Music star Olivia Rodrigo's minidresses are as common for her as her now iconic pose to pose in front of photographers (with her head cocked and the fingers of both hands linked). Nineties-inspired garments, but reduced to the minimum possible length to continue being considered dresses.
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Nominated for six Grammys in the next edition of the renowned music awards, the artist has already begun her promotional tour to make her career until the date in February. At the moment she is not doing badly: just this week she has been crowned one of the most stylish people of the year by The New York Times and her latest album, Guts, has been chosen as one of the best of 2023 by the Associated Press. On the cover of this LP? Olivia Rodrigo poses lying down in her favorite garment, another slip microdress. In this case, it is one of the models of Kim Kardashian's shapewear brand, Skims, and she wears it over a mauve satin bra from Araks.
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Olivia Rodrigo performing in Los Angeles on December 1, wearing a metallic Rabanne dress.Getty Images
The Guts World Tour for the spring of next year is what has Rodrigo busiest right now, but he makes time for numerous appearances. This week we saw her guest-starring on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Thursday and attending iHeart Radio's Jingle Ball on Friday.
On Jimmy Fallon's show last Thursday, she wore a nineties-inspired dress by ShuShu/Tong and shoes by Louboutin.Getty Images
For these last dates she has once again chosen her fetish garment, the lingerie minidress. Specifically, with Jimmy Fallon, a nineties-inspired black design, with blue flowers printed and transparencies on the neckline from the Shanghai-based firm ShuShu/Tong, which specialises in naïve cuts. A proposal from her spring-summer 2024 collection, which she combined with a blue headband and platform shoes and bracelet by Christian Louboutin (the Movida model). The next day, for her performance at the Jingle Ball in New York, the singer preferred not to resort to inspirations and directly rescued a garment from the nineties. A red Versace dress from the brand's fall-winter 1996 collection, which she washed down with Dr. Martens high boots with knee-high stockings.
Olivia Rodrigo last Friday night at Madison Square Garden in New York, upon her arrival at the 2023 Jingle Ball on iHeartRadio. She wears a Versace minidress and Dr. Martens boots.Getty Images
Similar to the bed-jumper, the lingerie-inspired dress has its origins more than a century ago, when Madeleine Vionnet proposed the bias cut that contoured the bodies of women dancing to the rhythm of the frenetic Roaring Twenties. A style recovered during the nineties both in its most grunge version (with Courtney Love as a great ambassador) and in its minimalist meaning (Calvin Klein). Then the design was trimmed, bias or not, and covered in lace to look like it was taken directly from the underwear drawer, like those popularized on the big screen by characters such as Elvira Hancock from Scarface (Michelle Pfeiffer) or, on the red carpet, pop emblems of those years such as Winona Ryder, Drew Barrymore or Sarah Jessica Parker.
Winona Ryder at the 1989 Oscars, Christy Turlington posing in a design from Calvin Klein Collection resort 1992 and Drew Barrymore at a Los Angeles premiere in 1995. All three could easily be on Olivia Rodrigo's inspiration panel.Getty Images
Going back to Rodrigo, the former Disney actress has worked for years with stylist sisters Chloe and Chenelle Delgadillo, who also often collaborate with Rosalía. They were in charge of the Chanel suit jacket with which she visited the White House during the pandemic to star in a campaign in favor of vaccination in the United States. "We remember it as an iconic moment," the stylists said later. A viral moment for the creator of Drivers License, the anthem of quarantine. In recent months, however, the creator of Good 4 U has put herself in the hands of Danielle Goldberg, in charge of styling other 'best dressed' of the moment such as Greta Lee or Kaia Gerber.
The lingerie inspiration also works for her in midi length: on the left, by Saint Laurent and, on the right, by Givenchy, two alternatives to the classic slip dress cut on the bias. Getty Images
Olivia Rodrigo has a very particular style of her own, one that also influences thousands of people around the world. Especially in her fellow centenials of the generation who closely follow her every appearance and choice. Her style is a sum of nineties influences and vintage garments from those years, all passed through the at least apparent filter of simplicity and, increasingly, through that of sexy, understood in the most traditional way.
Microdresses that play with transparencies: from left, Olivia Rodrigo in a Calvin Luo design, in metallic mesh and Mirror Palais.Getty Images
"That's my diary," she told Jimmy Fallon on Thursday about Guts, "but I've had a completely different experience as a songwriter with this," she added of "Can't Catch Me Now," the theme song for the movie The Hunger Games: Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Another of his recent milestones. Time magazine's 2021 Person of the Year and Billboard's 2022 Artist. Olivia Rodrigo closes this 2023 in style, promising many headlines for next year 2024. She is probably waiting for them dressed in her favorite pattern.