Is the sheer catsuit the new party dress this season?

Harper's Bazaar Staff
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If jumpsuits and trouser suits have given the party dress a run for its money in recent seasons, then the catsuit is making a bid for its crown for autumn/winter 2018 - at least Rihanna, Gigi and Bella Hadid seem to think so.

Call it a reaction to the catsuit Serena Williams was banned from wearing at the US Open, but all three stars have recently all been seen wearing various incarnations of the style made famous by Catwoman. Bella Hadid, who is a long-standing fan of the catsuit having worn one to the 2017 Met Gala, was first to show her support, choosing a sheer Mugler version to last week's Harper's Bazaar US Icons Party in New York. The attention-grabbing style featured a bodice with a plunging neckline and nude briefs cut high.

"I've been waiting to wear it since Cannes," she told E! on the night. "I'm happy to finally put it on and wear it. But, I'm not going to say I can breathe. It's a bit tight."

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Last night saw both Rihanna and Gigi Hadid in very different catsuits. At her fundraising Diamond Ball in NY, Rihanna chose an Alexis Mabille Couture white lace style that featured that featured a giant ribbon. She accessorised with simple white stilettos and statement earrings.

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Meanwhile, over in Manhattan, Hadid attended the launch of her new jewellery collection, Messika By Gigi Hadid, in an sheer Gasanova catsuit-jumpsuit hybrid covered in jewels. The look called to mind the famous look Rihanna wore to the 2014 CFDAs, when she wore a sheer crystal-encrusted gown and turban by her friend, Adam Selman.

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Is the patronage of three stars enough to convince us all to ditch our party dresses for a catsuit? We'll have to hold our breath and see.

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