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Designers Like Hermes, Gucci and House of Holland Skimp on Second Arms

 - Apr 9, 2009
References: style
One-shouldered dresses were all the rage in the pre-fall 2009 collections, but now skewed-sleeve fashion has been given another twist.

Henry Holland, one of the most quirky designers on the high fashion scene these days, unveiled a line of dresses with but one sleeve a piece!

"It’s a bit playful," Henry Holland said. "A strong shoulder on the other side balances it out."

The look was integrated into the Fashion Week collections of Akris, Givenchy, RM by Roland Mouret, Costume National, Kate Davies & Lauren McCalmont, Vivienne Westwood Red Label, Hérve Léger by Max Azria, Maison Martin Margiela, Jil Sander, Gucci, Hermès and Michael Kors, so perhaps it’s not so outlandish after all.

One could poke fun at these ensembles, and joke that the recession caused the designers to skimp out on fabric, but the ubiquity of the single-sleeve fashion look on recent runways hints toward the idea that this is more than a fad, and that one-armed fashion could soon invade wardrobes everywhere.

Credit-crunched fashionistas, hold onto your wallets: if recent seasons are any indicator, it won’t be long until until fast fashion chains like H&M start rolling this look on their racks.

Want to stand out from the crowd? Try pairing your naked arm with a single, elegant glove!