Tuesday, 27 January 2015 09:57

Embrace your inner Hippy for Spring

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For Spring/Summer 2015, the catwalks were awash with 70's boho references.

From swinging fringed satchels to flared denim jeans, now is the time to embrace your inner hippy and go crazy for the 1970's.

Paris Fashion Week was particularly feeling this trend with designers donning mini skirts, bold prints and floaty chiffon shirts for the coming season. Clare Waight Keller at Chloe, a brand famed for their romantic 70's style, used a-line skirts and pretty embellished blouses to get her campaign under way. Cream, camel and pristine white were the main colours running through the collection, which looked perfect against the dewy completions of the models. Saint Laurent Paris was another amazing show. Hedi Slimane, the womenswear creative director, seems to be slightly stuck in the 70's with all his previous collections for YSL featuring heavy hippy-cool pieces. This season, Cara Delevingne rocked a leopard print coat, reminiscent of the urban music industry at the time. Skinny leather trousers were paired with boxy jackets while models pounded the runway with immaculate blow dried hair.

Sonia Rykiel and Isabel Marant were other Parisian designers to take on the new wave of 70's cool, but with a more fun vibe. Shirt dresses at Sonia Rykiel were polished but cute, easily doubling up as a go to piece for winter whereas Marant went for a seemingly serene 'peace and love' theme with billowing shirts and tiny shorts with nice detailed pockets. Over at Milan Fashion Week, Gucci made subtle references to the boho era but with a more luxury spin. Frida Giannini, who will be leaving the brand in February, played with the leather good heritage Gucci is renowned for with knee high boots and tailored skirts. Deep v-neck dresses were tied neatly at the waist while colourful scarves were accessorised nicely with the stylish dresses. Just Cavalli were also inspired by icons like Jimi Hendrix and Debbie Harry, complete with bell-bottom trousers. Loose gypsy skirts in oriental style colours were worn with tan wedge heels, giving full power and a sense of Italian luxe. Very Farrah Fawcett!

If there's anything you buy for spring, make it a homage to the 1970's. Don't be afraid to go crazy for colour and extreme heels with a hint of sass. Experiment and be creative, in full 70's mode!

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