

 

 

Victoria Beckham

Zang Toi

My Lez Eye also lingered on the below fashions:

 

 

Luca Luca

Calvin Klein

 

 

Vera Wang

Michael Kors



Comments [3]

Grace Moon's picture

who but you would weave

who but you would weave french theorist with the rag trade.

nice polaroid, who has those anymore?

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Marcie Bianco's picture

Barthes was very into fashion

Barthes was very into fashion and wrote about the interconnectivity of literature and fashion (and culture at large) with regard to the erotic. What else would a French homosexual in the 60s and 70s do? (He was the one tragically hit and killed by a milk truck.)

And, whew, obvs., I aim to please.

Grace Moon's picture

Thank you for the history

Thank you for the history lesson, Doctor.

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