TAKING A NOTE from decades past, spring’s fashions pay sartorial homage to designs from the 1940s to the 1980s——and then some. The sporty-chic styles of the mid-20th century (think Daisy Buchanan and Jay Gatsby playing croquet) took the spotlight at shows like Sportmax and Proenza Schouler (who just launched their insanely affordable duds at Target). Cool and semicasual, this look is all about pleated tennis skirts (not worn to play a match, mind you), lightweight fabrics outfitted with grommets and athletic-inspired details.
Moving past the ’50s and into the mod, mod world of ’60s fashion, models strutted down the catwalk in A-line shifts, up-to-there hemlines and bright, bold patterns at the Milly show. Diane von Furstenberg showed her interpretation with a 21st-century update: Silhouettes were reminiscent of the era —— mini-dresses, tunics, et cetera——but serpent-adorned patterns gave her designs an edgier feel.
For a more romantic tack, the ’70s-inspired ensembles found a balance between groovy and glamorous. Hippie prints and long, flower-child hemlines at Chloe were juxtaposed nicely with the patterned smocks and earth-mama frocks at Anna Sui. Make the look utterly wearable by pairing a modern wedge with one of the dresses or wearing a billowy top with skinny jeans.
Also staging a comeback (did you ever think you’d see the day?) is ’80s fashion. But you’ll find no shoulder pads here, thank goodness. This is a more-streamlined, street-minded take on the larger-than-life era. Designs at Kenzo and Lanvin boasted some serious rock attitude. Think you can’t pull off the punk look? Try using accessories. Details like zippers and patent leather let you embrace the trend without making you look like you’re prepping for the air guitar semifinals.
Finally, designers gave us a peek into the future of fashion by dreaming up futuristic (and mildly sci-fi) styles. From shiny, metallic trench coats at Marc Jacobs to angular, android-like silhouettes at Balenciaga, these cyber-fashions are best reserved for the adventurers among us. If dressing like a Jetson makes you leery, try investing in a pair of wraparound sunglasses with a rose or pink tint.
SHOP SAN DIEGO
where to get the goods
L.A. Fairchild Boutique, 2021 San Elijo Avenue, Cardiff by the Sea, 760-487-1277 Known for its mind-blowing selection of denim and cutting-edge designers, this loved-by-the-locals shop carries an arsenal of ’60s and ’70s-inspired threads as well. From New York–based Nieves Lavi’s floral-print dresses and tops ($350) to Yumi Kim’s mod frocks ($200), L.A. Fairchild blends the runway trend and wearability perfectly.
Iam Boutique, 633 Ninth Avenue, Downtown San Diego, 619-231-1221 Quickly becoming one of downtown’s hippest shopping destinations, Iam carries eclectic designs as well as casual everyday items. Check out the newly showcased Boudoir line. Hailing from London, each piece is gorgeously made and shows a whimsical and romantic approach to the mod trend.
JEP, 7501 La Jolla Boulevard, La Jolla, 858-551-0600 Constantly raising the bar in San Diego fashion, JEP carries a host of designer fashions, from Phillip Lim to Development to Lauren Moffat. But it’s the collection of Sass and Bide denim (very ’80s rocker), L.A.M.B. tees (casual, but with a punk vibe) and Just Cavalli denim bustiers (if you want to make that elegant-but-edgy statement) that really gets us excited.
Rumors Boutique, 7835 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, 858-454-5845 Stocked with items ranging from the super- fancy to the low-key, this boutique features a worldwide selection of denim, tees and billowy dresses (they also carry men’s clothes). Stop in and take a look at the wide array of skirts and shorts from Alice and Olivia or Johnson. The mini hems and casual-chic design make these the perfect addition to your wardrobe if you want to make the sporty-chic trend incredibly practical.