We can’t deny the influence of 50s era dressing in the last few seasons of fashion, with Jil Sander, Louis Vuitton and Prada all producing collections teeming with references to this tumultuous decade. However, this trend has also been one of the most difficult to wear, as it’s been challenging to bring it into our everyday wardrobes, without looking too contrived. Runways presented these 50s silhouettes styled in head-to-toe combinations as a satirical look at the optimistic nature of women’s fashion, even in times of economic and political strife. Now that the resort collections have made a turn towards more minimal fashion, we can juxtapose the vintage-inspired pieces we saw for spring with forward-looking ones from resort to create our own statement.
The looks presented here are some of my favourites yet. There is a nostalgia in the jacquard fabrics, pleated skirts and perfectly ladylike accessories, that inject a particular warmth into these styles, and when paired with minimal silhouettes like the pencil skirt, short-sleeved shell and refined bags, they are embraced in a look that is both reflective and progressive, a true marker of our generation’s sentiments.
Look I: 1. Pleated skirt, Theory, $190 2. Embellished top, Diane Von Furstenberg, $1395 3. Flora tapestry loafers, Church’s, $370 4. PS11, Proenza Schouler, $1675 5. Drop earrings, Kenneth Jay Lane, $200
Look II: 1. Embroidered silk pants, Diane Von Furstenberg, $385 2. Silk-blend top, Kain, $90 3. Suede and metal slingbacks, Yves Saint Laurent, $1095 4. Cat eye sunglasses, Stella McCartney, $225 5. Crystal bow bracelet, Miu Miu, $505
Look III: 1. Two-tone pencil skirt, Antonio Berardi, $1115 2. Embellished sweatshirt, Jil Sander, $440 3. Bow-detailed pump, Carven, $730 4. The Break-Up pouch, 3.1 Phillip Lim, $375