For Spring/Summer it seems that we should embrace our inner sixties child and give in to pretty pastels.
PPQ started the sixties revival in their SS09 show with this dress (above), paired with a top knot and some hefty wedges.
Seen on Lily Allen and Peaches Geldolf, the dress, a simple shift with a luscious pattern, holds its appeal in its short hem length and over-sized collar and bow. The almost clown-like bow, evoking a playful masculinity, looks chic paired with bare legs and a powerful strutt.
More recently, A Single Man has wowed audiences in its pristine and powerful portrayal of a gay teacher in the 60's, suffering over the sudden loss of his lover.
While some criticise Tom Ford's overly stylised aesthetic, others relish in his considerate recreation of this era in all its glory. Careful notice has been taken of everything from the kitchen appliances to the perfume bottles on Charly's (Julianne Moore) dressing table.
All the more the characters themselves are neat and carefully put together: Charly takes the entirety of George's (Colin Firth) working day to get her eyelashes in place for her evening in with him.
On the SS2010 catwalks Luella and PPQ mastered the coquettish 60's look.
Luella sent her models out in perfectly placed dresses in an array of pastel and vivid colours. Hair piled high in top knots was highlighted with a colourful bow.
The shapes of the dresses evoked a time when women were expected to look a certain way, a hair never out of place. While this attitude may be out of place nowadays itself, the elaborately girly dress, pastiched with a slick of neon eye shadow, is a welcome look that will blow any remnants of recession blues out of the water.
PPQ also styled the models with slick top knots and presented a inspiringly bold collection.
Stripes and clean lines gave the collection a firm structure, while the injection of shorts made these looks beach-friendly.
These bold monochrome outfits, with fierce collars, as with the SS09 dress, gives the collection an unmistakably fresh panache.
Elsewhere, Rachel Weisz was shot for the January issue of Vogue in a lazy hazy 60's story.
Ultimately the pastels in these shots sum up the 60's trend. Playful pretty colours paired with strong yet subtle shapes make up a gorgeous Spring wardrobe, that, especially on rainy days like these, is easy to fall in love with.
Keep it Modo people ;)