Sorry about the massive delay in blogging! I’ve been insanely busy since my work contract ended (a week today!) and between meals out, seeing old friends and temping, I’ve had little time to blog. Some exciting news though – I was asked to to guest blog at The Glass Pineapple – which is basically an online marketplace for independent brands and up-and-coming designers. It’s not launched yet (you’ll have to wait a month for that) but you can see the blog section. Because I love you all, I thought I’d show you my writing piece. I was lucky enough to be given the chance to write about the Sixties trend we’ve seen for SS13 and as you know – the Sixties are my favourite decade. So, I jumped at the chance and this is the result!
Listen to any fashion journalist or blogger during London Fashion Week and you are sure to hear “bold prints”, “paisley” and “mini dress” as some of the major SS13 buzzwords. These buzzwords alone will tell you that the Sixties are here to stay for SS13! Jane Birkin, Edie Sedgwick and Brigitte Bardot were all used as inspiration in creating these Sixties inspired collections, as designers clamoured to imitate their favourite 1960s icons. The Sixties has been a huge presence this coming season, and took on many forms; from psychedelic print, to flower power to St. Tropez glamour.Promising new talent, Simone Rocha, the daughter of fashion legend John Rocha, injects more than a mere hint of the Sixties into her SS13 collection. Rocha, inspired by “young romance” allowed an old fashioned love story to unfold before our eyes, striking a balance between playful flower power and edginess. With models sporting messy asymmetric bangs and ponytails, the daisy broderie anglaise collared dresses took on a school-girl charm. The retro uniform vibe was also added to with neat collars and Perspex brogues and carried off with a sweet twist – literally! The collection featured a mouth-watering range of colours; ranging from peppermint white, liquorice black, soft caramel to sherbet citrus.
(Image from http://simonerocha.com)
During LFW, Moschino championed two of the biggest trends of SS13; Sixties and stripes. Mirroring the technological advances of the 1960s, we saw this line move from a sea of black and white pieces into a new wave of bright colours, including citrus hued colour blocking. The main focus seemed to be tailored jackets and mini dresses with minimalist detailing, a nod to the Mod movement of the 1960s. The flower power theme also made an appearance, with a plethora of floral embellishments. The bouffant hair many of the models, including Cara Delevingne, sported also contributed to the stylish and sophisticated 1960s vibe.
(Image from http://www.vogue.co.uk)
St Martin’s graduate Ekaterina Kukhareva stole the show at the Vauxhall Fashion Scout, taking more than a subtle cue from the 1960s. Models marched down the catwalk to Sixties music, complete with beehives, brightly coloured headbands and large sunglasses. The key features to this collection were large geometric prints and sweet pastel hues to catch the eye. Kukhareva cited Sixties starlet Brigitte Bardot as her inspiration, and it’s easy to imagine Ms. Bardot strutting down St. Tropez in these designs. This range heavily features maxi dresses, beach wear and jumpsuits, demonstrating an ability to take the wearer from the beach to nightlife.
(Image from http://www.vogue.co.uk)
Bardot was also used as a point of reference in PPQ’s SS13 line, with models sporting bouffant ponytails and candy pink lips. This line has been described as something of a “mixed bag”, featuring nautical stripes teamed with oversized hats, paisley printed mini-dresses and jumpsuits and brightly coloured maxi dresses. However, Molyneaux and Parker describe their line as having a “slick, psychedelic feel…to create a non-stop look”, suggesting eclectic was indeed their aim. The oversized accessories and beach friendly fabric suggest that this is another line continuing the “St. Tropez” vibe.
(Image from http://www.ppqclothing.com)
How to capture the SS13 Sixties Style:
1. For the sugary sweet innocence of Simone Rocha’s SS13 line, see Romwe. Remember to accessorise with school girl brogues and a satchel!
2. For Moschino’s Sixties & Stripes look, rock a monochromatic dress.
3. Take yourself from day to night with this paisley ASOS dress.
4. Be Brigitte in this patterned shift dress from Zalando.