At the AOL NewFront event in New York City on Tuesday, Nicole Richie showed off this Anthony Vaccarello dress with an eye-catching new hemline. This gold-studded black dress has very short sides and then drops into a triangle point on the front and back. Is this the new hemline we'll be seeing down the road for 2014?
A look back at the history of the hemline shows us that the length of the women's skirt or dress indicates the wealth, prosperity, and general wellbeing of the times. In the 1920s, we all know the well-known flapper dress with dropped waist. This time was all about freedom and social progression, creating a shocking above-the-knee length. Then the length of the hemline came crashing down with the Great Depression of the 30s. No more risk taking because of the lack of money and modest hemlines dropped to the floor. During the 1940s and 50s, caution took hold from the post-war mood but because of the advance in social restraint, the hemline rose slightly and the mid-length skirt became popular. With the rise of fiscal prosperity in the 1960s, and the era where teenagers took center stage, shorter hemlines came back pushing new boundaries. Then came the 1970s and the disco era. Floor-length maxi skirts became popular during this time of social and economic discontent with the onset of the Vietnam War, inflation, and the oil embargo. Next came the feminist movement of the 80s and a break from fashion dictating only one hemline length. Women's hemlines became an individual choice whether maxi, midi, mini, or anywhere in-between. This still holds true for the 2000s.
Last year the popular mullet-dress (hi-lo hem) was popping up all over the red carpet and fashion runways and we're not sure what this said about 2013 (because of the varied length) but we continue to see this popular trend in early 2014. We are eagerly waiting to see what the next hemline trend will be that takes its place later this year. Will it be this hemline caught on Nicole Richie? Time will tell.
What are your thoughts on this hemline? What do you think will become the hemline trend for 2014?