(Page Six) There’s a new “naked” dress in town — and instead of the see-through, sparkly styles we’ve seen on red carpets for years, this season’s take is completely covered up.
In recent weeks, celebrities including Bella Thorne, “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Marlo Hampton and Kylie Jenner have turned heads in trompe l’oeil looks screened with photorealistic prints of the nude female form.
Designer Jean Paul Gaultier, who pioneered the nearly-naked look in the ’90s, recently teamed up with stylist Lotta Volkova on a cheeky collaboration that’s got Jenner, Hampton and Tove Lo “freeing the nipple” in a whole new way.
To be sure, this faux flesh-flashing fad isn’t for the faint of heart — but I had to know if a non-famous person could pull off one of these sexy styles in public, so I ordered a $12 Shein version that bore a striking resemblance to a dress I’d spotted on SZA, hit the streets of uptown NYC and hoped for the best.
Essentially a skintight, slightly more stylish version of those “bikini body” T-shirts you might find at beachside souvenir shops, my discount dress definitely earned a few double takes. As I strutted past the long line outside the Museum of Natural History, several men, women and kids shot me quizzical stares.
And one construction worker practically gave himself whiplash checking out the garment’s backside — printed with the image of a shapely bare booty seemingly modeled after a Kardashian’s — as I crossed the street. Who needs a BBL when you can fake it with fashion?