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Spring trend watch – Lascivious Lolita 18 January, 2010

Posted by katiehodgkiss in Uncategorized.
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In today’s culture, youth reigns supreme (unless you’re a graduate looking for a job, in which case you’re bottom of the food-chain). Nowhere is the obsession with juvenescence more evident than in fashion – these days it seems models are plucked straight from the womb and then sent tottering down the catwalk.

This Spring, designers have taken their preoccupation with youth a step further – appointing as their muse Nabokov’s infamous nymphet: Lolita. Whilst sweet lace sundresses and gingham two-pieces featured at Chanel and Moschino Cheap and Chic, Prada embraced plastic sunglasses and cherry-red lips.

Image credit: Korcula / A Glimpse of Glamour

The interiors market is always hot on the high-heels of fashion, so it is inevitable that the Lolita trend will be appearing in home stores in the near future as well. Judging by what’s appeared on the catwalk, we can expect kitsch fifties accessories, delicate vintage fabrics and lots of (deep breath) gingham.

Though this trend may be problematic in its origins, the 2010 interpretation of Lolita seems to be more about having fun than sexualising young girls. Last year’s muted palettes reflected the sombre mood of a nation still coming to grips with the recession: this spring designers have reverted to youthful optimism.

Image credit: Lifestylebazaar

Should you choose to embrace this trend, there are various ways to go. If the thought of pastel checks makes you shudder, look instead for pieces that combine girlish innocence with a bit of added raunch, like this teapot (£69.95) from Undergrowth at Lifestylebazaar.

What do you think of the Lolita look? Love it or loathe it, we want to know your thoughts!



1. caitlin o'henessey - 18 January, 2010

Personally I think it’s disgusting that a trend should be based on the idea of sexy underage girls..do you really want that in you home??

2. SophieC - 18 January, 2010

I say stop being such a prude and embrace an ultimately harmless celebration of youth! Kids grow up so fast these days, I think we could all do with an injection of gingham and frills. And may I remind you that in Japan the Lolita image is very popular, but their society remains one where respect and manners are of the utmost importance. Have some fun!

3. Bethany - 18 January, 2010

Did anyone read the Sunday Times Style magazine yesterday? Daisy Lowe on cover? Check! Models on the catwalk mostly under 18? Check! Two words: Lilly.Cole Check! Let’s face and embrace it – the world is obsessed with young women.

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