Saturday afternoon I was thumbing through the July Vogue, and came across this fashion editorial featuring Ewan McGregor and Natalia Vodianova. It’s truly one of the more stunning and visually engaging shoots I’ve seen from Vogue in quite a while.
My first thought was, “Belle de Ville is going to ADORE this!” only to discover that she was already on it.
My second thought was “YESSSS, kitten heels!” (It appears the rumors of their resurrection have not been exaggerated.)
My third thought was to remember how while watching the first season of Mad Men I’d predicted to le monsieur that the next major fashion shift would be a return to 50’s-to-early-60’s silhouettes . While it looks as though I may have been right, this likely was one of my stopped clock moments based on the cyclical nature of fashion rather than any kind true insight.
So before I let another opportunity for prognostication pass untapped, here’s what the tea leaves are telling me regarding the return of elements of 50’s-60’s style, aside from kitten heels, smaller structured bags, and longer, fuller skirts:
1. Bouffant hairstyles. More demure than the Full Amy Winehouse, but complete with backcombing and spray. Or else the voluminous tousled Brigitte Bardot sex-kitten look. We’ve already seen a bit of this on the runways and red carpets but I’m guessing it will take hold on a wider basis, and not just for evening. Bouffant hair styles might not be as stiff and helmetlike as in the past, but like clothing, will be more structured.
2. Simple pearl jewelry, including single strands, pearls stud earrings, and especially brooches, will see a resurgence.
3. Twinsets will suddenly have caché.
4. Stores featuring “Danish Modern” furniture will spring up like mushrooms in every strip mall with a vacancy. IKEA will be hip again.
5. Cars with tail fins will reappear on the scene and be ultimately wildly popular. They won’t be the behemoths of yesteryear, but I’m envisioning a hybrid or even an electric convertible with fins and a continental kit. (Please, please, please M/Mme Auto Designer!!!)
6. This one I’m absolutely certain of: coffee drinkers will rediscover The Percolator. I mean, look at the lines on this baby! Hipsters everywhere will laud the “dusky” (read: slightly burnt) taste of the resultant brew.
Later this week, how une femme might interpret and incorporate mid-century style.
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