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Rihanna in Adam Selman, Kate Middleton in Roland Mouret, Anja Rubic in Anthony Vaccaro: Introducing The White Slit Dress

11 May 2012

Three's a trend! Are white thigh split dresses the trend of the moment? At the Met Ball on Monday night, model Anya Rubik got everyone talking/gossiping/tittering (delete as appropriate) about her pelvic-bone-revealing Anthony Vaccaro dress. The day after Kate Middleton wowed the crowds outside Claridge's for the Thirty Club’s annual dinner wearing a far-more-demure version — a ‘Lombard’ gown from Roland Mouret’s A/W 2009 collection.

Introducing The WSD (White Slit Dress) As Seen On Rihanna, Kate Middleton and Anja Rubic
Introducing The WSD (White Slit Dress) As Seen On Rihanna, Kate Middleton and Anja Rubic

But it was Rihanna who firmly cemented the trend when she turned up at last night’s LA premiere of her new film 'Battleship' in a stunningly sexy Adam Selman number with Manolo Blahnik shoes [above], an artful combo cunningly chosen to reveal glowing skin and miles of toned leg. You wouldn't believe that just days before the 24-year-old singer was in hospital being treated for dehydration and exhaustion. We. Feel. Old.

Rihanna in Adam Selman, Kate Middleton in Roland Mouret, Anja Rubic in Anthony Vaccaro: Introducing The White Slit Dress
Rihanna in Adam Selman, Kate Middleton in Roland Mouret, Anja Rubic in Anthony Vaccaro: Introducing The White Slit Dress

Rihanna in Adam Selman, Kate Middleton in Roland Mouret, Anja Rubic in Anthony Vaccaro: Introducing The White Slit Dress
Rihanna in Adam Selman, Kate Middleton in Roland Mouret, Anja Rubic in Anthony Vaccaro: Introducing The White Slit Dress

Rihanna in Adam Selman, Kate Middleton in Roland Mouret, Anja Rubic in Anthony Vaccaro: Introducing The White Slit Dress
Rihanna in Adam Selman, Kate Middleton in Roland Mouret, Anja Rubic in Anthony Vaccaro: Introducing The White Slit Dress

So how to work this season’s biggest evening trend and ensure your slit is sexy not slutty? Not to pile on the pressure but don’t forget that one false move could lead to Angelina Jolie level of ridicule (remember Leg-Gate at this year's Oscars?). For a princess-ey (read safe, dignified and classy) take on the WSD (White Slit Dress) make like K-Middy and balance your slit with plenty of cover up on top. Note the long sleeves and high neckline on her Mouret gown – keeping her look professional and appropriate.

Rihanna in Adam Selman, Kate Middleton in Roland Mouret, Anja Rubic in Anthony Vaccaro: Introducing The White Slit Dress
Rihanna in Adam Selman, Kate Middleton in Roland Mouret, Anja Rubic in Anthony Vaccaro: Introducing The White Slit Dress

Rihanna in Adam Selman, Kate Middleton in Roland Mouret, Anja Rubic in Anthony Vaccaro: Introducing The White Slit Dress
Rihanna in Adam Selman, Kate Middleton in Roland Mouret, Anja Rubic in Anthony Vaccaro: Introducing The White Slit Dress

Other babes who have rocked the WSD include Rosie Huntington Whiteley who wore a Burberry double WSD at last year’s Moet et Chandon Etoile Awards and Gwyneth Paltrow who wowed in an Emilio Pucci WSD way back in 2010. Both revealed inches of flesh but also took a leaf out of the Duchess’s book and kept their arms covered.

So if you are looking to ratchet up the sex appeal take tips from Rihanna, whose drapey jersey white number reveals leg, back and chest (think twice if you have a generous bosom). And unless you are looking to do a Liz-Hurley-THAT-DRESS moment, its prob best to leave the hip baring to Anja...



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