May 13, 2021

What I wore this week: an asymmetric neckline | Jess Cartner-Morley

This is the eveningwear top for an era when the rules of how much flesh to show are all over the place

Wonky clothes aren’t sexy clothes. An hourglass dress, a sweetheart neckline, a plunging V-neck: this is how sexy works. The rules of attraction are fundamentally simple, ancient and unchanging, and asymmetry cuts right across them.

Which is exactly why, when you do put nakedness and asymmetry together, things get interesting. It’s a subversive, unsettling combination. It is why Bianca Jagger in a draped, scarlet one-shoulder Halston dress – the asymmetry accentuated by a white fox fur draped over one shoulder, and a large drink in the other hand – is the quintessential image of Studio 54, a place that was all about sex and, at the same time, about so much more besides.

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