As fashion shuts down for August in preparation for a bumper S/S 2011 season, so too does our Object Fetish series - for A/W 2010 at least. Dissecting and digesting creations from fashion's great and good over the past four months, our sixteenth(!) obscure object of desire comes from Marios Schwab, the thinking thinking woman's designer who this season looked back at his cultural heritage, his teenage Austrian schooling and the enduring trademarks he has established during his career to create this utterly contemporary reworking of the humble and often-dowdy dirndl. Sleek, simple, but above all incredibly sexy, it is a fitting underline for a season where designers overwhelmingly chose to realign themselves with what women wanted to wear - whether that be escapist baroque fantasia, curvaceous tailoring or no-fuss Minimalism. Think of this as the epitome of Schwab's much-fêted body con tailoring, the acme of the little black, and simultaneously a palette cleanser for the season to come. All in all, this dress managed to get me worked-up about fashion again - just in time for the next round of fashion weeks!