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Are You Ready For The Return Of The Seventies?

January 20, 2011

Before I begin, allow me to do some self-congratulating for a moment, because earlier last year I had a conversation (the context of which is long forgotten) where I was asked what decade the fashion world would be returning to next, and I predicted the seventies. Now, as the Spring season is creeping closer slowly but surely, I am very excited to see that my prediction has come true. How did I (and, more importantly, the people who actually created the trend) come to this conclusion? The cynical may say that once you looked over the past few seasons, it was really the only decade left. At the time of the  conversation, the eighties revival was in full swing and, thanks to Mad Men, there was definitely a lady-like fifties sensibility brewing. The nods to the nineties were just starting, and in previous years the twenties, thirties, and forties had all had their time in the sun.

This, of course, left the sixties and the seventies, and with a look at where the trends were going, it wasn’t difficult to guess the seventies were next to be heralded. There seemed to be a definite development of preference for comfort and ease, freedom to be released from the highly structured tailoring, military inspiration, and apocalyptic fashions of yesteryear. And while the sixties has their fair share of comfort-fashion, hints of the seventies were already creeping onto the runways. Waist-lines were rising, hemlines were lowering, trousers were widening. The wedge reigned, long necklaces were layered, and belts were everywhere.  Rompers and jumpsuits returned, every girl owned a cocktail ring, heels were stacked, and natural materials like feathers, wood, and fur adorned accessories. Designers made it clear they were ready to have fun again, and the bold patterns, bright colors, and disco shine and shimmer of the decade seemed perfectly suited for their tastes.

Elie Tahari and Derek Lam presented a casual take with wide-leg denim and trousers,  and easy, billowing blouses.

Tahari

 

Tahari

Lam

Lam

Pucci, of course, embraced free spirited and ethnic patterns, as did Etro.

Pucci

Pucci

Etro

Etro

The influence was subtle in Rodarte and Marc Jacobs, mostly showing though with print choice and styling.

Rodarte

Rodarte

Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs

Elie Saab and Matthew Williamson captured the glam draping and luxurious silhouettes.

Williamson

Williamson

Saab

Saab

So, in general the answer to the question posed in the headline is yes, I am very much ready for the return of the seventies. I mean, look at those photos. How can I not be?

 

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