The Weekend Australian - Magazine - - Fashion -

n a case of col­lid­ing zeit­geists, the prairie trend builds on Amer­i­cana and Vic­to­ri­ana. At Septem­ber’s New York Fash­ion Week, Bath­sheva gained at­ten­tion for its puffed sleeve, frilled hem prairie dresses with just enough moder­nity to pull up short of Amish. Cot­ton is key; de­tails can in­clude ruf­fles, yoke neck­lines, smock­ing and broderie anglaise; print-wise think ging­ham, checks, folk-art and faint flo­rals. If dresses are too Laura In­galls Wilder, a blouse is eas­ier to mod­ernise with jeans and train­ers. Zara has one in blue check (zara. com); Is­abel Marant Etoile, Gucci and Chloé tick the box; and Hor­ror Vacui does prairie in spades (pic­tured, $660, match­es­fash­ion.com).

Damn straight: the bomb. Gucci sun­glasses, $442, net-a-porter.com

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