70s Style with Attitude

There are many aspects to fashion that could be described as ‘a bit odd’ and one of them is the propensity to inflict a season of new looks on us when in terms of weather it is more than a little inappropriate. However they persist to bombard us with spring collections over winter and now the stores are slowly but surely filling out their whimpering sale racks with crisp new spring/summer 2013 looks. Simultaneously the temperature has dramatically dropped to extremely cold.

However the fact of the matter is that when you live in the UK it is unlikely we will get the chance to flit around in a slip of a summery dress unless we escape abroad. Therefore I challenge you to view the spring/summer looks that are coming your way imminently as a change in trends rather than altering the amount you wear. This is why in my guide to sales shopping I suggested taking a look at some spring/summer shows and deciding which looks you want to covet so you can begin emulating them now. I have taken my own advice and done just this.

One of my favourite trends that I saw through the spring/summer shows was the 70s vibe. This is less about flared jeans and more about gypsy tops, frills, embellishment and ruffles. There is a western edge that gives this trend an added cool factor. Denim shirts with metal detailing, cowboy-boot inspired swirls on high heels and ornamented and embroidered trousers.

Isabel Marant took this look and ran with it. Her entire collection had this western feel flowing through it. The patterns and cuts all screamed the 70s but not in a totally hippy way, more with a rock’n’roll edge. The feminine ruffles were grounded with leather belts and studded strappy heels. The bad-ass trouser that shone last season was shown here again. Balmain showed denim shirts while Roberto Cavalli teamed shirts with trousers both demonstrating how this trend doesn’t have to be overtly girly if you don’t want it to be. To keep this look modern stick to simple palettes and let good cuts and exquisite patterns of the era do the talking for you.

The best demonstration of the new take on this much coveted era was the debut collection from Hedi Slimane at the fashion house (he’s dropped the Yves) Saint Laurent. This is the 70s the rock chicks wore not the hippy types. Angular tuxedo jackets that are quintessentially YSL gave the pussy bows and floaty silhouette some more attitude. The collection as a whole was criticised however I think in terms of examining this trend it gives a more sultry spin on the look that can be worn now in colder climates and also transform the look from summery day time to sophisticated evening glamour.

It is premature to dust off our sandals and prep our pins for ruffled mini dresses however I will be teaming a 70s inspired blouse with a coloured jean and a wide brimmed hat while the temperatures are still so brutally low. We Brits have to convert most summery trends to be warm enough to wear so why wait? 

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