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The New Look

Fall fashions delve into the archives of the house of Dior, circa 1947, resurrecting the ladylike, tailored style that came to be known as the New Look. Years of wartime rationing on fabrics resulted in Dior's collection of full-skirted, curve-enhancing frocks being initially perceived as a scandalous extravagance, but ladies everywhere soon adopted the overtly feminine and generously proportioned garments.

Cheery dots enliven Yves Delorme's Pois pillow, featured in Soleil.

Lavish curves inform Emporium Home's velvet sofa with a charming midcentury European vibe.

Grace & Blake's petite vanity seat freshens retro wallpaper-inspired upholstery with elegant Lucite legs.

     The fashion world's love affair with this simpler, gentler time in history is conveyed by way of shapely silhouettes, voluptuous curves and soft, luxurious materials like velvet, mohair and cashmere. Nostalgic prints - think polka dots, gingham and stripes - reveal a happy-golucky optimism that is at once fresh and captivating. Pretty pastels enter the mix, embracing the marriage of sweet simplicity and over-the-top lavishness.

Tracy BullaTracy Bulla | Product Editor

Native North Carolinian Tracy Bulla has been Home Accents Today's product editor since 2002. As a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill's School of Journalism, Tracy's first foray into reporting involved covering the financial markets. This short-lived enterprise resulted in no great loss to the world of finance when it became apparent that the reporter could not balance her own checkbook. Tracy then followed her lifelong passion for fashion into the glamorous world of design where she is continuously in thrall to the lure of beautiful, well-designed objects of desire. Lo, Tracy's pampered Pekingese, shares her appreciation for exquisite style by choosing to only chew up the most expensively embellished Italian shoes.

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