Get the Look: How to Incorporate This Iconic Banana Leaf Print Into Your Life

11/20/2015 at 05:46 PM ET

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Made famous by the Beverly Hills Hotel, the Martinique wallpaper is the tropical print you’ve seen everywhere but never really realized.

The large, bright green leaf print (available for purchase here) was first created by designer Don Loper in 1942 and has since been used dramatically in celebrities’ homes, hotels all over the world and even on TV shows like The Golden Girls. Remember Rose, Blanche, Dorothy and Sofia’s banana leaf wall “headboard” and matching bedspread? As if you could forget.

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Now, the retro, tropical design is making its way onto goodies of all kinds and we can’t help but want to incorporate it in our homes wherever possible. Here’s how you can get a piece of the classic look for under $100.

phone case
Minnie & Emma

Take the bright print with you everywhere with this plastic, durable iPhone case. Every time your phone rings you’ll be transported to the Mad Men era. ($59)

duvet cover

If you’re seriously committed to the look and want to go full-blown Golden Girls-esque, replace your comforter with this lightweight duvet cover. Betty White would be proud. ($99)

Lulu & Georgia

For a more subtle way to incorporate Martinique into your living room or bedroom, go for this plush pillow. We can already picture it as the perfect accent to a neutral-colored couch. ($57)

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Stella on

Seriously, who writes this?! “Remember Rose, Blanche, Dorothy and Sofia’s banana leaf wall “headboard” and matching bedspread? As if you could forget.”

It was Blanche’s. They didn’t all have the same “headboard” and bedspread.

Jennifer on

Stella- I was thinking the same thing, lol.

Kathy on

Can’t stand him. He really brought down Project Runway.

NY'er on

Stella I was thinking the same thing. It was Blanche who had that look in her bedroom. None of the other ladies had it. And I still watch the show religiously and I love when they show Blanche’s room, because it’s so fun and uplifting. Lol

Anonymous on

@Jennifer and NY’er- great minds think alike! I grew up watching in in prime time and when I was a kid, I thought it was the most glamorous gorgeous bedroom in the world. Maybe not so much now! hahaha

Steven Abrams on

Purchase the Iconic Beverly Hils Hotel BH90210 Wallpaper from Designer Wallcoverings.

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