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July 20, 2011  | by: LaDawn Penigar-Mitchell

Gucci Fall/Winter 2011-12 Ready to Wear Collection

Fashion often repeats itself and that’s especially obvious as 1940s elegance seems to be a dominant trend for the fall/winter 2011-2012 season. The 40s trend that has made such a comeback is supposedly all about the empowerment of women without the need to sacrifice their femininity. Designers such as Gucci, Prada, Jean Paul Gaultier and Donna Karan used forties glamour as a theme during their runway shows while Louis Vuitton and Sonia Rykiel appeared to have taken inspiration from old Hollywood for their latest resort collections.

ASOS Pussy-Bow Blouse

Many of the runway looks came complete with furs, pearls, slim belts, gloves and shrugs and revolved around the recently trendy and sexy pencil skirt. Hemlines dipped to a stricter yet feminine knee skimming length and the look is conservative but alluring. Gaultier kept things sexy by adding a revealing thigh-high slit to his pencil skirt designs while Jonathan Saunders departed from the typical interpretation through the use of exciting color combinations. Gucci distilled the glamour of the decade into her show by having models wear fedorsas and pussy bow blouses while Miu Miu and Marni kept it simple with pretty tea dresses. Donna Karan strived for simplicity with her tailoring as everything looked clean, unfussy and distinctly American. She wrapped and twisted fabrics to create a silhouette that was simultaneously sexy and smart.

Pencil Skirt by Ann Taylor

With so many designers going for retro glamour, the ladylike look from an era long gone is resurfacing with a winter makeover. This 40s glamour look is all about sensible clothes that are functional yet feminine and sophisticated and can look fabulous on anyone. Try recreating the look with tailored tops, button-up blouses, pencil skirts, ladylike wedges or strappy heels, pearls, sexy lipstick shades, etc. Scour your favorite vintage store for looks reminiscent of this time period or shop online for modern pieces that draw inspiration from the 40s. Whether plucked from the racks of a vintage shop or purchased fresh and new, a 1940s look with a modern appeal could easily become your latest obsession.

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