MOD­ERN CLAS­SICS

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Cinematic Style -

Velázquez ring in yel­low gold with amethyst, Car­rera y Car­rera

Arather strange thing hap­pened at the shows this sea­son. In­stead of shouty prints, a new eroge­nous zone de­clared, or the de­but of some bold, never-seen-be­fore sil­hou­ette, a large group of de­sign­ers de­cided to look to decades past for Au­tumn/Win­ter ’13 in­spi­ra­tion. No, not the usual ’80s power shoul­ders or ’70s hip­pie flares, but far­ther back. Un­ex­pected, yes, but we’ve seen and loved th­ese shapes be­fore (or at least our grand­moth­ers have); specif­i­cally the cinched-in waists of For­ties Hol­ly­wood star­lets, the flared sil­hou­ettes of the Fifties, and the rounded cou­ture shapes of Cristóbal Ba­len­ci­aga’s Six­ties.

There were mys­te­ri­ous Hitch­cock­ian hero­ines on the run­ways of Prada and Bot­tega Veneta, star­lets in gold lamé trailed fur stoles along the floor at Marc Ja­cobs, and co­coon opera coats in satin at Rochas while Raf Si­mons at Dior made the New Look new again.

Gor­geous as th­ese clothes may be, the co­nun­drum fac­ing most women was, how were they sup­posed to wear such pieces with­out look­ing like they stepped out of a pe­riod movie set, or worse, like some­one’s grand­mother? Yes, the swish of a full cir­cle skirt is grace­ful in­deed, but is it prac­ti­cal for a work­ing mother who does the school run and then rushes half­way across the city for a meet­ing with busi­ness part­ners?

The key thing to know is that this is a trend that’s eas­ier to digest in smaller doses, so break the look down to its in­di­vid­ual el­e­ments and in­cor­po­rate it into your ev­ery­day

THE STAR El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor

Gloves, Coach

Shoes, RM2,320, Miu Miu

A Place in the Sun

Wool coat, RM4,090, Em­po­rio Ar­mani

Neo­prene dress, RM3,290, Em­po­rio Ar­mani

Croc­o­dile bag, RM130,220, Prada

Tweed jacket, Chanel

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