Carolina Herrera Shades Beyonce For Being So “Naked” On The Red Carpet

Some designers think “it’s so modern to be naked or almost naked. They think it’s going to attract younger people if they do those dresses. No!” Herrera says emphatically. “The almost naked! Oh God! They’re trying to get people to pay attention to them. In life, there should be a little mystery.” Herrera turns to the recent Costume Institute gala to make her point. Exhibits A through C: Beyoncé and her bedazzled mosquito netting; Jennifer Lopez in a red beaded gown that was all front and back and no sides; Kim Kardashian with a train of white feathers trailing from a derriere served up for admiration. “They’re supposed to be fashion icons and they’re not wearing anything,” Herrera says in a tone that is both exasperated and dismayed. “It’s an obsession now.”

In an interview with the Washington Post, designer Carolina Herrera scoffed at the body-baring looks celebs like Beyonce and Kim Kardashian have been wearing on the red carpet lately. At first this struck me as really slut-shamey and icky, but I think she really is just talking about the clothes (or lack thereof).

Preferring outfits that include more or less skin as a style choice or look (instead of, say, equating hem length with values) is a totally valid way to choose clothes, and Carolina’s own polished personal wardrobe happens to lean in a more cleavage-free direction. Jackie O and Grace Kelly were known for their style itself, not the fact that their style happened to involve covering up most of their lady bits.

That said, I still can’t help but feel a bit squicky about the way Herrera phrased this. Queen Bey can show off as much ass as she pleases, thank you very much. [Jezebel]