Shoulders have made a huge comeback but, it’s not all about referencing the 80’s. The 1940’s exuded glamour, shoulder pads, sleek silhouettes and exquisite tailoring. Joan Crawford and Katherine Hepburn were famous for their well-tailored looks and androgynous style that created a new, stronger feminine look for fashion than the designs of the 1950’s.
A cinched waist accompanied by an exaggerated shoulder pad, slinky fabric and draping that cascades down the hip and thigh into a soft column skirt was a popular cut for eveningwear. This brief moment of fashion was a very transitional moment into the full skirts that exploded a decade later. Perhaps we are in a similar stage in 2010?
Elie Saab shows off a fur-filled shoulder and ¾ length sleeve atop a cinched waist and tightly tailored pants.
Dolce and Gabbana creates an updated 40’s suit with a knee length pencil skirt and matching tailored jacket.
Francesco Scognamiglio creates a stunning overcoat with pleated shoulder pads and heavy, metal accessories for a feminine look that’s slightly scary.
Beautiful in Bottega Veneta, a nude gown with a sleek bodice and cascading full hem floats like a dream down the runway.
L’Wren Scott’s army girl is all dressed up in a slinky cowl neck gown hemmed right above the ankle in proper 1940’s fashion.
An era of sensuous, feminine, exquisitely tailored designs showed off women’s new independence of the 1940’s. I am looking forward to seeing these modernized references in my closet this Fall.