“Accentuate curves in a lace-paneled bodysuit – this one is too pretty to hide.”
“Create an hourglass shape with a pencil skirt – Toga’s design has fluid side panels.”
“A ladylike box clutch plus a flick of eyeliner and you’re good to go.”
Christina wears cardigan by Miu Miu, camisole by Dolce & Gabbana and skirt by Burberry Prorsum
It is a question most women ask of themselves, in sartorial terms at least: am I a lady or a vamp? A sophisticated, elegant, Oscar de la Renta-wearing woman, or a seductive, shape-celebrating, Dolce & Gabbana devotee? Well, I have news: this season, you can be both.
Just think back to the screen sirens of the ’50s. Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren, Kim Novak… All had in common an incredible sensuality, evident not only in a bathing suit, but somehow even more so when dressed in a full-skirted gown or a fine-knit twinset veiling their enviable curves.
So how to do it now? There are two key skirt shapes: the long pencil (it must end below the knee) and the full skirt. For inspiration, turn to our shoot
with Mad Men actress Christina Hendricks – the perfect muse for this sophisticated sensuality. Also this week, designer Alice Temperley tests the best red lipsticks and we meet Hollywood aristocracy Liz Goldwyn, an expert on the subject of seduction with style.
JENNIFER DICKINSON, SENIOR EDITOR
Photograph: Yelena Yemchuk