The London Lookbook: Vibrant Colours

The London Lookbook: Vibrant Colours

The London Lookbook

I’ve always been fond of a flared 50’s skirt. The cinched waist and generous, swathes of fabric have been haunting my dreams since I laid eyes on my first vintage dress. Christian Dior’s New Look in the late 1940’s created a tidal wave in fashion. After the austerity of World War Two, fashion entered a glorious, golden era where the female form was celebrated and revered. Tiny waists, full skirts and décolletage became the signature look for a generation.

Rosa Hoskins - The London Lookbook

The London Lookbook

Nearly 70 years has passed since Monsieur Dior first created the New Look. However, his aesthetic ideas have echoed down the decades and designers still refer back to his template for feminine dressing. This skirt and top combo is from ASOS, I love the modern take on a classic look. The block colours and exaggerated shapes are a direct reference to Rocksanda Ilincic, whose work often harks back to beautiful 50 tailoring. I love Rocksanda’s interpretation of the New Look, it’s streamlined, vibrant and contemporary.

Vibrant colours for summer

I have added a 50’s vintage broach to tether this outfit to the era in which it belongs.

Rosa Hoskins

Rosa is an actress and writer living and working in London. She is also the writer behind Haute Hoskins (, where she talks trends, new designers and vintage fashion with a dash of social commentary.

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