A vintage summer
T his season’s big trend is the Fifties Americana look, a fun ‘off-duty’ style that manages to retain elegance and femininity; think three-quarter length trousers and cropped jumpers, cinched waists and A-line skirts. Influenced by films such as The Help and My Week With Marilyn, the spring/summer 2012 catwalks were full of US-inspired nostalgia. Prada’s collection was a fiery tribute to the 1950s American car industry, while Karen Walker and Rochas gave a significant nod to the Mad Men- style housewife. Seek out Cadillac motifs and swing skirts, frivolous
prints and cat’s eye sunglasses. Here are the five best pieces to work with. 1
THE SHOE Flamboyant, unique and
eccentric, fantasy shoes are fast gaining momentum, and who other than Prada would
design a shoe based on the golden era of car design?
In this instance the 1959 Cadillac.
Dh4,675, Prada 2
THE SUNGLASSES The covetable round-frame ‘Leonard’, from New York’s Illesteva matches yellow with tortoiseshell acetate for instant retro appeal. Dh740, Illesteva at net-a-porter
THE SCARF The intricate pattern and sprinkle of polka dots gives this scarf gives a very whimiscial feel, and with its clean, simple lines it’s an instant
summer classic. Dh1,570, Hermès
THE CLUTCH Never underestimate the easy allure of the clutch. This is design at its best – a contemporary take on a modern classic. Dh15,610, Chanel
THE RING Bold is best when it comes to cocktail rings, which is why Kenneth Jay Lane’s 22-carat goldplated version, with oversized coral resin and crystal trim, gets our vote. Dh680, Kenneth Jay Lane at Bloomingdale’s