I’m having a Molly Ringwald flashback.
Molly Ringwald is THE it-girl from the 90s film era. It is Molly Ringwald as Andie Walsh in the classic teen angst film Pretty in Pink who first seduced America into loving DIY fashion.
In the film, Andie (Ringwald) was a disadvantaged teen attending high school with over-privileged bully’s who took pleasure in looking down their noses at anyone who couldn’t afford their brand of socks. Circumstances meant Andie couldn’t afford to level up on her wardrobe so instead she used her killer sewing skills to DIY chic her school looks.
Her entire wardrobe was an interpretation of classic formal wear. Andie’s signature color was pink and her classic style was cool. But Andie didn’t know she was cool, nor did she care. And for this reason, Andie Walsh became one of my style heroes.
That’s the feeling you get from the Dundas Spring 2019 collection. Designer Peter Dundas presents well tailored, thoughtful designs based upon popular American fashion from the past. There are Dynasty-style dresses cut to the thigh, cinched with vintage style suede belts and layered over Chantilly lace biker shorts. There is also a life-giving ’80s style, gold sequin cape that looks as if it was found at a market in West Hollywood. DRAMA!
The satin bubble skirts look gentrified from 80s house dresses. They are cut short and knotted elegantly on the hip like a sari. My favorite look from the collection is a vintage t-shirt layered over a cut-off Chantilly lace cami and topped with a 70s style metallic fringe jacket with shoulder pads. Wow.