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Spring Fashion: Jailbait Jive

Lolita returns to the runway

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Lolita, archetype for the ages, underage coquette for the masses. Vladimir Nabokov’s character seeped into the fabric of film and fashion, and now the famous nymphet is again legging her way to spring’s center stage. Years after the book’s release in 1955, all-American Lolitas surfaced wearing high-waisted hot pants, halter-tops, flared skirts, silk chiffon, tiny tees, and picnic prints such as gingham and calico flowers. To this day, there’s still no better way to look like a bombshell ready to burst. Here we take a look at Lolita’s influences throughout the decades. Humbert Humbert, eat your heart out.

1960s

1960s Lolita look

(Center) Why, Lolita, what lovely legs you have! Sue Lyon as the teenage temptress gets the wolf’s, er, Humbert’s attention in a skimpy bikini in Stanley Kubrick’s 1962 film. (Left) Bathina body balm by Benefit, $28, at benefitcosmetics.com (Model) MOSCHINO

 

Photography: (product and runway images) courtesy of vendors and designers, (film stills) courtesy of Everett Collection

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