by Rosanna Carlucci
Vintage Vixens the world over are jumping up and down in their platform heels and pin curled hair. The fabulous forties are back! Every designer from Balenciaga to Dries Van Noten had models sashaying down the runway in forties inspired suits and dresses for Fall 09.
Broad shoulders, cinched-in waists and peplums are hallmarks of forties fashion. Combined with this season’s rich palette of reds, greens, and blues, the collections recall a time when men were off at war and women traded their aprons in for punch cards.
Most notably was John Galliano’s stunning collection for Dior Couture Fall 09.
Mister Galliano recreated the structured and restrained glamour of the forties and released some of that tension by revealing what lies underneath. Confections of tulle, stiff satin and silks reveal sexy stockings and garters that beg to be noticed. Rosie the Riveter would be proud!