Once regarded as dowdy, the midi skirt (hitting just below the knee) has seen a surge in popularity, even among the young, trendy set who, come fall, will be taking style tips from their grandmothers. With many thanks to renowned costume designer Edith Head, the midi skirt has held its place in fashion history, adorning the waists of Hitchcock heroines and Audrey Hepburn’s undercover Princess Ann in Roman Holiday. Many designs this coming season, including thick wool varieties seen at Prada, or full, blooming skirts at Rochas, are akin to their 1940s counterpart, while others, namely Givenchy’s grunge/gypsy hybrids and the architectural angles of those at Dior, have a decidedly modern feel. For other ways to introduce the skirt to the 21st century, take a cue from Doutzen Kros, whose Tommy Hilfiger pairing incorporated a crop top, or add an unexpected color, like Garcelle Beauvais’ Tibi skirt in neon yellow. Once winter arrives, don’t be afraid of topping with a cocoon-like coat, or adding some edge with a motto jacket.
Pre-show Prada F/W 2013
In the Media
Both credited to the genius of Edith Head: Audrey in Roman Holiday, and Kim Novak in Vertigo.
Grace Kelly in Rear Window
On the Runway
Dior F/W 2013
Givenchy F/W 2013
Preetma Singh in JW Anderson jacket and skirt. Olivia Palermo in Reiss skirt.
Alexa Chung in JW Anderson for Topshop. Diane Kruger in Vanessa Bruno skirt
Garcell Beauvais in Tibi skirt. Doutzen Kroes in Tommy Hilfiger.
*Photographs courtesy of Vogue, Elle, Candice Lake, The Sartorialist.