The Nipple Is Officially Free! How to Prep Your Bust for Paris Fashion Week’s Mesh Movement

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As Maria Grazia Chiuri presented her first Dior collection at Paris Fashion Week today, it was clear that the female form served as heavy inspiration. Floaty-meets-gritty variations of sheer tulle dresses and blouses were so ethereally transparent that embellishments appeared to be painted directly onto models’ chests, an idea that Anthony Vaccarello made into reality via a rhinestone-encrusted take on freeing the nipple during his Saint Laurent debut earlier this week. With spring collections from Simone Rocha, Fendi, Lanvin, and the like joining the mesh movement, there’s no better time to prep your décolletage for its moment in the spotlight—if you dare.

We turned to Manhattan-based complexion expert Dangene for her tried-and-true tricks for keeping a youthful bust. Step one? Training yourself to sleep on your back with the support of well-placed pillows and a modern memory foam mattress may be the most effective way to prevent dreaded chest wrinkles. “When you sleep on your side, you’re squinching your entire chest for hours,” she explains. “It’s like giving your chest crow’s feet!” Dangene also believes in fueling your internal and external skin-care routine with collagen-boosting powders and supercharged products designed to target the delicate skin on your neck and bust. “I believe in boosting your skin’s ability to stay plumped and produce more youthful cells,” she explains, counting Orlane’s “old-school phenom” Crème Royale Neck and Decollete as her go-to product for protecting the fragile bust area, which she applies throughout the day, followed by sessions of LED light treatments to help tighten the hard-to-reach skin that pools between collarbones.

The takeaway? Shift your focus below the neck now to put your best breast forward in the future. Above, seven products to help boost your bust game in time for spring’s sheerest styles.

 

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Kanye West, Kim Kardashian West, and More at Balmain’s Post-Show Party

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The chicest-clad army goes to Olivier Rousteing’s #BalmainArmy. From Alessandra Ambrosio to Kim Kardashian West, Rousteing knows what girls want to wear. And at his after-party last night at Loulou on rue de Rivoli, the revelers got into character. Kanye West, joined by wife Kim, made a grand entrance sporting trousers from his forthcoming Calabasas collection with Adidas and an embroidered denim jacket. Mrs. West glided in like a modern-day Cleopatra in one of Rousteing’s fresh-from-the-runway designs punctuated with futuristic shades. Joining the #worldsmosttalkedaboutcouple were Rousteing’s phalanx of models including Ambrosio, Constance Jablonski, Natasha Poly, along with Sara Sampaio, Cindy Bruna, and Grace Bol. As for the man of the hour? He shimmied with everyone until the wee hours of the night.

 

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Inside the Balmain Post-Show Party With Kanye West, Kim Kardashian West, and More

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African Novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Delivers a Powerful Message on Dior’s Front Row

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Under a flutter of camera flashes announcing the front row arrivals of Rihanna, Jennifer Lawrence, and Kate Moss at Dior this morning, one may not have immediately noticed that the show’s true guest of honor had arrived. Quietly slipping past photographers, leading African author and modern feminist icon Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie took her front row perch alongside fashion power players. She, after all, deserved the perfect vantage point to see Maria Grazia Chiuri’s debut female-empowered designs for which she is very much the inspiration. The brand’s first female creative director in its 70 years sent her models gliding down the wood-planked runway to the sound of the Nigerian writer’s rousing manifesto We Should All Be Feminists as they sported T-shirts that proclaimed the righteous statement.

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Adichie’s 2013 TEDx Talk became a benchmark for gender equity after Beyoncé sampled it on her hit song “Flawless,” a smart signal of what Chiuri’s appointment will bring. Adichie’s appearance felt just as appropriate. The well-appointed writer has spoken often about her fascination with fashion, possessing a love for prints she showed off today in droves. She donned a long-sleeved sculptural frock splashed with a monochromatic graphic pattern and accessorized with a pair of green and magenta shoes that matched the colorful patchwork pockets of her dress. It delivered as strong a message as her words.

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