In this age of austerity it’s no surprise that Christopher Bailey looked to the sober colors and longer hemlines of the Thirties — but with a luxurious eye, of course. Pencil skirts were prevalent, some with peplums, as well as fluid, knee-grazing A-line silhouettes. Suit jackets came fitted and curvy, often with puffed shoulders, while double-breasted overcoats were long, lean and nipped at the waist. Some dresses were covered with a Thirties chrysanthemum print, and evening gowns, in moss green or dusty rose, looked cool and languid. Most of everything was styled with thick bow belts, giving the collection a retro, homemade feel.

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