howtolookgood.comCaryn Franklin
Bookmark us >>

Catwalk fashion report Ladylike Chic (1940s)

By Laura Emerald. Photography Anthea Simms

Woman can hold their heads high in sophisticated grown up clothes this season. Ladylike chic is back. Infused with an air of 1940's fashion. Post war glamour, skirt suits with cinched waists as well as longer length hemlines were the last word in elegance.

land girls

Land Girls (Chloe)
Military was updated for 2009 by Chloe’s new star designer Hannah McGibbon. Fresh from Valentino she has already been credited, after just two seasons, with bringing femininity and girlie cool back to the house of Chloe. Cue soft-edged military tops in brushed silk, teamed with slouchy trousers. This look is polished, grown up military-chic.

skirt suit

The Skirt Suit (DKNY)
The skirt suit is back – infused with whit and charm for autumn/winter 09 borrowing much from the 1940s silhouette, with a nipped in waist, pretty short length sleeves and a demure hemline. DKNY did this look best in fire engine red, contrasted with black- a modern twist on this retro look. Cloche hat, optional.

pencil skirt

Pencil Skirts (Donna Karan)
Good news for those of us who don’t do micro mini hem lengths or extravagant silhouettes – the decorous pencil skirt is yours. Donna Karan, in New York, famous for knowing just exactly how woman want and need to dress, sent her pencil skirt down the catwalk teamed with a crisp white shirt (something most of us are certain to already have in the wardrobe already.) A no nonsense look that managed to be both professional, and quietly sexy.

cocktail dress

Cocktail Hour (Lanvin)
Alber Elbaz never fails to wow with his intuitive collections. This season was no different; Lanvin is without a doubt the go-to label for beautifully feminine cocktail dresses. For autumn/ winter 09 his women were Hollywood starlets of the 1940s – their uniform being the cocktail dress – versatile, sexy, smart and polished.

For your list of essential garments to add to your wardrobe to make this Ladylike Chic fashion look work, look at Ladylike Chic in High street.