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Trend Watch: Sea Slug Chic

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As the world’s foremost runway reviewer, it’s my job to notice trends bubbling up during the fashion shows before they spill over into the mainstream.  This season’s most unexpected fad definitely has to be the influence of the sea slug on the runways of Paris and Milan.

The humble nudibranch is a lovely little creature.  More colorful than common garden slug (and considerably less-slimy due to its aquatic habitat), the sea slug is a favorite subject of nature photographers.  Using its ruffled “foot” to move through the water by contracting and relaxing the muscles along its side, the elegant gastropod in the photo above is known as the “Spanish Dancer.”

Nudibranchs also have bilateral symmetry, which means that the sea slug has ruffles down the left side of its body that are identical to the ruffles down the right side of its body — much like many of the dresses that have alerted me to this new trend.  Check out this look at Gucci, for instance:


Even the color scheme is similar.  But sea slugs come in a variety of shades, including simple black and white.  I believe that it was one of these creatures that inspired Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy:


Still, I wasn’t sure if this trend had legs . . . or . . . umm . . . slimy, muscular feet until I saw the final look at Chloé . . .


. . . where it became abundantly clear that any fashionista worth her weight in McQueen “Armadillo” shoes will be looking to these fabulous denizens of the deep for inspiration the Spring/Summer 2013 season.

Mark my words, people: sea slug chic is here!


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October 2, 2012 at 5:23 pm

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  1. Triple love it!!Please check my Nudibranch Hat Collection. Thank you-

    Norma Núñez

    November 6, 2012 at 4:16 pm

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