One of the more prevailing fashion trends for Spring 09 involves combining nostalgia with a modern twist. This mismash of styles has evolved into a type of eccentric dressing up with classic styles married to quirky colors and clashing prints.
The style has a Jackie-O meets Phyllis Diller, but with more classy "O" touches and less "Ditzy Dill" appeal.
It is both fun and irreverant, while also evoking a sense of the classic lady who would lunch and meet the girls for tea or breakfast at Tiffany's.
The overall fashion is a bit of a throwback to a time that involved niceties and a more personal touch, such as Sunday visits to the in-laws or writing (by hand) letters to long-lost friends. The prim and proper with a dash of whimsy trend is recreated with the use of boxy silhouettes, pencil or A-line skirts, Chanel-inspired box jackets, pretty florals, and sherbert pastels.
The Spring 09 Moschino runway show perfectly recaptured this trend with models walking down the runway styled in large, eccentric bouffants, wearing big frame black sunglasses, and sporting enormous bows at their necks.
As well as giant bows, the collection was also punctuated with full ruffles and roses with dominant colors in black, white, a dusky violet and teal. On paper, it all sounds very girly and sweet, but the pictures tell another story...one that involves a sweet girl who has gone more than a little madcap, think Betty Davis in "Whatever Happened To Baby Jane" and then you will begin to recognize the story behind the Moschino Spring 09 collection.
Looking to recapture the glory days of being a lady, be "That Girl," or just have a little fun dressing up to meet your friends for Saturday brunch, then here are a few vintage options to start with:
1980s vintage|nasty gal
1960s vintage|woodland farms vintage
1980s vintage|vagabond nyc