Sunday, April 25, 2010


One of the designers that my office represents is known as "charming and artsy, an eclectic mix of bohemian chic" that is "funky but sweet, never too sexy" ( Still, the collections can be quite enticing, just in a different way than what is conventionally considered "sexy". This point was brought up during a meeting we had at work this week to discuss custom creations for the Met Ball. One guest of the house, a movie star whose hourglass figure knocks the cameras dead on the red carpet, made it abundantly clear that she wanted to look "sexy". My boss lamented that if the star wanted a body-con cocktail number, she had gone to the wrong house, because it just wasn't going to happen with this designer. As I scanned the sketches of different dress options, I thought that although the looks didn't convey va-va-voom, they were heavily sensual, with a sheer drape grazing here and an alluringly exposed part there. I asked my boss, "Does sexy have to mean cleavage and thigh? She said sexy, but I think we can accomplish that, even if we aren't offering something tight and plunging." It got us thinking, what did she mean by sexy? And what does sexy mean in general?

Some traditional examples of what we conventionally think of as sexy are:

Marilyn Monroe, the ultimate sex symbol

Bond girls: Assassins never looked so good

Then there's this genre... 
Pamela Anderson: Putting the sex in sexy

The smoldering Angelina Jolie re-creates 
Bruce Springsteen's famously sexy album cover

Versace is a house known for Italian va-va-voom

B. Spears makes no bones about overt sexiness

Glamazons in black patent over-the-knee boots...
and nothing else

Giselle brings Brazilian heat in a 
down-to-there up-to-here sparkly mini dress

Victoria's Secret Angel... need we say more?

Film noir still inspires our inner femme fatale

The inimitable Doutzen for Calvin Klein

Some less conventional, but just as sensual, examples of sexy are:

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