Film Noir Chic
This fall, designers have marked a return to 1940s glamour. Embrace your inner femme fatale and shop the season’s most romantic trend. Photographed by Katie Fischer. Styled by Alex Sweterlitsch. Makeup by Tamaha K. Hair by Richard Keogh.
The year was 1947. And it was a revelation: voluminous mid-calf-length skirts, bar jackets, dresses in luxurious fabrics. It cast off the war years’ austerity and ushered in a new era.
Flash forward to now. On fall runways from New York to Milan, it was a return to glamour.
And while the silhouettes are a throwback to the 1940s—below-the-knee skirts and nipped waist jackets abound—the presentation this time around is more about unhinged romanticism than the prim and proper lady. Flinging a fox stole over a slip dress, this woman is strong, modern, but not devoid of emotion. She’s perfectly imperfect. One gets the sense that our femme fatale will never tell all—and always leaves her man wanting more. She’s the star (and not the hapless victim) in her own film noir.
The return to the 1940s glamour dressing was not only fall’s strongest trend—it’s also the season’s most wearable. Everyone knows that a jacket hides a multitude of sins. And a fuller skirt can make your frame appear more petite. After years of stark minimalism, it feels downright indulgent to wear unabashedly lush fabrics and prints.
If you’re not fully committed to the retro revival, strong accessories like a structured lady bag or a demure shoe injects a bit of the era’s sexy sensibility to your wardrobe with ease.
Click through Lifestyle Mirror’s exclusive photo shoot above to see and shop the season’s most romantic trend.