BEYONCE, Rita Ora and Little Mix singer Leigh-Anne Pinnock – any celeb worth her salt has been spotted recently in trendy Lycra printed with crescent moons.
The catsuit comes in beige, brown and navy blue and has been dressed up with stilettos by reality TV’s Kylie Jenner — who posed with daughter Stormi in matching onesie — or down with a sports bra by Dua Lipa.
It is the work of French designer Marine Serre and costs about £400 — and in the first weekend of last month online searches for the brand were up a staggering 426 per cent.
The crescent moon has long been known to represent femininity and fertility and is now being used as a symbol of female strength.
Adele paid homage to Beyonce, sharing a photo of herself in a crescent-moon top by Serre — alongside the caption: ‘Thank you Queen for always making us all feel so loved through your art.”
In the background was Beyonce wearing Serre’s catsuit in her Black Is King visual album.During this part of the video, Beyonce sings: “Be your own king. Make nobody come rule your world.”
This message of empowerment fits into the symbolic meaning of the crescent moon — emblem of life, birth cycles and femininity.
In Greek mythology, the goddess of childbirth, Artemis, wore a crescent crown, and Selene, goddess of the moon, had a crescent in her brow.
But does Serre’s catsuit have the power to make those who wear it feel like a goddess? Do you feel totally empowered in the skin-tight number? Or just a bit embarrassed? I slipped into the catsuit to find out.
If the likes of Queen Bey and Rita Ora believe in the power of the moon, I am willing to follow suit.
Let’s be honest though, when I peeled on this number, I realised it is more of a body stocking — the stretchy Lycra feels soft but hugs EVERY one of your humps and bumps. To my surprise, it did feel comforting being wrapped in it . . . like a much-needed cuddle on a bad day.
But while I would have happily worn it for a date with my sofa watching Netflix, wearing it out and about gave me a pang of anxiety.
The slightly sheer fabric definitely gave others an eyeful from behind and the second-skin fit means there really is no room to risk overindulging on your lunch.
And it’s no surprise that a walk to Tesco to pick up a sandwich provoked a sea of eyes monitoring my every step.
While I encouraged myself to be more Dua Lipa, and sang her hit lyrics Hotter Than Hell over and over in my mind, the reality was that I felt embarrassed and exposed — and like I had just rocked up to a party without being told the dress code.
When the driver of a passing van beeped the horn, it was the final nail in the coffin — I felt far from empowered.
Unfortunately, the moon symbol didn’t give me the wave of body confidence I needed to feel comfortable in this outfit.
Granted, if I was heading off on a night out with my pals around me, I would be strutting that pavement like it was a catwalk.
The catsuit emphasises female curves and assets, and who doesn’t want to show that off after a few glasses of wine? But it was Tuesday lunchtime!
I needed a boost, and thankfully a passer-by gave me that when I asked her whether she liked my outfit. “I love it,” she said. “You look amazing. I’d wear it too.” At least I had some girl power behind me.
While I felt semi-naked, maybe this catsuit does not need to be reserved for a night on the tiles. There are just a few practical issues to overcome — no pockets and a clear VPL, to name two.
But on the plus side, if you decide to change outfits, the thin material can fold up small enough to squeeze into your handbag.
And if having a back-up outfit in your clutch doesn’t make you feel you are winning at life, what will?
- In reality, most of us can’t splash out £400 on a crescent catsuit, can we Luckily, the high street is moving in on the moon action.
HIGH-STREET MOON ACTION
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