The Louis Vuitton spring/summer 2015 collection sent out clothes blending the 70s retro and explored the 70s with vintage prints, A-line skirts, high-waisted pants and so on. This collection seemed to be about transforming old memories into new work. No matter the designer Nicolas Ghesquiere’s personal aesthetic or philosophy, it tends to look into the past in order to move forward into the future. Ghesquiere is utilising retro ideas to create something authentically facilitate thinking. There’s a touch of the familiar to his future, something rooted in a past could still be chased after. It’s very smart because it means we’re not alienated by his forward thrust. We let it carry us on, to something new.
White hit the catwalks in a big way for Spring Summer 2011. Dolce& Gabbana showed awonderful white collection and the high street retailers have gone to town copying every idea offered.
Tiered and lingerie looks, plus lace insertions seal this style and emulate the summer whites of Edwardian days. White maxi dresses reign.
Left – White Voile Catwalk Fashion Dolce&Gabbana.
Centre – High Street Bargain White Maxi From Penneys.
Right – Santa Ines Ivory Organic Cotton Maxi Dress – Monsoon S/S 2011.
In contrast to florals there are eastern inspired prints with elements of tribal motifs, but the 2011 twist in adding bright rich colours that evoke hot bazaars and colourful nomad textiles and tents. Hats, Fringe, tassels and colourful scarves or border prints are all an easy way to add that seventies touch.
Here are some press shots that would easily add that 70s fashion look. The beaded beach sandal has fun summer tassels and coins all reminiscent of 1970s hippy styles offootwear brought back from holiday travels.
Left – Penneys Summer 2011 Womenswear Panama Hat, Floral Tassel Scarf, Coin Waistcoat, Ibiza Skirt.
Right – Accessorize Spring Summer 2011 Campaign
Above – Accessorize S/S 2011 – Bazaar Anklet Sandal.
Fashion in the seventies used lots of floral patterns, from ditsy pinhead prints to massive exotic hothouse blooms.
For Spring/Summer 2011 washed silks, silk charmeuse, viscose, organza, flowing silk chiffons and parachute silk fabrics are all used to make light-as-air dreamy hazy summer day dresses.
Lightness and transparency, especially in voiles and chiffons emphasise the mood of 1970s flowing dresses. Otherworldly light-as-air draping blouses and undulating hemline kimono tops of various lengths make their mark on Summer Trends 2011. Look for the ultra light fabrics of translucent tulle flowing silk and chiffon, tactile, knobbly cloque and shiny satin all of which are mesmerizing in surface quality.
Sizzling fashion trends include contrasting dress looks where edgy sharp funky dresses contrast against billowing chiffon and lace peek-a-boo. The result is feminine fairytale fantasy frocks of an age long gone.
Tiny lace pleating around cuffs on blouse and dresses adds a prim puritanical ‘touch me – touch me not’ aura.
Floating semi-sheer and transparent fabric dresses recapture 1970s fashions precisely. Check out fluid fantasy flares, flowing maxi dresses and frilled fiesta frocks. Look out for skinny rib striped chevron knits and floral print cardigans.
Romantic ruffles of the 1970s flow into faded hippy chic. Fringed bags, bleached denim cropped jeans, halter dresses worn with platform shoes and big straw floppy hats hark back to seventies flower children moments in fashion.
It is truly amazing how the much maligned 1970s appear to be referenced as often as they are by designers. But even back in the 1970s designers were merely aping styles of the 1930s and 40s. This newest retro fashion trend captures some of the very best of 1970s in all its full glory.
1970s retro uses Luxe fabrics to recreate the drape of full wide trousers and silk chiffon which emulates the long dreamy dresses of this fashion era. In the real 70s decade the fabrics were probably made of Laura Ashley sprigged cottons or crinkle crepe viscose.
The Spring Summer 2011 designer fashion catwalks were awash with floral based fabrics and accessories.
Above – D&G Floral Fashions Trends Summer Campaign 2011.
Love it or hate it, the 1970s was a colorful time in interior design. For every drab earth-toned room there was an equally colorful one. Today there is a lot of talk of “pops of color.” In the 70s it was more like “explosions of color”. Says Conroy, “these houses were funky and friendly.” The architects “had exuberant spirits; they reveled in form, function, and funkiness.” The toilet seat covers were brightly colored, as were the toilets themselves. Lamps, bedspreads, walls, and furniture: Nothing was spared the Technicolor rainbow.
Playful 1970s-inspired geometrics inject a refreshing burst of colour and pattern into the season. Op-art shapes and abstract florals offer an update on the stark monochrome geometric patterns seen in previous seasons. Unexpected colour combinations give the look a retro sensibility.
1970s looks offer a strong direction this summer, as the decade continues to influence Fashion Week street style. Relaxed bohemian and Gypset looks such as traditional paisley and rich foulard prints are elevated to a sophisticated level through rich fabrics and top-to-toe styling. This trend will continue to gather momentum throughout the S/S 15 season.
Saturday Night Fever
Saturday Night Fever is a 1977 American dance film directed by John Badham and starring John Travolta as Tony Manero, a young man whose weekends are spent visiting a local Brooklyn discotheque; Karen Lynn Gorney as Stephanie Mangano, his dance partner and eventual friend; and Donna Pescow as Annette, Tony’s former dance partner and would-be girlfriend. While in the disco, Tony is the king. His care-free youth and weekend dancing help him to temporarily forget the reality of his life: a dead-end job, clashes with his unsupportive and squabbling parents, racial tensions in the local community, and his associations with a gang of macho friends.
All That Jazz
All That Jazz is a 1979 American musical film directed by Bob Fosse. The screenplay by Robert Alan Aurthur and Fosse is a semi-autobiographical fantasy based on aspects of Fosse’s life and career as dancer, choreographer and director. The film was inspired by Bob Fosse’s manic effort to edit his film Lenny while simultaneously staging the 1975 Broadway musical Chicago. It borrows its title from the Kander and Ebb tune All That Jazz in that production. The film won the Palme d’Or at the 1980 Cannes Film Festival.
Annie Hall is a 1977 American romantic comedy directed by Woody Allen from a screenplay he co-wrote with Marshall Brickman. Produced by Allen’s manager, Charles H. Joffe, the film co-stars the director as Alvy Singer, who tries to figure out the reasons for the failure of his relationship with the film’s eponymous female lead, played by Diane Keaton in a role written specifically for her.