Retro style doesn’t have to be old-fashioned – sometimes a nod to a different era can propel a design into unexplored territory. See how contemporary designers reference ages through style.
Lanvin Embellished duchesse-satin maxi skirt £1,870
Evoke a bygone era with this voluminous satin maxi-skirt. Pair with dramatic yet directional earrings and a simple silk camisole for romance with an edge.
Christopher Kane Silk-chiffon blouse £495
Christopher Kane Chiffon-paneled satin skirt £995
The master of the sharpest design surprises with a sweet blouse and skirt combo that could complement even Katherine Hepburn with its patrician grace.
Miu Miu Bow-embellished leather and patent-leather mules
Miu Miu Reversible shearling coat £5,235
Kenneth Jay Lane Gold-plated faux pearl ring £65
Luxuriate in the role of 1960s sex kitten with a decadent candy-coloured shearling coat – perfect matched with a figure-hugging jumper dress, minxish heels and a pearl ring.
Acne Studios Silk-blend organza mini dress £950
Directional structuring creates a stunning take on the A-line dress. Wear with dinky flats and the oversized Celine earrings from above for a truly hip update on Edie Sedgwick’s “Factory Girl” style.
Alexander McQueen Crepe jacket £2,075
Acne Studios Luisa I shiny grass green trousers £1600
Finds + Catherine Prevost 18-karat gold nugget ring
Lanvin Leather mules £580
The crepe jacket has padded shoulders and fierce tailoring for a 1970s-by-way-of-1930s look. Combine with a neutral chiffon blouse, Acne’s vibrant flares and sharp mules for a daytime look worthy of Anita Pallenburg herself. The organic, mineral shape of the ring adds a hippy touch.
Lanvin Metallic open-knit top £330
Asymmetric leather skirt £1,215
Ippolita Gelato 18-karat gold, topaz and diamond ring£3,200
A metallic vest crafted to look like chainmail, worn with a white vest, asymmetric leather and a delicate ring and necklace is an instant update on Sloaney 1980s glamour.
Alexander McQueen Metallic jacquard mini dress£3,165
Miu Miu Bow-embellished leather and patent-leather mules £515
All the anarchic, playful spice of the 1990s are conjured by this striking dress and the flirtatious shoes.