The 1950's Resplendant Return

 After recently gaining the opportunity to visit London's iconic Victoria and Albert museum, I became captivated with the revolving door that is the fashion industry. I spent Saturday afternoon feasting my eyes on the beautiful garments that were gracefully placed behind those teasing glass windows; although i fell in love with every detail of every last cloth, what actually diverted my attention, was the comparative nature of apparel.

Endless archaic versions of today's 'maxi-dress' sparkled through the glass; however, one in particular dress was a 1970's Ossie Clark creation. The chiffon material and floral detailing was seen repeatedly through 2010's summer collections; designers such as Roberto Cavalli and Alexander Mcqueen flaunted their personal take on the trend.

Ossie Clark Maxi-Dress 1970

Roberto Cavalli Chiffon Maxi-dress

Alexander McQueen Floral maxi-dress

Another similarity I came across, was the amount of leather clothing peppered across the V&;A, including this Versace, 1997, floor-length leather gown, with a gold cross detail. Controversially, the runways for Fall 2010 have announced leather as the new 'it' material this Autumn; i wonder where they got this idea?!

1997 Versace leather gown

Balmain Autumn/Winter - leather black mini-dress

And lastly, my absolute favourite outfit, dazzling through the window was the scrumptiously quirky floral trouser suit by Barbara Hulanicki, 1970. So it appears that this year's pastel flowered blazers have blossomed from the hippie craze of 70's British suiting, into 2010's sunny essentials.

Barbara Hulanicki floral suit

Subsequently, when it comes to the charming world of delicious fashion, the one thought that sprinkles through my mind each season is the foundation that generates each trend. When peering through the acres of clothing that twinkle around us, there is no doubt that each piece originated from a former era. From 1960's monochrome stripes to 1970s eccentric florals, designer's can't resist a pinch from the past; so with the Autumn/Winter season eagerly approaching, fall collections are screaming for the return of the 1950s!

Jean Shrimpton Iconic model, 1960
From calf length circle skirts, to that infamous poodle patterning, and of course the coiffed hair and vibrant red lips; with such an exciting variety from the glamorous era, how can we resist dipping our toes into the pool of poodle skirts! London catwalks have seen designers such as Lois Vuitton, Prada and Marc Jacobs supporting the trend. Also, not forgetting Dolce and Gabbana's glorious 50s style rouge lip, seen all over the runway injecting those seductive hues into the pupils of the audience.

Louis Vuitton Autumn/Winter 2010 - calf-length skirt

Louis Vuitton Autumn/Winter 2010

Dolce & Gabanna red lipstick

Consequently, I believe that this alluring comeback is sure to demolish our nostalgia for those glorious summer evenings. So maybe with the purchase of a poodle skirt, topped with a lick of lippy, we can transform ourselves into the Marilyn Monroe of the 21st century. So I say, September 2010? Bring it on!

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