The fashion world talk about making women look strong, but it's time they practise what they preach

The fashion world talk about making women look strong, but it's time they practise what they preach

Flesh flashing and bare skin might be over, but breasts haven’t been forgotten at Stella McCartney AW17. 
Flesh flashing and bare skin might be passé, but breasts haven’t been forgotten at Stella McCartney AW17.  CREDIT: ISIDORE MONTAG

 It’s been a busy time for women this past fashion month. We’ve had to ponder not just whether it’s OK for Emma Watson to be a feminist and kind-of-but-not-really bare her breasts in Vanity Fair, but whither the future of humanity after Nicki Minaj turned up to the Haider Ackermann show in Paris with a fully bare one breast and kind-of-but-not-really bare nipple. 

The consensus seems to be that Watson’s gesture just about slips under the wire, on the grounds that the not-quite-all baring cape was by Maison Valentino and accessorised with a darling little ruff (far more daring than the actual nudity issue), but that Minaj’s is an epic fail because boobs are just so two years ago. 

That’s right. Fashion has been covering up faster than a shoreline at high tide. Polo necks, shin sweeping skirts, tights, boots, capes, opera gloves – it’s all going on and on. The bosom wasn’t completely banished...