The art of asymmetrics

New trends straight from New York: Do you have a good strapless bra in your lingerie draw?

Do you have a good strapless bra in your lingerie draw? We only ask because spring/summer ’09 looks set to be the season of all things asymmetrical.

Whereas the catwalk usually influences the red carpet, this week’s shows in New York illustrate a crop of designers who’ve clearly been studying their Us Weekly and People magazines intently, reflecting Hollywood’s current obsession with one-shouldered evening gowns all over the runways.

From Carolina Herrera and the pretender to her glamorous throne, Monique Lhullier, to Matthew Williamson and Halston, asymmetric necklines are everywhere.

The trend hasn’t just been reserved for dresses either, with Marc Jacobs employing it for the cute little satin playsuits which appeared yesterday during his Marc by Marc Jacobs collection (yes, sorry, that trend is as prevalent mid-fashion week as it was at the start) and Max Azria using it on laid-back luxurious satin tunic tops, too.

If you don’t love your shoulders, now’s the time to invest in a gym membership or, failing that, a good shrug – chances are you’re going to be called upon to show at least one of them off next year. You have been warned.

Report from Carla Bevan in New York

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