Tatler’s Haute List: It’s Time to Break Out the Catsuit
One thing was clear on the fall/winter 2021 runways: the female form is back in focus. From Prada to Pucci, catsuits that celebrated the female body’s beauty were de rigueur—sleek, skintight numbers that proudly showed off curves and lines. It’s not a trend for the faint-hearted, but the intention to exalt the female body makes this a worthwhile trend to try out this season.
But how to bring these sexy sartorial pieces down to earth from Planet Fashion? Over at Tom Ford and Salvatore Ferragamo, the designers put a spin on black catsuits and made them sheer—Tom Ford’s version used different types of lace, while Salvatore Ferragamo opted for an abstract print. For those of you balking at the thought of revealing too much, fear not: the strategically placed lace and print show just the right amount of skin, while titillating the imagination by obscuring other parts of the body.
For those of you who prefer something more statement-making, Prada, Halpern and Emilio Pucci showed the power of a print. Prada’s fall/winter 2021 collection (Raf Simons and Miuccia Prada’s second womenswear collection together) brought archival prints to the fore, while Halpern heeded the call of the wild and plastered his version with the instantly recognisable print from a cousin of the cat—the leopard. Emilio Pucci, famed for their psychedelic motifs, also looked to their archive, and transformed a summery yellow archive print into a full body number—right down to the fingers and footwear. A special mention goes to Dolce & Gabbana, who took logomania to the next level with their version of the catsuit.
For classically chic alternatives, Saint Laurent and Burberry have got you covered. A bastion of Parisian elegance, Saint Laurent’s black, off-shoulder style with scintillating cutouts was paired with gleaming gold accessories, while Burberry’s regal gold, armour-like version was styled with tailored pants.
Our top tip? Whether you’re going for an all-over print or pairing the catsuit with other pieces, wear the fashion statement with confidence.