To be completely honest, this outfit was 100% inspired by Carine Roitfeld’s feature from the September Issue of Harper’s Bazaar, “Unmistakable, Unforgettable, Always in Fashion: Icons.” The spread featured Roitfeld’s styling of 16 fashion icons including Lady Gaga, Linda Evangelista, Lauren Hutton, Monica Bellucci, and many others. Each woman is shot wearing a different designer, but they all having one thing in common—all 16 icons are wearing fishnets.
I’ve always been a big fan of both fishnet stockings and Carine Roitfeld, thus I was enthralled when I heard about the feature. (Especially the image of Stephanie Seymour in an Azzedine Alaia bodysuit and corset belt. That was everything.) For the past month I’ve been inspired to actually try out fishnets in a “normal” look to see if I could pull them off. However, I thought it would be rather ridiculous to wear them in 90 degree heat so I waited until it cooled down a bit.
I also began thinking about the significance of Roitfeld’s use of fishnets as “the link” tying her feature together. Fishnets have had a strange social significance, appropriating different meanings throughout the decades, but always carrying an inherent sex appeal.