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Brief Published: 23 Feb 2015

NYFW: Mid-20th Century Styling

Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler

Retro mid-20th century styling is emerging as a key direction from New York Fashion Week, with influential shows by Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler and Michael Kors leading the way.

With the 70s continuing to dominate the catwalks – a key trend from the Spring/Summer 2015 shows – the 30s and 40s offer a refreshing new direction.

Heritage Fabrications: Traditional estate tweeds and worsted wools are applied to Oxford bags and louche, mannish silhouettes at Michael Kors, while bouclé and textural weaves updated coats and suitings. 

Waist Emphasis: Oversized obi-style belts were a signature detail from the Proenza Schouler runway, while Marc Jacobs’ reinterpretation of the bar suit – pioneered in Christian Dior’s 1947 ‘ New Look’ collection – also puts the waist firmly back on the fashion map.

Fur Detailing: Applied to collars and sleeves, tipped long fur adds to the retro feel of the collections and updates knitwear and tailoring.