The Fall collections closed with Marc Jacobs's show for Louis Vuitton in Paris last week. His provocative show based on fetish and "discipline" was the last of many Fall collections referencing bondage and domination. His show feature patent leather corsets, French maid outfits and diamond handcuffs. At Alexander McQueen, harnesses were worn over frothy silk tulle and organza confections.
Both on and off the runway, harnesses and slave bracelets were worn in broad daylight. Hermes's Collier de Chien--a luxurious rendition of slave manacles--is one of their top selling items where the black leather with gold hardware combination is the ultimate in elusive finds.
While this look isn't for everyone, it can be worn with minimal suggestion with the right combination of clothing and accessories. The amount of skin exposed will dictate the level of provocation and severity (and possibly unwanted looks). For example, harnesses can be worn over frothy dresses and bold t-shirts. While the look above is cool, it might not be for everyone. However, with a t-shirt worn underneath and the right accessories, the Alexander McQueen bustier looks very modern and edgy with a mere suggestion of provocation in the second picture. Or just a hint of subversion can be made with the Hermes Collier de Chien bracelet worn with a regular blazer, t-shirt and jeans.
How far you push the limits or not, it'll always be eye-catching and fun. Sometimes, less is more and sometimes, more is more. It's all up to you.