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Fake nudes: fashion embraces the return of photo-realistic nipples

By Fleur Britten

10 Jun 2022 · 2 min read

Editor's Note

A feminist statement, a social media ploy or simply embracing the trend of the moment, a number of celebrities are bearing it all, but not in the way you may expect.

Fashion is having a novelty naked-apron moment. This week Kylie Jenner posted a selfie in which she wears a bikini featuring two gasp-inducing, photo-realistic nipples by Jean Paul Gaultier X Lotta Volkova (predictably, it went viral). Then Iggy Azalea celebrated her birthday wearing, well, not exactly her birthday suit, but it wasn’t far off: a second-skin “nude dress” by the Barcelona-based designer Sergio Castaño Peña, making her appear completely bare, save a small pair of knickers.

Trompe l’oeil nudity is having a moment. Last month at the Billboard Music Awards Jenner wore a Balmain maxi bodycon dress photo-printed with a near-naked body. Meanwhile, Miley Cyrus wore the London designer Sinead Gorey’s “naked” top and matching leggings to meet fans backstage in Bogotá, Colombia, and Bella Hadid and Maisie Williams have posed in “topless” tops by Y/Project.

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