The new kid on the block, as far as nostalgic fashion is concerned, comes in the form of inspirations from the 1970s with two key looks from this being particularly influential this season. Glam rock’s glitter and block colours are evident as well as a more sophisticated 1970s featuring beautifully tailored looks. The essential items required as the basis to this look are high-waisted trousers, sheer maxi dresses, hot pants and fabulously busy retro prints. The must-have accessories that were prominent throughout all designers inspired by the 1970s were wide brimmed hats or flowers in the hair.
I am going to begin with the most extravert 1970s inspired collection of the season which is undoubtedly Marc Jacobs. Definitely more in the Glam Rock camp, this catwalk looks like the audience of a David Bowie, circa Ziggy Stardust, concert. It is filled with bold neon satin and quintessentially 1970s patterns all in shades of vibrant orange or warmer purple/red hues. A great fun collection for summer which actually has very wearable silhouettes amidst all the extravagance.
Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2011
Emilio Pucci also uses high-waisted trousers as a staple item in his collection. His look is much softer with a hint of bohemia however I can’t ignore that the blue and white dominant patterns which keep reminding me of spode chinaware. Aside from this connotation, the look is light and summery and much more laid-back than Jacobs.
Emilio Pucci Spring/Summer 2011
Pucci also adds in a few different shapes to his catwalk with hot pants and clingy maxi dresses making an appearance. He uses hot pants in combination with soft, flowing shirts which are the statement of the outfit. These often have laced up fronts on a very 1970s plunging cleavage line which adds subtle sensuality to this look. The maxi dresses appear clingier and have a relatively basic shape with long sleeves. On this simple cut, Pucci has chosen busy patterns to be the focus.
Blue is prominent throughout many of the 1970s inspired collections and Derek Lam uses varying shades of blue liberally and, similar to Pucci, contrasts this with white. Lam’s catwalk is much more conservative and has a Farah Fawcett vibe. Again, high-waisted trousers are dominant throughout and Lam also breaks this up with maxi dresses however he has used much more flowing, sheer materials.
Derek Lam Spring/Summer 2011
Finally, I love to end these posts with a look at how each era has been updated in a particularly fun way with a catwalk which does not take itself too seriously and House of Holland has done this beautifully with the 1970s. Again, gentle shades of blue are at the heart of this collection and these are often decorated with quirky patterns such as the large shiny stars pictured below. Patterns such as this were popular with small independent boutiques and designers ensuring items were unique and extravert – after all this decade is not renowned for its subtlety!
House of Holland Spring/Summer 2011
This brings me to the end of my exploration into how vintage fashions are going to be updated this summer. So grab some cat eye sunglasses, a floppy hat, good belts to emphasise that waist and you are half way there! Some would say don’t wear them all together but I am all for mixing and matching the decades – fashion is supposed to be fun so discard any so-called rules and enjoy your summer.