When it comes to the style of the 1970s, my opinion is divided. On one hand, the eclectic prints, the hippie silhouettes of girlie mini-dresses and floaty maxi-dresses, and the clogs and platform shoes are far off my personal taste and something too imprinted in that period to have a lasting appeal. And on the other hand, there is the men’s tailoring, the preppy American look, the tuxedo for the evening, Halston’s minimalist and sensuous gowns and his famous ultrasuede shirtwaist dress that I can never get enough of – the elements that finally pushed fashion forward at the time.
It’s the polished look of the 70’s that I love and enjoy seeing it revived for the spring, its inspiration often residing in the style of the women who defined the decade, like Charlotte Rampling, Ali MacGraw, Lauren Hutton, Jane Fonda (as it happens with the most enduring fashions, it’s no wonder they are all actresses). Camel suede trenches, chic peasant blouses, mannish blazers, sleek dresses with plunging necklines and long sleeves, high suede boots and mid-calf hems, wide legged trousers, designer jeans, cinched waists, and the ultimate accessory – saddle bags in neutral tones and gold hardware.
photos: 1-collage by me (first row: Terry Richardson for Vogue Nippon August 2010 featuring Freja Beha Erichsen / Lachlan Bailey for Vogue Paris February 2015 featuring Vanessa Moody, styled by Géraldine Saglio / Life magazine April 1971 featuring Jane Fonda; second row: Lachlan Bailey for Vogue Paris February 2015 / Jeanloup Sieff for Vogue Paris 1970 featuring Charlotte Rampling in Yves Saint Laurent/ Terry O’Neill portrait of Charlotte Rampling, 1976; third row: Lachlan Bailey for Vogue Paris February 2015 / Ali MacGraw wearing a Halston-esque dress in “The Getaway”, 1972,) | 2-Loewe SS 2015 | 3,8-Chloé SS 2015 | 4-Michael Kors SS 2015 | 5-Derek Lam SS 2015 | 6,7-Jason Wu SS 2015 | 9,10-Gucci SS 2015, all collection images via Style.com