Last week, Jennifer Aniston appeared on the latest cover of the American edition of Curls magazine. In the picture, the 53-year-old actress appears dressed only in black pies. This piece of clothing that has been the talk of the town for the past few days has been dubbed “Nipplekini”. And it causes a stir. Interestingly, the design isn’t a new fashion statement, but rather a vintage piece from a 1996 Chanel collection.
This tiny, nipple-covering bikini was popular more than 25 years ago, when models like Eva Herzigova and Carla Bruni wore it on the runway. Amidst the logo madness, Chanel triumphed with the simple design, adorned with the French house’s signature monogram, which consists of two interlocking “cs.” After the appearance of Jennifer Aniston, the price of this vintage garment is likely to skyrocket on second-hand luxury fashion platforms. The tiny bikini, designed by Karl Lagerfeld, has already fetched $18,000 on ShopperBoard.
In the 1990s, fashion began to think about new, creative designs for women’s breasts. Alongside Channel, designers like Jean Paul Gaultier also toyed with designs that strategically cover women’s nipples, like the star-shaped nipple covers Eva Herzigova wore to a 1992 Gaultier fashion show.
More than 30 years later, in 2022, it’s fashion still obsessed with female breasts. Elsa Schiaparelli’s designs, for example, have caught on both on and off the catwalk.
Italian influencer Chiara Ferragni surprised her followers by wearing a sheer black Schiaparelli top with imposing golden pasties. Bella Hadid also left audiences speechless as she walked the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival in a nipple-covering breastplate in the shape of a large golden coral, also by Schiaparelli. No matter how much time passes, nipple covers retain their meaningfulness.