Trend Watch: Retro, Domestic Goddesses on the Runway

Call it the "Betty Draper effect": Designers drew upon an old-fashioned glam for Spring 2012.

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Call it the "Betty Draper effect," but some of spring's most sophisticated styles drew heavily from a kind of '60s house wife glam, featuring prim floral prints and ladylike silhouettes. At Lela Rose, a girlish floral in violet gathers into a big bustle bow at the hip.
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Likewise, Preen's feminine floral prints were rendered on immaculately tailored separates and dresses, including this short-sleeved confection with a white belted waist.
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Jonathan Saunders' modern take on the "domestic goddess" trend was among our favorites of the season. Here, a minty green sleeveless sundress is finished with saturated panels at the neck and hem.
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Marc Jacobs' simple gingham-check cocktail dress was given a subtly "undone," modern look overlaid with sheer silk and gathered waist details.
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Net-a-Porter
Marc Jacobs' updated lacey frock coats for spring by executing them in shimmery metallic treatments, though that comes with a hefty price tag. $5400 at Net-a-Porter.
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Oscar de la Renta's white lace skirt suit definitely has a swinging '60s appeal, from the cropped length of the blazer to the frothy pink blouse layered beneath it.
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L'Wren Scott's baby-blue sleeveless dress is cut in a fitted (though not overly tight) shape, embellished with silvery half-moons.
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At Rochas, the retro mood took a more literal turn with silk head-scarves, cat-eye shades and sleek shifts like this breezy white dress.
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Longer skirts cut close to the body ruled at Jil Sander, where this prim, pouf-sleeve dress in hunter green went down the runway with a bright pink clutch and gray pumps.
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Giambattista Valli's cheery sundress features stripes of super-shiny satin in silver and cream juxtaposed against printed yellow sections.
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Miu Miu's quirky spring collection included old-fashioned shrug jackets like this red satin number, which was shown tied over a silk floral-print sundress.
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Forward Forward
A classic bow-embellished peep toe pump is an easy way to incorporate a little Betty Draper "housewife" style into any look. $790 at ForwardFoward.
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Even Acne got in on the trend with this poufy pink sundress, which features dainty cap-sleeves and a full skirt.
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Christopher Kane's splashy prints lent a mod vibe to cropped metallic jackets and slit pencil skirts.
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Kirna Zabete
Erdem's classic sheath dress in a summery yellow floral is quintessential "domestic goddess" fodder (just add pearls and patent pumps). $1750 at Kirna Zabete.
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