Slip into a pair of work boots and hit the thrift store for a sweeping pleated skirt: Frontierswomen ensembles were a major theme on the runways, from classic denim overalls to Victorian-looking lace collars.
Slip into a pair of work boots and hit the thrift store for a sweeping pleated skirt: Frontierswomen ensembles were a major theme on the runways, from classic denim overalls to Victorian-looking lace collars. Naturally, a little "prairie chic" is always in style at Ralph Lauren, which paired crisp white collars with brown bowler caps and vintage leather satchels.
Erdem can always be counted on to deliver lots of lace, and their prim white cocktail dresses for spring felt a little like Laura Engels Wilder's "Sunday Best" (though admittedly, her Sunday outfit likely had three feet more skirt length).
For spring, Anna Sui explored her usual boho design references but combined them with a decidedly High Plains twist. Ruffled smocks and Indian-inspired jewelry drove home a dusty western mood.
Even some of Rodarte's blue-plaid and gingham-check ensembles felt like they were culled from a TV-adaptation "Little House on the Prairie."
Oscar de la Renta's pretty tweed day dresses wouldn't have been out of place home on the range—though we cringe to think of one being worn to milk a cow.
Rochas' swishy-skirted sundresses in cornflower blue were practical yet chic, accented with dainty black sun hats and silk stockings.
Ditto Rachel Comey's skirt-n-workshirt ensembles (our term, not hers), which paired a prairie-appropriate gingham check with a warm shade of taupe.
Like Comey, Karen Walker showed printed cotton blouses buttoned all the way to the top with soft pleated skirts. Long, fuss-free hair made the look feel approachable and down to earth rather than old fashioned.
Jean Paul Gaultier opted for full-on cowboy style for Hermes' spring collection, each look styled with a wide-brimmed cap and heavy-duty work gloves.
Classic western overalls experienced a rebirth this season, and nobody did the look better than Vena Cava, who paired theirs with feminine silk blouses and work-ready head wraps.
Behnaz Sarafpour showed a more simple take on the overall trend with a clean buttoned-up blouse and slicked-back bun. This model looks as though she just came back from a Walker Evans photo shoot.