If you’ve been channeling Twiggy or Jane Birkin for the past years well kudos to you for forecasting the fashion cycle (and for those of you looking for originality you’d better spice it up if you wanna stand out from the crowd) as 2013 Spring makes a huge swing right into the 1960’s. If Marc Jacobs’ Louis Vuitton collection in Paris last season wasn’t a big 60s MOD revival warning I don’t know what was. With a green pass for all the razzmatazz of the youth culture back in the day, I really don’t know what to expect street style & retail wise today. I mean fashion from A to Z has pretty much been done, it’s just us the young spirits of today that find everything before the 80s so fresh. I just wish we came up with something different ourselves instead of always going back to the comfortable roots. Are we that bored or ignorant? Or has everything been done in terms of fashion? 2013 Spring 60s Inspired collections: 1960’s in today’s fashion…1960’s back in the day… A dip into the 1960’s – Youth Revolution, Sex Freedom, Street Styles. How it all started…
Honestly I wouldn’t hold my breath on that one, I’ve always said fashion-music-culture are all linked, so we not only lack a movement in the former but in all. Clearly our thirst for something new is there. Might be sound asleep but hey. Thank God we’ve got the past to keep us on our toes, right? The swinging 60s were the Golden Age of freedoms, with so much happening in music, politics, society, morals – that it was bound to transpose in fashion. Young people refused to be/look/act/think as their parents did. The past was constricting, booed, boring, wrong, not real. So all those 60s trademarks had quite a solid reason behind: short A-line dresses, plastic jewellery, kitten heels, bold geometric & psychedelic prints, bright colors, mini skirts. This was the time when the street fashion was invading the catwalk and when Brigitte Bardot went down in history for refusing (if not laughing in the face of) Coco Chanel, who offered to dress the young generation’s idol in elegant free of charge clothes, which Bardot dismissed saying ‘‘couture is for grannies” and stuck to her unconventional fashion boutique clothes. Could today’s designers long for a stronger backbone in our generation or are they just constantly nostalgic for the Golden Ages that had life, turmoil, purpose, anarchy & revolution in them, with all of it being reflected in fashion? Until that one clears up for me we’ve got today’s Fashion Trends to plunge into and learn a few things of the past while wearing them. According to Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton or Michael Kors – 2013 Spring is a return to all the 60s trademarks:
- mini skirts, A-line dresses,
- kitten heels,
- pointed toes,
- checkerboard & stripes prints,
- pops of bright colors,
- monochromatic outfits…
What is a different take on the 60s though, is the lack in flower prints for instance. 2013 Spring is a revival of black & white, stripes, checks and geometric prints. The cuts are simple, strong structured with quite some fun and opulent details: big earrings (think Dolce & Gabanna not 60’s plastic jewellery per se), boxy tiny bags (think those your grandma used to have) funky sun-glasses ( big 70s kind or cat-eye shades).
The streets have yet to make a 60s statement with all these, I mean we’re still stuck in winter at the end of March so I suppose grunge has still got a reason for sticking around. I haven’t seen nor found that many 1960’s screaming looks or outfits, but the idea behind a trend is to reinvent it, to adapt it, mix and match it, therefore who needs a 60s head-to-toe look when some random well chose items can get the same (or better) result. Once the sun settles in we’re bound to witness mini skirts, checks, stripes, tiny heels & cat-eyeglasses. Right? To be honest with you 60s Trend is so offering in terms of clothes, looks, styles that I really think it should be quite big, and though we might not see Twiggys passing by, we will notice cool fashionistas picking one look or item of the 60s shelves and making it work into their own styles. It’s a huge decade with a bit of something for us all. Personally I am loving the Tom-boy meets Twiggy styles with tiny T-shirts, mini skirts, huge evening chandelier earrings, granny posh bags and head scarves. Oh… and the the cat-eye shades are my all time fave. What do I hate? Those kitten heels. Can’t stand them. So I shall be sticking to the classic heeled pumps, ballet flats and gladiator sandals, thank you.
- bouffant hairstyles,
- heavy eyes
- nude lips
Best makeup & hair 60’s inspiration is at Marc Jacobs for 2013 Spring: the heavy black eyeliner is replaced by dark grey eye-shadow, a bit smudged, shadowy like, with side parted teased hair pulled back in that retro style. I love it. For different 60s looks check out Miranda Kerr’s cover (heavy low lashes – think Twiggy), Mila Kunis (soft boho 60s style), Lana del Rey (dramatic & classic) or Beyonce (slightly pin-up). Basically we’ve got a free pass to doll up and look retro chic while channeling our favorite 60s idols, and I think that’s pretty cool.
60s Inspired Beauty Looks… Recap dolls: mini skirts, black & white, pops of brights, granny bags, cat-eyeglasses, A-line dresses, stripes, checks, bouffant hair, big earrings. What’s not to love, right?