An American Tale

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Published April 19, 2011

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.