This season fashion is boldly revisiting the grown up chic of the 1950’s. Louis Vuitton’s Autumn Winter campaign, shot by the legendary Steven Meisel captures the spirit of the era perfectly. Three of the greats; Christy Turlington, Natalia Vodianova and Karen Elson, spanning three decades in ages and each sporting their own unique look, fill the pages with this seasons hottest looks – lush fifties prom dresses, structured bodices and full swishy skirts. Never has the notoriously difficult mid calf length skirt looked so appealing.
From these barrage of 50’s inspired looks, with a slew of designers also following suit, the fashion police have spoken and the hourglass figure is the look du jour. Yet whilst a cinched waist, heaving bosom
and curvy hips might appear more achievable than last seasons unforgiving body con trend you can’t simply sling on your old smalls and hope for the best. For what lies underneath is crucial to nailing the look.
The good news is that lingerie designers love this retro 1950’s inspired look and none more so than the eponymous French designer, Fifi Chachnil. We won’t bore you with too many superlatives, we’ll save that till our launch in September, but she creates some truly spectacular pieces, perfectly suited to this pin up look. One of her classic ranges, A Fleur De Peau, comes in a perfect nude/rose hue. The Sapristi bra is undetectable under light garments. Yet its strongest selling point is affording its wearer that perfect breast shape; full, uplifted whilst not looking vulgar. The matching full brief further embodies the 50’s feel.
For those paying more than just lip service and who need a little extra help in creating those killer curves a sturdier undergarment might be just the ticket. The corset is your best choice, a way to miraculously shave off the pounds without resorting to a hideous diet. We like Ender Leger, the corsetiere whose luxurious fabrics combined with advanced design techniques still manage to be both contemporary and wearable.
Shape wear shouldn’t be ruled out either. But unlike the body con trend you aren’t trying to flatten your curves. The popular cycling short/tummy control contraption touted as being the answer to slim thighs should be approached with utmost caution as it can have the unwelcome effect of flattening a perfectly lovely bottom. Instead, throw caution to the wind, delight in your Rubensque thighs and opt for something with a hint of tummy control. Cosabella do a fantastic shapewear line made entirely out of bamboo, a breathable
fabric which feels luxurious against the skin.
So there you have it the fifties silhouette wrapped up, lord knows what fashion will throw at us next season?