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 Fashion Week Series: 1. Saint Laurent Paris SS13

Hedi Slimane’s much-anticipated first collection for Saint Laurent Paris (formerly Yves Saint Laurent) was a mix of country and western meets urban chic, with a hint of the 70s thrown in.  Staying true to ‘le smoking’ style and paying tribute to YSL, a series of trouser suits – modernized by pussy bows producing a flash of femininity – were followed by dramatic flowing gowns in black and jewel tones and wide brimmed hats.

The dark and perhaps witchy feel to the collection has been criticized by some but I really liked it because it matches my own style aesthetic.  I will never argue with a dramatic gown, a flowing cape or any amount of leather and chiffon.

It was perhaps that the styles were relatively minimalist (despite the cowboy tassels and the glam rock colours) that I was able to like them so much. Above and below, my two favorite dresses from the collection.

Another great feature of SS13 was immaculately tailored slim trousers, perfected beautifully here by Slimane.  I would really like some pants similar to that in the second picture down – any high street versions you can recommend, Blog Reader, leave me a comment below.

Black on black, deeply sexy and dramatic, romantic and a little mysterious.  A great first collection from Slimane.

Images: Vogue.com

Get Smart: Theory, River Island & Fortnight Lingerie

I’m on a really smart, simple and classic clothing kick right now.  Likely influenced by the streamlined looks at DKNY and Saint Laurent Paris during the recent fashion weeks, I’ve been wearing my River Island blazer non stop (when Austin weather permits it) and I’ve dug out my smart trousers too.

A couple of weekends ago in Texas I travelled to Lake Buchanan and the weather was cool enough for this outfit, mixing a little lingerie as outerwear with some tailoring. This bralette is from Fortnight who you might remember from one of my Friday lingerie features (here).  I’ll bring you their new collection soon –  I swoon over their bodysuits and slips.

These low slung pants were one of my sample sale finds from New York City.  Oh how I miss those sales – bargains galore.  I find Theory a great place to shop for simple and sophisticated pants and sweaters – these Max C Wool Blend Pants are so flattering because the fabric has a little stretch and the slight flare / great length makes my legs look like they go on for miles.  One potential downside is that I need a very high heel for wearing them.  You could get them taken up if that worries you (watch that this doesn’t affect their perfect flare, mind you).

When I was trying to think of a name for this post I toyed with the idea of ‘smart is sexy’ because I’m really into masculine tailoring with a feminine twist at the moment.  In the end (as you can see) I went with ‘get smart’ – because I don’t think we should ever forget, Blog Reader, the impact of well fitted, tailored clothes.

Wearing: Theory pants; River Island blazer; Bralette, Fortnight Lingerie.