“Groovy, baby.” “Pretty stellar.” “Far out.”
These are a few of the remarks uttered from the front row of SS15 ready-to-wear runways worldwide. Okay, so we can’t specifically source these quotes nor did we actually hear anyone vocalize them, but this is what we imagined was said—dreams can feel very real. Why? Because these stoked sayings are the perfect response to the prominent and incredibly beautiful ‘70s influence that covered the catwalks for spring.
However, this ‘70s style wasn’t a direct replication of the decade’s tubular taste. It was a modernized version; a reinterpreted aesthetic that took the past and tweaked it for the current—oh fashion, you and your cycles. The key to wearing this trend is taking note of the distinct elements that make it now. ‘Cause while you do want that ‘70s flair, you don’t want to actually look like you're stuck in that era.
Suede made its soft way to spring jackets, over-the-knee skirts and satchel bags. To many of these items, modern patchwork was integrated creating a playful depth. The colourway of these pretty pieces often rested in a muted fall palette of fawn, beige and brown that’s so reminiscent of the deep ‘70s. If you really want to give suede a contemporary spin, try it in vibrant, unexpected shades like evergreen or violet. If you’re not feeling suede, try applying the autumn colour scheme to other fabrics. For instance, a cotton tee in a tan colour with a pair of dark wash jeans could be all you need to hint to the decade’s influence.
Seen most elegantly by Valentino and Dior for spring, the billowy boho favourite is back, and more ethereal than ever. The sheer, nearly naked fabrication is balanced by modest cuts like boat necklines, long sleeves and floor-grazing hems. To make it fresh, accessorize with minimalist footwear and sculptural jewellery.
We’ve been awaiting this return for far too long. There are two ways to wear flares this season, both equally stylish. There’s the oversized style with an all-around wide leg. Witnessed on Derek Lam and Dries Van Noten SS15 runways, this design is for the very fashion-forward who enjoy making an alternative statement. Thanks to the similar proportions, the belled bottom doesn’t appear too extreme. Tailoring is crucial for this stylish silhouette so try high-end labels (fresh or vintage). The other option is a subtle flare, very minimal. One so subdued that it can seamlessly enter the workplace without being the centerpiece of your office. These you can find in more wallet-friendly stores like Zara or Coach.
It’s Friday night and you want to party Studio 54-style. What are you going to wear? We, and Saint Laurent's creative director Hedi Slimane, suggest some ‘70s glamour. High shine. Metallics. Lamé©. For a modern edge, mix and match these shimmering statements with sombre separates. You'll be left with a harmonized look, embodying that disco vibe.