The sailor and sea trend was first introduced as non-service wear in 1846 on a four year old Prince Albert, Prince of Wales, who whilst on holiday on the Royal Yacht sported a sailor suit, delighting the nation so much, it began a trend for little boys. Over the years it has translated into adult fashion, this season saw the menswear collection of Swedish brand Acne introduce minimalist denim sailor trousers and hats, but for SS11, kidswear had a distinctive thirties feel.
The thirties was an era where fabrics were really starting to evolve, stretch fabrics, zips and poppers were introduced, it was a decade of Modernism, rejecting the flamboyant feathers and beading of the twenties. The film, Death in Venice, originally adapted from the book by Thomas Mann, is the inspiration for this season’s nautical mood. Set in 1930’s Venice, starring Dirk Bogarde and Bjorn Anderson the film focuses on Tadzio, who whilst on holiday catches the attention of an elderly composer Gustav von Aschenbach. Fortunately Tadzio is from a rather wealthy family and dresses exquisitely for beach life, dashing cotton sailor suits, smart straw trilbies, sporty Jean Patou swimsuits and a fetching collection of nautical sweatshirts.
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Words by Junior Magazine Fashion Editor, Matthew Holroyd