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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.

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