10.17.2013

Is 50 Shades of Grey Inspiring Bondage Fashion?

nless you've been living under a rock since the erotic romance novel's release in 2011, you've heard quite a bit of chatter surrounding it and its upcoming film in the works. Whether it be from pop culture, the latest developments in technology, or even politics, fashion trend inspirations come from a melting pot of places and cultures. So the question is- has our fascination with 50 Shades of Grey sparked a bondage fashion trend? Looking at BCBGMAXAZRIA's latest collection, it would appear so! Pieces like their Bondi Satin Harness Clutch are making bondage edgy and seemingly appropriate. But have they gone too far, or is it just that touch of sexy every woman secretly desires? I was passing by the store the other day in the mall and stopped to snap a quick pic of one of the mannequins in the display window (as depicted below). I had to do a double take of what she had on. She was sporting what was clearly a bondage inspired harness casually over her sweater, which most passerbys might overlook due to it being somewhat camouflaged with a cool pair of shades, layered necklace and shoulder bag. A bit surprised at first, I couldn't help but wonder if the highly anticipated film had something to do with the look she was sporting.
It's interesting that the store's latest additions for fall haven't raised many eyebrows, but they've certainly caught my attention. It got me thinking; is this whole 50 Shades craze incidentally contributing to the over-sexualization of women or maybe it's simply modern day self-expression that needs no scrutiny?   

One thing is for sure, it's clear times have changed. Just ten years ago this wouldn't have flown. (Along with all of Miley Cyrus' shenanigans as of late, but that's a whole other can of worms I won't get into.) At 21, I wouldn't consider myself exceptionally conservative or anywhere near prude status. While the accessories themselves don't appear vulgar, it is more about the implication of the items that makes them so controversial. All this being said, I wasn't turned off enough not to go inside and I'll admit I actually really love the current merchandise as a whole. 
It's not the first time we've seen bondage inspired fashion. Take a look back at McQueen's F/W 2011 collection (ironically debuting the same year 50 Shades was released). As an avid McQueen fan I must say, I don't mind this collection and think it was tastefully executed. But as a ready-to-wear brand, BCBGMAXAZRIA is making this trend more accessible to the masses whether you like it or not. We can't hate on it too much, right? After all leather is 'in' this season.

So, what do YOU think? Leave your comments below.