Marchesa by Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig almost always has a retro appeal, thanks in large part to sumptuous fabric choices coupled with lovely vintage style accoutrements such as toile, lace overlays, feathers and gobs of beading done by hand. You can bet anything from the Marchesa label is fit for a princess. The fall and winter 2013 looks featured quite a bit of sheer fabric with floral pattern beading that created a pseudo lace effect very apropos of formal wear from the 1910-1960s. For old Hollywood glamour, consider the resort line. It offers some stunning draping along with shimmery beading and rhinestone embellishments that will make any girl feel like a sultry star.
The Juicy Couture label founded by Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor also has a number of cute vintage looks that have a very youthful feel this season. The cuts for some dresses featured are classic 1920’s flapper-esque with dropped or cinched waistlines, silky fabrics and stripes. Others offer bright geometric patterns, pleats and short hemlines that are very mod in style. It’s perfect for younger vintage fans who still want to look fresh and not dowdy while donning their vintage-inspired looks.
The Chanel label, though no longer designed by Coco Chanel, its namesake, still creates garments that are timeless classics with a vintage flavour Suits, one of the most iconic Chanel creations, is still a good choice for ladies who want to look refined and powerful with a feminine touch. The impeccable tailoring hugs curves and celebrates a woman’s body much like cuts typical of the 1950s and 1960s. Fabrics in wool tweed and plaid harken back to an earlier era.
Kate Spade is another well-known designer that loves to feature feminine vintage looks in almost all of her collections. Some Kate Spade looks to make a great choice for ladies attending classy functions such as brunch, garden parties and afternoon tea. Her 1950’s style cuts with details like peter pan collars leave any woman feeling dainty and divine. Others help ladies to feel bold and daring with bright colour blocking and mod cuts. Either way, Spade designs for ladies that embrace both the past and the present.
Cynthia Rowley is the final designer on this top 5 list that is a fabulous find for lovers of vintage. Whether going for the vava voom curve-hugging styles reminiscent of the 1950s and 1960s or going for a more flirtatious and innocent vintage look through full skirts and scoop necklines, Rowley knows how to bring out a ladies sensuality by giving a nod to the past.
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