There’s a poll currently running on Myer’s Facebook page asking which new Myer trend is your favourite. “Ladylike Chic” is leading by a corseted mile.
Does this scare you? Or make you pull on some Spanx, light a ciggie and do your best Betty Draper impersonation?
If you’ve been living in isolation (or without Foxtel … or is that one and the same?) you may not be aware of the phenomenon that is Mad Men. So amazingly influential is this series set in 1960s New York that the world’s fashion catwalks have been awash for a couple of seasons with “ladylike chic”.
This winter in Australia you’ll find this look everywhere from Target to chain stores and designer boutiques. And Myer’s Facebook poll wasn’t random, either. The Myer’s My Style 2011 catalogue features Jennifer Hawkins and Jessica Hart on the cover – in full vintage feminine flight – wearing Leona by Leona Edmiston.
Another designer to amp up its ladylike look is Australian label Moss & Spy, which has signed Annalise Schubert as the face of its ’50s inspired winter 2011 collection.
Head designer Lia Tsimos has been designing ladylike clothing for decades. Her designs are inspired by the French tradition of timeless and elegant dressing. Each and every piece celebrates the curvaceous, feminine form.
Moss & Spy designs are crafted from premium French and Italian fabrics. This season, faux fur, velvet, metallic jacquard and tweed are important. Strapless gowns are big and lace with a nude underlay is also strong. The biggest trend for winter 2011 is the structured bodice combined with the full skirt.
So, back to January Jones, or JJ, as I like to affectionately call her (because I’m sure we’d be best buddies if we ever met). Her Mad Men character may be extremely difficult to stomach at the best of times but boy, oh boy, does she know how to own a red carpet … well, except that blip on her style report card at this year’s Golden Globes which I am willing to overlook. Just this once.
“I have learned from Janie (Bryant, Mad Men costume designer) to take risks in what I wear. I can’t say I have a specific style, I just know which silhouettes compliment (sic) my frame,” JJ said in Janie’s book, The Fashion File.
“My advice is to just make sure you wear it and that the garment doesn’t wear you. Even if a piece may seem a bit outlandish, as long as you feel confident and beautiful in it, it’s a risk worth taking.”
Here are some of January’s “risks” from the past couple of years. Do you have a fave?
And I’ll leave you contemplating a winter of stockings, structured dresses and shapewear with my favourite Betty look from Mad Men. This episode in Season Three had Don and Betts enjoying a little La Dolce Vita in Rome.