The 1960s revival is by no means a surprise, but what may come as shocking is that after nearly two years of style tributes, fall is once again dictated by the Mad Men aesthetic. But as opposed to playing dress-up or searching through vintage, designers and chain stores have offered modern interpretations of classic styles. So without further adieu, here’s a closer look at one of autumn’s biggest trends and how you can make it your own.
It would’ve been appropriate to shed tears after the Burberry Fall 2011 show “ if only for the combination of Carnaby Street tributes and sweet sounds of Adele. And while not everyone can spring for one of the fashion house’s investment pieces, the plaid prints, A-line styles and belted trenches are the types of coats to complete the straight-out-of-˜60s-look. Luckily, chains like H&M and Zara have picked up on the look, understanding that regardless of how casual other trends may seem, a well-fitted overcoat will add that vintage flare to an otherwise alternative aesthetic.
While spring saw inspiration taken from the likes of Working Girl, autumn’s ˜60s infatuation ranges from runway collections to shows like Pan Am. This season, designers like Bottega Veneta channeled the likes of Jackie O, pairing white tights with a short-sleeve dress and jacket set, peppered with feminine embellishments. Marc Jacobs also acknowledged the romanticized decade, pairing well-structured jackets with printed skirts and thick belts. After all, when thinking about the 1960s, even female business pioneers brought bright colours and bold designs to blaze and stifling settings.
True, the phrase defined silhouettes is an umbrella term if there ever was one, but before you raise an inquisitive eyebrow at one of the most basic approaches to fashion in general, understand that this season, the buddy-hugging styles of the early-to-late ˜1960s have become this autumn’s norm. Pencil skirts, tucked-in blouses, belted coats and even leather pants have replaced the baggier, looser fashions of spring and summer, and while a definitive figure has been seen as a feminine approach to trends in fall 2011, a gentleman-inspired aesthetic (like Janelle Monae’s) still keeps in-step with ˜60s trends, but breaks from girly-girl inspirations.T