With every season that comes and goes, we witness the rebirth of trends from many different decades and eras. Personally, I feel the fashion of the 1960’s will never really become ‘out dated’, as out of all other decades from the 20th century, it showed the most class, individuality and authenticity. AW 16/17 in particular, has incorporated the fashion of the 1960’s to a huge degree. Here’s 5 trends from that decade that I just can’t get enough of..
Jacqueline Kennedy’s (Faux) Fur Coat
The leopard fur craze took off in the early 1960’s, with Jackie Kennedy, the decade’s major fashion icon, styling it to sheer perfection. There will always be something very luxurious and chic about this trend, the First Lady pairing the bold print with an otherwise subtle, understated attire. Of course, during the 1960’s, there was far less emphasis on the conservation and protection of animals than there is today, and thankfully, as the trend reintroduces itself into this year’s AW 16/17 collections, it does so in the form of faux fur only. The stunning piece pictured here is from River Island’s current collection and is 100% free of animal cruelty.
Audrey Hepburn’s Crisp White Shirt
Although it could be said that the beautiful Audrey was responsible for setting many trends that are still adored today, the crisp white shirt is my personal favourite. The trend was first made popular in her debut film Roman Holiday. The white buttoned down shirt paired with a full skirt and belt was an original concept showcasing a new, feminine spin on the man’s shirt. She later styled it with simple cigarette trousers for a more casual look, and in my opinion, looked most beautiful of all when she simply rocked the shirt alone, oversized, giving the perfect balance between gracious and sexy. The Poplin shirt dress from Zara as shown above is both structured and feminine, a perfect take on Hepburn’s original trend.
Anita Pallenberg’s Frills
Ruffles and frills are everywhere this season, featuring in everything from high street casual wear to the most luxurious designer gowns. During the 60’s, actress, fashion designer and rock n’ roll muse Anita Pallenberg was known for donning this trend on many occasions. While her take on this particular style was generally quite an edgy, grunge one, the frills and ruffles of this season’s collections have a much more glamorous feel to them. You can get the look for yourself with these gorgeous metallic tops from River Island, which come n both gold and silver.
Brigitte Bardot’s ‘Bardot’ Top
The Bardot trend has been increasingly popular over the last few season’s, staying firmly present in almost every brand’s AW 16 collection. Brigitte Bardot was of course the icon behind this timeless style, which reveals the perfect amount of skin while still remaining classy and versatile enough for every season. The trend basically consists of bare shoulders, while the sleeves can take on a variety of styles. Shown above is a loose, flowy sleeve contrasted with a more structured, collared style.
Twiggy’s Metallic Block Heel
Whenever I think of 60’s footwear, I instantly visualise the block heel. Twiggy, considered by many as the face of the UK Mod era, was seldom seen without a pair, and her favourites appear to have been anything metallic. Everyone from Carvela and Steve Madden to RI and even Penneys are all over this trend for autumn/winter. Personally, I’d love to see the block heel stick around in the trends as they’re no doubt 10x more comfortable and versatile for taking from daywear to nighttime.