Carolina Herrera Is Baffled by the “Almost Naked” Dresses Worn by Kim Kardashian, Beyonce, More Celebrities

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Carolina Herrera said in a recent interview that she's baffled by the "almost naked" dresses worn by celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Beyonce, and more: "They're supposed to be fashion icons and they're not wearing anything." Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

She finds the nearly nude sort-of rude! Designer Carolina Herrera, best known for her beautiful silhouettes and classic white shirts, ripped the "almost naked" look worn by so many celebrities, including Kim Kardashian, Beyonce, and Jennifer Lopez, recently at red carpet events.

Herrera, 76, spoke to the Washington Post about how some of her fellow designers believe "it's so modern to be naked or almost naked" when, in fact, it's counterproductive.

"They think it's going to attract younger people if they do those dresses," she reasoned. "No! The almost naked! Oh God!"

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Beyonce attends the "China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala on May 4, 2015 in New York City Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Several mega celebrities shocked on the red carpet of the 2015 Met Gala last month, when they took to the classy annual ball in body-baring gowns that strategically covered their breasts and booties. The trend continued at subsequent star-studded engagements including the 2015 Billboard Music Awards.

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Kim Kardashian attends the "China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala on May 4, 2015 in New York City Larry Busacca/Getty Images
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Jennifer Lopez attends the "China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala on May 4, 2015 in New York City Taylor Hill/FilmMagic

According to Herrera, stars are doing it for publicity. "They’re trying to get people to pay attention to them," she reasoned. "In life, there should be a little mystery."

Herrera said these stars were not setting an example. "They’re supposed to be fashion icons and they’re not wearing anything," she told the paper with an "exasperated and dismayed" tone. "It’s an obsession now."

The designer noted that she's an advocate of strategically showing skin — including a plunging neckline that's precisely structured. "If it’s open so much, they look like fried eggs," she noted. "Fashion is about proportion… For me, fashion is about originality, sophistication and beauty. I’m not in the fashion business; I’m in the beauty business."

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