Trend report: Fifties flirt

BRONWYN WILLIAMS
Last updated 12:12 19/10/2012

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"Nature's the greatest designer," said Karl Lagerfeld and by golly he is right.

We love to celebrate the female form in all its curvy sexy glory and lucky for us one of summer's key trends are the perfect wrapping paper for nature's wares.

The 1950s silhouette is out in full force with dresses which accentuate the waist, and voluptuous and full skirts.

The look graced the catwalks at Elie Saab and Dolce & Gabbana, and at Moschino the trend followed through to hair and makeup as well.

How to wear

Fashion: The 50s full A-line skirt is flattering to wear and a great option for the office. Try it with a sweet blouse and either simple pumps or ballet flats. Look for dresses which nip right in at the waist, and mix and match with cropped cardigans and shrunken blazers for colder days. 50s trousers are high waisted, cropped and skinny- perfect for summer weather. Try them with strappy wedges or simple canvas lace-ups.

Beauty: The classic eye flick is a signature 50s look, as is the backcombed beehive. Try the cat eye flick for an easy day time statement look, or use it with a deep eyeshadow to take your makeup from day to night. Give your look a modern twist by keeping the skin fresh and flushed with a touch cream blush and a dab of hot pink lip stain. The modern version of the beehive (thankfully) uses a little less hairspray than the original style. Backcomb the front section of your hair to add height, and then flick it back and pin securely. Twist the back up into a simple chignon, or tie it high into a fresh and clean pony tail. Set with a firm hold hairspray. 

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