wore in Hitchcock’s Vertigo, with a Peter Pan-collar shirt underneath and a polka-dot scarf tied jauntily round her miniscule waist. Prim, sexy, demure and naughty all rolled into one – the way that in a perfect sugar-and-spice-and-all things-nice world, ladies should always dress, don’t you think?
I could watch those ’50s movies by Alfred Hitchcock, Douglas Sirk, John Ford, Elia Kazan and the like over and over again, for the clothes alone. Isn’t that the reason why fashion keeps harking back to that decade (interpreted so well this season by Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, Valentino and Vivienne Westwood Anglomania), because the silhouette is so easy on the eye, not just for men but for other women, too?
The emphasis for ladylike style right now is on two key skirt shapes: the sleek pencil (see the black dresses by Stella McCartney and Roland Mouret) or the full midi (Bottega Veneta and Oscar de la Renta both do great versions). Beware, though,