1960’s/1970’s purple hot pants

There’s a song from the 1960’s that asks the question, “Who wears short shorts?”  Many a fashion-forward female from the mid-60’s through early 70’s did!  It’s hard to imagine now, but miniskirts and hot pants were completely revolutionary and scandalous when they were introduced in the mid-1960’s, riding the tide of sweeping social change along with see-through dresses made of vinyl, disposable paper fashion, and swimsuits that happened to be missing the top.  Mary Quant, who gave us the miniskirt, is credited with designing early hot pants.  The style of these very short shorts went through its own evolution – at first, they weren’t as short as they would eventually get, and the fabrics changed over time.  A pair of hot pants like these, made of leather, in a bright hue of purple, and with conspicuous white contrasting stitches would most likely be paired with white knee boots, although a big-soled shoe would not be out of the question.  Emphasizing the smallness and youthfulness of the body was the name of the game!   Click here for more views and sizing information.

 

1970’s women’s terrycloth jumpsuit

Celebrate freedom of movement in a soft, figure-hugging, very seventies jumpsuit in beige and black.  Pair with wedge shoes to extend the vertical line of this garment and accessorize with the belt , some hoop earrings, or any other fun accessory of your choice.  Like many garments of the seventies, this is an easy-on, easy-off and washable piece.  Click here for more views and sizing information!

 

Vintage 1970’s Fashion Continues on the Catwalks

It’s not over yet. The 1970’s have made a huge impact on designers this year and from the looks of the Spring 2011 collections, the prediction that bohemian styles will still be huge in the new year is confident. Wide legged trousers in wool, easy and loose-fitting blouses in all flavors of colors, patterns and details like fun buttons, collars, cuffs and trim. Flowing skirts, mod slip-over dresses and fit-for-business button-ups.

Below are a sampling of what Bazaar magazine saw on the runways in New York. Some of the designers are new names for me so I’m looking forward to exploring their portfolios more in future posts. As always, the models are followed by similar wares from our clutches.

Proenza Schouler
Proenza Schouler
Peter Som
Peter Som
Chris Benz
Chris Benz
Michael Kors lemon shift dress
Michael Kors lemon shift dress
Suno mixing prints
Suno mixing prints
Gregory Parkinson prints
Gregory Parkinson mixing prints
Derek Lam denim trousers
Derek Lam denim trousers
Rodarte wool plaids
Rodarte wool plaids
Chris Benz easy outift
Chris Benz easy outfit
1970's matching mod print set
1970's matching mod print set
1970's petal pink metallic threaded set
1970's petal pink metallic threaded set
1970's polyester black floral blouse
1970's polyester black floral blouse
1970's vintage patchwork pencil skirt
1970's vintage patchwork pencil skirt
1970's vintage modernized white flapper fringe dress
1970's vintage modernized white flapper fringe dress

Koton : Tender Loving 70’s

Hailing from Turkey and flooding Dubai, one of the world’s stylishly glitz-filled emirates, the Koton fashion house has the major fashion magazines quietly flooded with the season’s most lush photographs. The label’s Winter 2010 advertorial is simply, fantastically, dipped in a thick, golden-hued layer of 1970’s classic charm. In adoration with every piece featured, I am thrilled at how precisely Koton nailed the feeling of the 70’s. It is all at once subdued, relaxed, nonchalant, classy, strong, feminine and crisp.

The caramel-soaked camel color palette blends in with Fall fantastically; it is a dewy hue that adds an attractive glow to many different skin shades. The shapes are strictly of the decade; wide-legged trousers, knit turtle-necks, slimming pencil skirts in solids and plaids, silky secretary blouses with front-tie over-sized bows and of course, tweed blazer jackets and the piece du jour, a three-quarter length wool overcoat.

The styling and set choice is icing on the cake – Jackie O. sunglasses, gilded overlay necklaces that resemble Irish crests, leather tooled purses, slick side parted hair, berry-tinted lips and fingers. Below are the visual treats followed by some of our own goodies for sale.

Haute Haute Halston

Unable to ignore it any longer, Fashion Week this year has had its say; The 1970’s are back. Oh, are they back. In a languid 70’s cloud of bright colors, bold clashing prints, easy silhouetted blouses, bell bottom pants and blue jeans, draped raglan flower sleeves and jumpsuits jumpsuits jumpsuits. Thus, at least one blog entry must be devoted to the era all the designers collectively deemed the it decade for style mavens now and well into the 2011.

By very definition of history, street credentials and being able to bring it all back beautifully, the house of Halston has set the 70’s bar high. Plucking popular resort wear tropical colors like tangerine, lime, sand and , combining the perfect style lines and fabrics, Halston did what they have done so well in the past; created an emotional line of clothing. The dresses scream Studio 54 fame. The wide-legged palazzo pants, front tie blouses, gold heels, bright sparkling make-up and frizzy coifs, Halston has women fantasizing about the Friday night outfit. Which will look just as fabulous when stumbling home the next morning.

Roy Halston and the gorgeous Bianna Jagger:

To accompany your Halston-inspired dress of choice; Dip every nail in a different resort color. Smiley face eyes optional.

From our closet, for sale: