The autumn/winter catwalks saw a fresh, more cinematic interpretation of the 40s trend - think Hitchcock blonde meets masculine tailoring.
Reminiscent of Dior's famous New Look shapes of the late 40s, the feminine silhouette is of key importance this season. To make the trend work for your body, keep it simple and focus on the waist. A full skirt or pencil skirt falling just below the knee can be paired with a fitted sweater or cardigan, then belted at the waist. A simple pale silk blouse tucked into a pencil skirt hits all the right notes for a working day or a chic dinner. A monochrome palette, as shown by Dior and Lanvin, makes this look even more wearable, but if you're feeling more daring mix in interesting textures such as tweed and wool for a new season update.
ON THE CATWALK
Inspiration from the past doesn’t mean old fashioned. As seen on the autumn/winter catwalks at Louis Vuitton and Prada, the key is to take the elegance of 1940s shapes and give it a modern attitude.
Think texture, elegant layers and accessories, all with a traditional twist steeped in British heritage
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