Fashion News: Baby bikini onesie is one step too far for parents

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The bikini had its 66th birthday this week -- and it’s still stirring up trouble. First, the trouble:

Parents in Southaven, Miss., are complaining about a baby onesie on sale at a local department store that’s printed to look like a woman’s figure wearing a bikini. ‘It gives people the wrong idea too quickly,’ one father said. To think only a couple of years ago, all we had to worry about was tweens’ clothing being overly sexualized, not babies. [Huffington Post]

Now the birthday: The bikini was introduced to the world by designer Louis Réard in Paris on July 5, 1946, changing the look of women’s swimwear forever. An engineer who also helped run his mother’s clothing boutique, he marketed the garment as being ‘smaller than the world’s smallest bathing suit.’ The only woman who would model his prototype was Micheline Bernardini, a 19-year-old nude dancer at the Casino de Paris. How times have changed. Fashionista looks back through the years at famous bikinis (like Princess Leia’s slave ensemble and Marilyn Monroe’s suit in ‘Something’s Got to Give.’) [Fashionista]

The fall couture shows in Paris wrapped up with models wearing beaded face masks at Maison Martin Margiela, textured gowns at Valentino and fantasy one-of-a-kind clothes at Jean Paul Gaultier, shown here. [The Cut]


Bette Midler and her daughter Sophie were front and center among viewers of the Gaultier show. [Society News LA]

Hedi Slimane’s first two collections as creative director for Yves Saint Laurent were shown only to customers, no media allowed, but word is leaking out that the resort collection he showed in Paris this week hearkened back to the label’s founder with cigarette pants, tuxedo shirts, skinny suits and little silk dresses. [The Cut]

In its August issue, Seventeen magazine plans to run an editor’s letter pledging to use only ‘real girls and models who are healthy’ (i.e., not underweight) and not to digitally alter photos to change a model’s face or body shape. To prove they are sticking to what they are calling the ‘body peace treaty,’ the staff will post behind-the-scenes images from photo shoots on its Tumblr blog. [New York Times]

Christian Louboutin on Wednesday unveiled the slipper he’s created in honor of Disney’s planned ‘Cinderella’ Diamond Edition release on Blu-ray this fall. The mini-platform heels are made of white lace and Swarovski crystals -- glass would have been kind of dangerous -- with Louboutin’s signature red sole. These shoes won’t be available for purchase. Instead, 20 pairs are to be given away. Details about the giveaway are to be announced in August. [USA Today]


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Photos, from top: Tthe bikini has become ubiquitous after a scandalous introduction 66 years ago. The one shown here is from Vix by Paula Hermanny’s collection in 2010. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times.

Designer Jean Paul Gaultier and a model acknowledge the applause of the audience after the Gaultier haute couture show at Paris Fashion Week Fall-Winter 2012-13 on Wednesday. Credit: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images.