It has been a month since my last post – a long time to be engrossed in my daughter’s school holiday activities,perpetual playdates, long afternoons on the beach and thick adventure books like the Northern Lights which I read to her in crazy voices and hushed tones so she sits at the edge of her seat and cannot go to sleep for racking her brain on what will happen next. Anticipation is an amazing thing. I remember a study being done once on the fact that people who go on holidays actually get more joy anticipating the holiday that going on in. That may be the case, but I still get giddy anticipating next season’s clothes and the endless combinations they provide. This season, that is the case with 70s fashions which are back in full force.
The 70s has always been one of my favourite style decades. This period compressed such a wide variety of ideas, style-wise, that it seemed fashion took a radical turn every couple of years; from brightly coloured polyester, playful knits, paisley and the ever-present bellbottoms in the early years, to the mid-70s when denim reigned supreme and khaki and drill cotton were de rigour, down to the latter part of the decade where everything got looser and more folky.
From Chanel, Saint Laurent and Tom Ford, to Gucci, Sonia Rykel and Dries Van Noten everyone seems to have taken the retro route for the European spring/summer ’15 season. So it’s time once again, to get out those flares, dust off your suede and prep that lamé.
For this story, I played with some groovy, transeasonal items coming our way for autumn that will work dressed up or down.
This multi-tiered dress evokes languid Indian summers with its pretty pastel tones and lace cutouts. Pair with tan everything.(Zimmermann dress, Jerome Dreyfuss bag & Panama Hat co. hat.)
Now is the time to swap your skinnies for flares – the new cuts and stretchier fabrics are suprisingly slimming and flattering.(Frame denim jeans, Miu Miu sunglasses & Romance Was Born shirt)
This khaki skirt in drill cotton works dressed up for work or dressed down with slides for weekends. Accessorise with a smattering of gold, aviator sunnies and did I mention this season there is never enough tan? ( Lover skirt, Jets bikni worn as top, Monica Vinader bracelet, Pink Lou Lou shell bracelet and Cartier love bracelet , Versace sunglasses & Karen Walker bag.)
The new 70s suit sports a wider leg with a slim fitting jacket (Asos suit, vintage Chloe platforms, Karen Walker sunglasses & Elke Kramer earrings)
Photographed by Alice Wesley-Smith