A vin­tage sum­mer

The National - News - Luxury - - THE STYLE LIST - By KATIE TROT­TER

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

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