Spring Fashion Special: The Return of Fifties Cool

The hottest trend in the upcoming Spring collections is Eisenhower-era style—with a youthful, modern twist.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

The 1950s were a major influence at the latest menswear shows, with cropped jeans, rolled sleeves, and penny loafers on runways from New York City to Paris. Michael Bastian drew inspiration from James Dean, Band of Outsiders delivered a choreographed homage to West Side Story, and the severe sunglasses and stark silhouettes in Kris Van Assche's collection evoked images of greasers and beatniks. These fun, easy pieces will let you add a dash of mid-century style to your wardrobe—without looking like you just walked off the Happy Days set.

From left: Band of Outsiders, Michael Bastian, Kris Van Assche

Credit: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo
Slides 2-10: Photographs by Jens Mortensen, Styling by Richie Owings at Halley Resources
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