An American Tale

Kids playing Davy Crockett in the ’50s gave new definition to the coon and foxtails on dad’s roadster antenna, and as the recently released art monograph Rebel Youth: Karlheinz Weinberger (Rizzoli) memorializes, their savvy Swiss peers reappropriated American kitsch by affixing these accessories on their Western denim jackets. Now, vulpine accoutrements are making a return in a more sophisticated manner, having been trotted out on clutches and satchels in the pre-Fall collections at Céline and Gucci by two designers who, naturally, had cars on the brain for Fall 2011. Fantastic, Mses. Philo and Giannini.