Clothing is over. "Naked" is the new "dressed." At least, that seems to be the message coming from the fashion world these days. Let's examine the evidence from New York Fashion Week, which just wrapped up its showing of the fall 2015 collections:

1. Kanye West put a bunch of models in flesh-colored bodysuits and called it fashion and people took him seriously. Very seriously
"Overall, I saw aesthetic similarities to other designers — especially the urban funk of Rick Owens, and the destroyed looks of the street brand NSF — but no synthesis or transcendence of these references," wrote very serious fashion critic, Cathy Horyn for NYmag.com

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Kanye's daughter, however, was not having any of it. 


Of course, it's also possible that little North was just upset because she knew that Kanye was ripping off Cosmopolitan.com without giving due credit. I called the nude bodysuit trend at the last New York Fashion Week.




2. Despite these being the fall/winter 2015 shows, there seemed to be more exposed skin on the runways at New York Fashion Week than ever before.
Everyone from newbie designers to established bigwigs got in on the action. 2. Despite these being the fall/winter 2015 shows, there seemed to be more exposed skin on the runways at New York Fashion Week than ever before.


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Idan Cohen, Donna Karan, Chromat

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Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, Diane Von Furstenberg

Now, I know what you're thinking, "How is any normal person supposed to wear something like that when it is freezing out?" But, of course, these clothes are not really created with the needs of "normal" people in mind. Rather, these clothes are for people don't need to dress warmly in winter because they're only exposed to the elements during the time it takes them to walk from their chauffeured cars to their doorman buildings. You see, nothing says "I'm rich" like bare skin in winter. It's the ultimate status symbol. 

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3. Even the editors and bloggers attending the shows were uncharacteristically naked.
The way many of them dressed, you'd think a polar vortex hadn't brought record-breaking, soul-crushing cold to NYC, which, of course it had. The wind alone was the stuff of nightmares.

Idan Cohen, Donna Karan, Chromat

Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, Diane Von Furstenberg

Now, I know what you're thinking, "How is any normal person supposed to wear something like that when it is freezing out?" But, of course, these clothes are not really created with the needs of "normal" people in mind. Rather, these clothes are for people don't need to dress warmly in winter because they're only exposed to the elements during the time it takes them to walk from their chauffeured cars to their doorman buildings. You see, nothing says "I'm rich" like bare skin in winter. It's the ultimate status symbol. 

3. Even the editors and bloggers attending the shows were uncharacteristically naked.
The way many of them dressed, you'd think a polar vortex hadn't brought record-breaking, soul-crushing cold to NYC, which, of course it had. The wind alone was the stuff of nightmares.


4. Back on the runways, it wasn't just the typical high-fashion waifs letting it all hang out.
There was male runway nudity, curvy runway nudity, and even handicapped runway nudity. Runway nudity for all!4. Back on the runways, it wasn't just the typical high-fashion waifs letting it all hang out.

There was male runway nudity, curvy runway nudity, and even handicapped runway nudity. Runway nudity for all!



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MT Costello, Epsion Atelier, FTL Moda

5. In fact, there was so much nudity on the runway that exposed bras and underwear actually started to look dowdy.
Remember when a sheer lace dress layered over a bra and a pair of high-waisted underwear was shocking?  Well those days are over. That's some straight-up granny shit now. 

Proenza Schouler, Vivienne Tam

6. No longer content to let breasts get all the attention, butts started getting in on the naked fun too.
Cheeky!

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Idan Cohen, Reem Acra

7. There was even a little trompe l'oeil nudity for people who are new to the whole naked trend. 
The perfect first step on the road to a more stylish, clothing-free life. 

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The Blonds, Degen

8. Celebs are turning nakedness on the red carpet into a competitive sport.
So it's really just a matter of time before the rest of the world follow suit. Birthday suit, that is. 

MT Costello, Epsion Atelier, FTL Moda

5. In fact, there was so much nudity on the runway that exposed bras and underwear actually started to look dowdy.
Remember when a sheer lace dress layered over a bra and a pair of high-waisted underwear was shocking?  Well those days are over. That's some straight-up granny shit now. 

Proenza Schouler, Vivienne Tam

6. No longer content to let breasts get all the attention, butts started getting in on the naked fun too.
Cheeky!

Idan Cohen, Reem Acra

7. There was even a little trompe l'oeil nudity for people who are new to the whole naked trend. 
The perfect first step on the road to a more stylish, clothing-free life. 

Written by Charles Maning

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