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

Highlighter AG Jeans: Purple and Peplum

Just before the humidity became overwhelming in New York this month, Blog Reader, I took these highlighter purple Stilt jeans from Adriano Goldschmied out for a spin around the East Village.

Photos: Lydia Hudgens.

Back in January at the Texworld USA apparel fabrics show in NYC, several of the trend-focussed seminars talked about the rise of coloured and printed denim and related jeanswear fabrics.  This shows no sign of stopping into fall but darker colours (crimson reds, sea greens) are back on the menu, along with leather (who wants to buy me these?) and metallic (for example here.).  I almost rolled my eyes into the back of my head, Blog Reader, when pastel and neon coloured trousers became popular*, but having spent a week in Austin where the colours are bright and the sun is always shining, I can appreciate the need for lighter denim.

I’m quite a fan of the Stilt variety of jeans by AG Jeans – they have a nice soft feel and stretch to them and they come in a range of fabrics, including ikat and tie dye print. The highlighter purple colour goes perfectly with my bargain Marni heels from Moss Austin which I bought last year.

A platform shoe might feel a little unbalanced with the skinny jeans I guess, but the shape  of the heel is so uniquely Marni I quite like showing it off regardless :-) Paired with a simple peplum top from H&M I was brunch-ready this day.

Wearing: Marni heels from Moss Austin; The Stilt jean from AG Jeans; peplum top from H&M, leather bracelet, Bordelle.

Have a wonderful weekend, Blog Reader! This Sunday I’m shooting photos of my new Atsuko Kudo latex skirt for the blog, along with some of the dreamy summer designs from Alice Yim. Next week I have an update for you on Urban Outfitters denim styles for fall and on Friday a look at the new collection from Lascivious, a brand I adore, who launch their new lingerie collection on Monday. Do pop back next week!

*A skill I am becoming adept at as Brit in NYC but I don’t think the Americans like me for it :-)

StyleOnTheCouch Loves: BCBG

BCBG Max Azria‘s Spring Summer 2012 presentation revealed a series of bold geometric shapes on the catwalk.  Despite the saturation of orange and teal colours which aren’t usually to my personal taste, I was a huge fan of this collection!  I loved the pleats combined with the chiffon and the many variations on a theme without anything that strayed too far from the overall silhouette

Another reason I may have been drawn to this collection is the athletic, sporty feel to it.  I often think that clothing loses a degree of sex appeal when this is done but Max and Lubov Azria retained this with folds of chiffon, a side slit here and there and some well positioned cut outs.

I asked freelance fashion journalist and wardrobe stylist Matthew Anderson to tell me more about the BCBG woman and the philosophy behind the brand.  I met Matthew in New York through my friend Ashley (Cocktail Chic) – he works as a stylist within the retail division for BCBG Max Azria in SoHo, NY:

“BCBG, which stand for bon chic bon genre; meaning good style good attitude, is a luxury women’s brand founded in 1989. The collections are geared towards the “urban muse.”  This is a woman that is confident and stylish. She is always keeping pace with her ever changing lifestyle and consistently evolving needs. Each piece of the collection is curated with the female silhouette in mind, accentuating her beauty and femininity with a polished aesthetic.  Founder/ Head Designer Max Azria and Chief Creative Director Lubov Azria are constantly researching to pull out the hidden and special details of each fabrication to create a covetable wardrobe for the modern fashionista”

Back in Montreal I was exploring BCBGeneration, the younger and more casual line of the BCBG brand.  I found this gorgeous black cowl back dress with a fun asymmetrical hemline that felt like perfect day wear for me.  I think that the ‘Generation’ range is competitively priced and offers similar styles to the contemporary and designer collections.  I’ve worn my dress non stop since I bought it so already I feel it was a fabulous investment.  I’ve paired it several times with my Marni heels from Moss Austin:

This dress is definitely going into the suitcase for my trip to California next week.  What do you think of the BCBG Spring / Summer collection, Blog Reader? And what do you think of the BCBG collections overall?