Designers have shrugged off recession gloom with dreams of a more affluent era: Fifties USA!!!
Think glossy leathers buffed to a Cadillac sheen – skirts got the wet-look treatment at Marc Jacobs and Proenza Schouler, while Valentino’s lipstick red coat conjured classic car glamour.
Prim plaids, from pastel checks to classic tablecloth ginghams, brought a prim and preppy air to Jil Sander and Rochas, while Prada’s muscle-car print is the motif to covet.
For those who can – a bare midriff will show off those cheerleaders abs. But bare in mind, a mere glimpse is enough.
Finally, the only accessory you need to complete your look is a pair of cat’s eye sunglasses for a perfect hit of retro Americana.
- Miuccia Prada provided the trend’s most covetable motif with Prada’s cartoon cars. Don’t be surprised if flame-backed heels and cadillac-adorned clutches race to the top of your new season wish list.
- Don’t balk at the idea of exposing your midriff. Waistbands are high this season, so the focus is on the skinniest part of the waist and no one said you had to bare all – a mere glimpse is enough.
- Cat’s-eye sunglasses in multiple shades and colours provide the perfect finishing touch – look to Bottega Veneta, Rochas and Nina Ricci.