There was a very sexy party in New York City last night: Sports Illustrated celebrated its swimsuit edition, and the guest list was heavy on the bodacious babes, as you might expect. There were a lot of pretty dresses, but I was on the lookout for jaw-must-drop sexy.
The most gravity-defying number had to belong to Hannah Poole. There’s gotta be some sheer mesh fabric working in there to keep everything in place, but in a photo, it looks like both pieces of the bodice are magically twisting and curving to cover everything necessary.
Ashley Graham just made headlines as one of the mag’s first-ever plus-size models (come see the pictures!), and her party dress didn’t disappoint. You can totally steal real-life date-night inspo from it too: A corset is always sexy, but done as a dress? Whoa. The thick construction is built for molding and shaping, so it’s guaranteed as a more flattering fit than thin, flimsy fabric like jersey or silk.
Another option to play with re-creating is Erin Heatherton’s tuxedo-jacket-as-mini look. It was the Victoria’s Secret model’s first time appearing in the glossy, and she celebrated in this super-steamy menswear-inspired number. If you have any long blazers in your closet, see if they work sans bottom. If not, shop for a bigger size than normal to get some length and take it to the tailor for work on the shoulders.
Hannah Ferguson looked elegant but steamy in this sheer lace gown that, I know, is probably a little much for dinner and a movie. I love the peek of a bodysuit and it’s an intriguing underpinning to experiment with wearing under a slightly sheer dress. A long-sleeve lace blouse or dress is easy to pull off too and perfect for a still-chilly date night. You show some skin without really showing some skin. Brilliant.
You know who I’m bummed wasn’t at the party? Robin Lawley, the beauty who SI identified as the first plus-size model to be shot for the magazine. She’s gorgeous but caught some flak for not quite looking like what people expected.