Vintage-inspired fashion is tipped to lead the trends in the up-coming SS11 season and here at Lady JoJo’s we are so excited at the diversity. Fashions from the 1950s, 1960s and even the recently revived fashions of the 1970s are going to be parading around the British Isles this year. Striking silhouettes are going to be key and there is certainly a gorgeous array of shapes to chose from. In my first blog posts, I want to delve into each decade and look at how 2011 plans to re-vamp vintage.
From the 1950s inspired fashions, it is all about lowering your hemline this year. Billowing full, or circle, skirts are the name of the game with key fabrics being light, such as chiffon and cotton, to ensure you get the full effect from this length.
The pin-up style is going to be continuing in popularity this year. Christian Dior’s Spring collection focuses on the nautical and tiki themes from the 1950s. His models are strongly based on the iconic Bettie Page look which is all about heavy fringes and dark red lips. The image is flirty and feminine whilst strong and striking, these women are not passive wallflowers based on 1950s housewives. They ooze independence and control over their sexuality.
Christian Dior Spring 2011
My personal favourite though is the wonderful ready-to-wear collection from Austrian designer, Lena Hoschek. There are far too many highlights to chose from as I would more than happily wear every piece but here are a few killer looks.
Lena Hoschek Ready-to-Wear SS11
Lena’s collection is an absolute dream come true for every woman who is a fan of the 1950s. Her catwalk juxtaposes very girly looks featuring pastels and gingham with fetish aspects such as latex and spikes. As a student of Vivienne Westwood and only in her 20s, Lena is definitely one to keep an on.
The other huge influence from the 1950s is Cat Eye sunglasses. These featured on such a range of catwalks that they are certainly one of the top accessories of the season. Giles Deacon used them casually to accompany many different types of styles in his eclectic collection.
Giles Deacon Spring 2011
My favourite use however is definitely Jeremy Scott’s combination with the iconic 1950s headscarf to accessorise this two-piece black leather outfit. Whereas Giles Deacon had a range of daytime colours, Jeremy Scott opted for strong black Cat Eye sunglasses which I think looks amazing, especially with his consistent styling of tight curls and red lips.
Jeremy Scott Spring 2011
1950s fashion is going nowhere this year! In fact it just seems to be getting more exciting and experimental by mixing up this stereotypical ‘girly’ look with darker tones. Next stop will be the 1960s…