During all my years of childhood, there were few VHS tapes that got more playtime than my copy ofÂ The Little Mermaid. As a young tot (and an adult, TBH) I was utterly fascinated and intrigued by the aesthetic of a life below the seaâ€”the colors, shiny mermaid tale vibes, big musical numbers by fish friends. And Elsa Hoskâ€™s NYFW amfAR Gala outfit was the perfect example of how to bring those dreamy aesthetics into real life (without looking like youâ€™re just a gal who used to be obsessed with Ariel fromÂ The Little Mermaid). Achieving an ideal mermaid vibe is difficult, but Elsa Hosk has managed to do itÂ perfectly. Are we even surprised?
While attending the annual amfAR Galaâ€”which supports AIDS researchâ€”Elsa Hosk donned the most gorgeous metallic Rick Owens dress. Rick Owens, in case youâ€™re not familiar with the designer, is known for his wild runways. If youâ€™ve ever seen aliens model during a fashion week, it was probably while wearing Rick Owensâ€™ designs. His looks are always edgy and cool, so it comes as no surprise that this metallic and mermaid-y dream of a dress is a Rick Owens piece.
Plus, the metallic gown hasÂ pockets, which is more than I can say for the majority of dresses in my closet right now. I think Ariel would totally approve of this dressâ€”and maybe evenÂ wear it if she was in her human form in 2020. Elsa Hosk rocking the dress, though, is good enough for me. A modern day mermaid, if you will.
Of course, you could also say that this Rick Owens gown has more alien vibes than it does mermaid ones, and I would respect the opinion. On a Rick Owens runway, the dress probablyÂ did look much more extra-terrestrial. At the end of the day, itâ€™s all up to interpretation. And isnâ€™t that was fashion is these days, anyway?