Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Swinging Sixties

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Twiggy, Edie Sedgwick and Bridget Bardot- just a few unforgettable international icons who made a significant impact upon Sixties fashion and culture.

This autumn we are encouraged to turn to such notable public figures for a bit of style inspiration, as various designers introduce a charming revival of Sixties fashion.

Regularly paying tribute to this specific decade through their unique seasonal collections, Gucci's Autumn Winter collection presents us with a modern approach to classic Sixties pieces. Predominantly consisting of soft pastel tones, the collection features a thick duck egg blue shearling coat combined with a pair of boyish cut jeans. Amongst the numerous glimpses of smooth brown leather, creative director Frida Giannini reveals her own adaptation of the snaffle loafer, transforming this timeless shoe into a boot shape whilst maintaining the traditional gold buckle the Italian fashion house originally added to the slip on shoe back in 1966. Minimalistic and slightly androgynous, Gucci's outfit provides us with a subtle, contemporary approach to Sixties fashion.

Although Gucci's garments may be lacking in pattern, Valentino presents us with striking prints that would make any MOD girl proud. Amid the array of versatile pieces designed for both day and night, Valentino's feminine collection features a deep v pop collar dress hosting a colourful print that is far from subtle: combining vertical stripes of white, black and pink with contrasting circles in crimson and white Valentino aims to make a strong impression with their Fall collection. Teamed with shoes featuring a similar pattern, Valentino opts for a playful approach to Sixties style this season, encouraging us to embrace the distinct colourful prints Sixties fashion promotes best.

Also incorporating circular prints into their collection this season is French fashion house Saint Laurent. Featuring an array of different textures, ranging from shiny studded leather to soft velvet, Saint Laurent's collection explores Sixties pop culture and its impact upon the fashion industry. Amongst the tartan skirts and tweed blazers, Saint Laurent's creative director Hedi Slimane marries a sheer black round neck blouse featuring large crimson circles with a faux fur mini skirt and black leather jacket alongside glittery Mary Janes for a youthful, multi-textural look.

But if vibrant colours and bold patterns are too much of a fashion statement this season, Saint Laurent also offers a dark, monotone solution. Comprised of an all black colour palette, Saint Laurent reveals a black tiered mini dress alongside thick black tights and a pair of shiny knee high boots for an understated, chic way of sporting Sixties fashion this season.

With plenty of examples of how to tackle this diverse trend, it's time to decide which angle you are going to take this fall- be sure not to forget the signature kitten flicks!

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