I was mistaken for a stripper and a stranger took a sneaky photo of my bum when I wore the Cannes ‘naked’ dress
WHEN Vietnamese model Ngoc Trinh wore a see-through dress to Cannes earlier this year, government officials thought it was so sexy it should be illegal.
In fact, the model is set to be investigated under public decency laws after the “naked” dress was dubbed “improper and offensive”.
The g-string, backless gown leaves very little to the imagination, with the model’s modesty covered by just a little well-placed beading and a sheer train.
Even in one of the most glamorous settings in the world – on the Cannes red carpet – the floor-length dress was a head-turner.
So what would happen if we commissioned a stylist to make a replica of the dress, before asking a model to take to the streets of London in the naked look?
Could she pull it off? Or would it be way too much for the British public?
Ngoc Trinh wore the see-through dress to Cannes earlier this year[/caption]
Here, Fabulous Digital headed out with brave model Jade Lewis, 25, from Essex, to try out the daring style…
When I found out I would be wearing a naked dress around London – in the middle of the day – I was a little apprehensive. But how naked could it really be?
Well, after saying goodbye to my underwear in the dressing room and literally being sewn into the dress by its creator, fashion stylist Debi Simpson, I soon learn my answer – as it turns out, naked really does mean naked.
The glam dress is more suited to the red carpet[/caption]
With my modesty covered by a tiny piece of fabric and beading, the g-string style means my bum is fully on show to the public.
First stop is a bar on the corner – it’s only 11am, but I’m going to need a drink for this one.
Sadly my Prosecco break is short-lived – it isn’t long before I’m interrupted, with tourists asking for selfies.
The g-string style means my bum is fully on show to the public
For some reason, one man thinks I’m a Kardashian – I’ll take that!
While another guy, tourist Tom from Germany, asks for a photo.
He seems baffled when we ask him about the dress – explaining he “doesn’t know much about fashion” – but he hopes he’ll make it onto “the British Sun front page” anyway.
Half an hour in and I’m getting a LOT of attention – you’d have to be pretty confident to wear this out and about in the daytime. It’s not exactly a day dress.
I’ve never worn anything like this, ever and I feel quite exposed.
It’s most definitely a fanciest-party-you’ve-ever-been-to outfit – and not for the faint-hearted.
To be honest, I like it and I would wear it for an event – but only if there was more material so my nipples are a little more covered.
It could also do with being a little bit shorter – at the moment I’m having to hold it up to keep from tripping.
London by day? Not for me, but on the red carpet? Hell yeah.
Who is Ngoc Trinh?
- Ngoc Trinh is a Vietnamese fashion model and designer.
- She hit the headlines earlier this month after appearing at the Cannes 2019 red carpet screening of “A Hidden Life” wearing an “outrageously skimpy” dress.
- She arrived at the Palais du Festival in a sheer lace bodice gown which featured beaded detailing and exposed her nipples.
- The g-string bodice featured a sheer beaded train at the front and the back which barely covered her bottom.
- Nguyen Ngoc Thien, the country’s Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, raged: “Her outfit was improper, offensive and has caused public outrage.”
- He ordered officials to investigate her under public decency laws – that could land her with a heavy fine.
Selfies done and I’m off again, this time to brave busy London Bridge.
On my way I’m stopped again – this time by 56-year-old Liz and her daughter, 19-year-old Lily who give me a huge confidence boost.
“I think it’s absolutely gorgeous, amazing,” Liz tells me.
“You just look gorgeous. I’m not sure about the boobs, I wouldn’t want you showing your boobs on the red carpet.
“You don’t need to, it’s a classy enough look. Just a bit more mesh across the boob area, but apart from that, gorgeous.
“Oh and a bit of bling to pick up the beading.”
It’s almost lunchtime and London Bridge is starting to pick up.
People look pretty shocked as they tuck into their Pret sandwiches – a view of the Tower of London on one side – and my half naked bottom on the other.
One man takes the plunge and actually poses behind me for a selfie with my bum.
Another tells me he once converted his living room into a strip club – before being evicted – and explains the dress “would have been perfect for it”.
One man poses behind me for a selfie with my bum
Despite a handful of sleazy comments – and a group of men who stood blatantly taking photographs – in general I’m getting a positive reaction.
One man says he’d wear it himself on a Friday night while another says “women should be able to wear whatever they want”.
Some passers by were confused, while others asked for snaps[/caption]
Minutes later, a lovely lady named Julia approaches me and can’t stop gushing about my new daring look.
I ask her what she thinks and she’s all for it – AND she even approves of it as daytime attire.
“Yeah you should wear it! Perhaps not on a cold day,” Julia explains.
“Why not! Maybe there should be an age limit but I’m all for it!
“Perhaps not for an office job but to sell clothes, why not, you look beautiful!
“I’m not against it, one should enjoy oneself!”
Liz and Lily loved the daring look[/caption]
With the crowds starting to grow, two men in their fifties walk by.
Most of the men who have taken pictures have been in their twenties and thirties, so we’re keen to know whether an older crowd approve of the controversial look.
I would wear it for an event – but only if there was more material
To our surprise, 55-year-old Rob isn’t phased – in fact, he doesn’t even think it’s too revealing.
“It’s a fantastic dress but you’d have to have the confidence of youth and a fantastic figure to be able to wear it,” says Rob.
“It’s not the sort of thing you’d want to squeeze a 50-year-old woman’s figure into – unless you spend loads of time in the gym.
“But if you’re young and you’re confident then fantastic.
“If you were going to the beach you’d wear something like that or less, if you’re going out in the evening, it’s not too revealing.”
As the rain poured, Jade decided it was time to hang up the daring style[/caption]
As the rain begins to pour, it’s time to hang up my naked dress and get myself back in some normal clothes.
On the way to the studio, I hear one woman on the phone: “I’m just walking through London and a model has her t**ts out!”
Yes, it’s most definitely time to hang up the gown – maybe I’ll see it again some day, but if that day ever comes, it’ll be on a red carpet, not the streets of London!
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