70’s glam and 60’s spirit

Mick and Bianca Jagger at Studio 54.

60’s supermodel Colleen Corby

Whether we’re talking  the 60s or the 70s, fashion is all about reinventing from the past decades. Since Mad Men came on television, the smash hit series has reinstated the glamour and understated elegance of the 60s. Although the season has ended, the “Mad Men craze” shows no sign of slowing down, bringing with it the retro figure-hugging dress and full skirt for another round. Designers are reinterpreting them into lighter materials fit for spring – throwing away the mini dress and skirt, in favor of a bit more demure (yet still very sensual)  garments.  Ladylike with an attitude is the key here.

Top left to bottom right: Oscar de la Renta, Marc by Marc Jacobs, L’wren Scott, Chloé. Image courtesy of style.com

We are also seeing a lot of 70s on the catwalk; all those slinky long dresses, floppy hats and sky-high platforms are starting to remind us of the atmosphere at the infamous Studio 54 when it all happened.  This spring is not so much about revisiting those last days of disco, but all the more about capturing the underlying sexiness of it all (hand-in-hand with the mood of the 60s).

That 70’s vibe. Harper’s Bazaar UK January 2011.

You don’t have to go full-out hippie (jumpsuits are a bit hard to pull off), there are many ways to turn last seasons boho pieces into a more sophisticated look.  Slightly flared jeans, a cute bow-blouse, chunky jewellery or a print dress are all nice examples on the 70s look that aren’t hard to pull off.

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Bring your crayons and get ready to color for spring 2011


Marc Jacobs and Marc by Marc Jacobs, spring 2011. Courtesy of Juergen Teller.

 Spring always tends to be a little bit more optimistic in color;  there was a splash of literally eye-popping orange on the catwalk – together with vivid stripes adorning one witty outfit to the other. Designers had taken their box of crayons and colored up a storm, literally going wild. Models were either uptown chic in matching skirts and jackets (“eclectic”, was the word used by bloggers and critics alike), or more bohemian laid back in bright tops and mini shorts, echoing good old california surf style.

 Nothing says summer more than fruity colors or a sunny yellow, mix and match your favorite hues or go for a bold print on a lovely, floaty dress. Color is definitely the cheapest and easiest way to add some zing to your outfit.

Feeling playful? Dress head-to-toe in one color, and you will virtually light up the room.  Accessories in hot colors will give just enough edge though, if you are more of the modest wearer.

For lack of inspiration, just go to the man Marc Jacobs himself. Both of his spring ad campaigns (for head label Marc Jacobs and its little sister, Marc by Marc)  have us yearning for even more – yes, that’s right -color.

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