G.V.G.V. has recently emerged as one of my favorite lines, with consistently classy and trendy pieces that I’d wear in a heartbeat. The 2012 spring show‘s ladylike shapes, clean lines, and subtle ’50s vibes were no exception, and Tokyo-based designer Mug has once again turned out an easily accessible and effortless collection. I was particularly taken with the Monstera leaf motif, and its pairing with off-white, buttery leather, and leopard-print was spot on; no pun intended!
However, since it’s a little too chilly to be thinking of lightweight fabrics (and Polynesian patterns are sparse), I’ve compiled some chic cosmetics and accessories with the same elegance, ease, and slight retro quality that will liven up any winter’s day. Though I’d rather bundle up and sip on hot chocolate at the moment, I can’t help but dream of tropical treats, floaty skirts, and perfect pastels to complement summer days and warm, starry nights.
I love the playful, all-American quality of these images. This segment of Free People’s “Through the Decades” lookbook touches on classic ’50s elements and shapes—patriotism, pin-up girls, full skirts—that are iconic. The ’50s are truly one of my favorite decades, not only for the fashion, but for the historical significance of a post-WWII era. With suburbia, consumerism, and military tension rampant throughout the US it was a fascinating time for society (from an observer’s point, that is… I’m sure if you ask some people who grew up in the ’50s they’d think that it wasn’t all that special).
Alex Prager’s photography weaves sensational story lines into single shots. From the costumes to the sets, “Week-End” has a distinct flavor of ’50s suburbia, ’70s insouciance, and everything in between. The themes serve as a common thread between the photos, in addition to all those nostalgic orange hues (even if there is a Honda Civic in the background). It conjures images of Hitchcock films, Charlie’s Angels, and lazy days by the pool where everything is in a haze.