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.
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.
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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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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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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