Spring Trends: The 1970s

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1970s spring trends isabel marant styleonthecouchIn an effort to re-focus my thoughts on the warmer months despite the ongoing snow showers in the UK this Easter holiday weekend, Blog Reader, I’m starting a series of ‘spring trends’ posts. I’ll be interweaving these with reviews of the catwalk shows I loved for autumn winter 2013 too.

First up, the 1970s, a theme which appeared in many collections including Saint Laurent Paris, Fendi, Gucci and Isabel Marant.  When I think of the 1970s I think of Love Story and Annie Hall; bias cut dresses; black leather; preppy style; trouser suits and layering.  Gucci’s sky blue and pink pairings for spring reminded me too well of the polyester* offerings you can find in charity shops from that era, and Marant’s boho vibe was reminiscent of Woody Harrelson’s outfits in Linklater’s Dazed & Confused….

One part of this trend I particularly admire is the wide-brimmed hats such as those Slimane sent down the catwalk.  I recently bought a fedora from Reiss – sadly no longer available but I’d recommend Borsalino for similar styles.  If you are in London, try Liberty department store for hats, they have a wonderful selection, always.

Here are some 1970s inspired styles, if you like this trend for your summer wardrobe:

Paige Denim flared Lou Lou jeans

A very Saint Laurent Paris – like pussybow blouse from Iris and Ink

This Halston Heritage coral gown.

Paisley babydoll dress from Oysho at ASOS; Warehouse Paisley print dress.

And let’s not forget the big sunglasses – like this Marni pair reduced from 260 to 130 GBP on The Outnet.

*I am, Blog Reader, quite sure that Gucci does not design using polyester by the way.

More spring trends to follow! Have a lovely weekend.

Photos: Elle.com

Paris Diary 2: Photo Journal

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In the second part of my Paris series – a few travel snapshots.  The Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, walks around Saint Germain, The Marais and along the Seine… I loved walking up to the Sacred Heart Basilica of Montmartre and seeing views across the city (shame about the clouds!) and Notre Dame at night was quite spectacular.

Thank you to Kasia, Anne and Cee for being wonderful hosts to us in Paris!

Photos: William Williams et moi (you can see more pictures from the trip over on Instagram)

Monochrome Twist: FYI by Dani Read Leg Harness

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These photos probably give you the best idea of how I like to have fun with a monochrome outfit.  I’m a big subscriber to the idea that simple is best, but sometimes simple can be too much so and needs a little edge to make a standout difference.  I wrote about FYI by Dani Read earlier in the year; she caught my eye with her brand statement ‘Women Are Weapons’TM.    This leg harness goes perfectly with my high-waisted jeans from Urban Outfitters.  I’m a total convert to the high waist since my thirties and even more so since seeing the wonderful post-Edwardian costumes on Downton Abbey.  I wear these jeans endlessly – with a high heel and a high waist I find I look so tall – I love it!

These photos make me smile because they represent to me a change and a new time in my life.  Now back in the UK after my adventures in the United States I’m taking stock, re-connecting with old friends, making new acquaintances and planning some exciting adventures for 2013.  This weekend I head over to France to spend New Year’s Eve in Paris!  A wonderful city of love and light, its elegance captured me completely the last time I was there.  You can follow me on instagram and twitter for updates during my travels.  Have a wonderful NYE and I’ll post my Paris photos very soon.

Wearing: FYI by Dani Read leg harness, ASOS white vestUrban Outfitters high-waisted jeans, STOP bootCarvela by Kurt Geiger.

Photos: William Williams.