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Tuesday, January 18th 2011

In Mod Mode

Fall 2010 saw the first inklings of a mod revival, with Jenni Kayne (above left), Milly (above right), and Marc by Marc Jacobs doing updated takes on Carnaby Street staples. By the time the spring 2011 collections rolled around, the movement was in full swing. American designers and heavy-hitter European fashion houses showed a Technicolor parade of shift dresses (marigold at Michael Kors and poppy at Calvin Klein), colorblock (at Prabal Gurung), and A-line skirts accompanied by Kennedy-era structured bags and low-heeled, ladylike pumps.

While the no-holds-barred approach to color is not for the risk-averse, the basic elements of mod dress have more in common with last fall’s mammoth minimalism story than may be apparent at first glance. For all of its exuberance, the mod palette is edited; its silhouettes and attention to contrast clean and crisp. Think of mod as minimalism on psychedelics: just the hit of perspective-altering cheer your closet needs at this time of year.

(Spring runway favorites are arriving any day. In the meantime, get your mod fix from our Sephora and Shopbop Faces of Fashion lookbook.)

--Maureen

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