June 29, 2021
Melinda Head

Defying Gravity with Ultra Low-Rise Jeans – A New Fashion Trend (Again)

There’s something about low-rise pants that makes everyone look, even if they pretend they don’t want to. In my books, low-rise fashion is eye candy at its best

The master of low-rise was, without question, fashion designer Alexander McQueen – though his focus was the bottom of the spine more so than the navel.  McQueen’s “bumster” pants, revealed in his very first fashion show (“Taxi Driver”) in 1993, were a springboard for extreme waist-dropping, which stretched the imagination beyond that which had ever been seen before.

“It wasn’t about showing the bum … I wanted to elongate the body, not just the bum. To me, that part of the body — not so much the buttocks, but the bottom of the spine — that’s the most erotic part of anyone’s body, man or woman.”  (Alexander McQueen)

McQueen has been described as twisted, controversial and years ahead of his time. There is a wonderful book about him that is serious coffee table material, as well as a great documentary film about McQueen. Head designer for Givenchy before forming a partnership with Gucci, McQueen committed suicide in 2010 at the age of 40; the fashion world is a lesser place without him.

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty by Andrew Bolton (2011)

Prior to McQueen, low-rise pants were a large part of the counter culture movement of the 1960’s, worn by musicians Jim Morrison, Robert Plant, Iggy Pop and many others. They were low, they were tight and, in some cases, they left nothing to the imagination. At the time, belts and belt-like scarves were the accessory, not tattoos or navel jewelry – that came later, largely influenced by Indian culture.

Led Zeppelin’s front man, Robert Plant. I’m guessing that he wore his jeans “commando”

Jim Morrison of The Doors wore iconic low-cut leather pants that shot him into sex god status. After provocatively putting his hand into his pants on stage, he was convicted on charges of profanity and indecent exposure, fined $500 and sentenced to 6 months in jail, which he never served. He was appealing the conviction when he died in Paris in 1971 at the age of 27

Iggy Pop, an original punk rocker, is still performing at age 74. The man loves his body so much that it was even on live display at the Brooklyn Museum. His low-rise attire is inextricably linked with his unique on stage persona. His real name is James Newell Osterberg – Iggy is a derivative of his high school band, The Iguanas.

Low-rise pants with exposed briefs became a big thing among skaters, R&B and hip hop artists, shooting sales of Calvin Klein underwear to the moon (while also creating Justin Bieber heart-throb moments) and, finally, thongs and g-strings (aka whale tails) were added to the mix.

“I wish I had invented blue jeans. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity – all I hope for in my clothes.” (Yves St. Laurent)

“Wearing low-rise jeans I really felt like a totally bad bitch.”

Fast forward to today, low-rise pants are “in”, but this time with more comfort thanks to lycra and, in some cases, complementary attire that is worn underneath to conceal certain unmentionable body parts. Feast your eyes on these low-rise beauties. Are you ready to wear pants with a 1” zipper or will you be just a looker?

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A serial entrepreneur, Melinda is a sociologist and statistician who believes there is no currency with greater value than knowledge

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