- Lifestyle & Sports
- 30 Aug 16
The back-to-school season is upon us, and as you return to the classroom, lecture hall or routine, this season’s trends are all about that ‘70s collegiate look.
After gracing the catwalks last year, the ‘70s are proving a goldmine of inspiration for designers – but this year there’s more of an emphasis on playful layering, contrasting fabrics and tailored shapes.
Christian Siriano combined geometric graphics in his beautifully structured wide-leg pantsuits, where his bold patterned blazers were perfectly nipped at the waist to balance the volume of the trousers. Pantsuits are a great option for those looking for versatility, as they can be worn as a show-stopping ensemble, or the pieces can be mixed and matched with your existing wardrobe. Elie Saab was all about contrasting fabrics as well as an unwavering emphasis on femininity; combining complementary tones of dusty rose in outfits that included suede mini-skirts, chiffon gypsy blouses and fur gilets. Meanwhile, Emilio Pucci added some glamour, combining marvellously bold fur jackets with rich dark velvet flares.
Statement coats and jackets were also a huge feature of the catwalks – and good thing too, given the charming unpredictability of Ireland’s weather. Jason Wu featured a lot of wide, mannish coats with slouchy shoulders and wide lapels, while Rosetta Getty and Altuzarra preferred midi and maxi-length coats, with trenches, dusters and military-inspired shapes proving popular.
The ‘70s pallette is unmistakable, with its earthy emphasis on mustard, aubergine and forest tones. While some designers remained loyal to this tried-and-tested recipe, others chose to inject some modern elements into this era’s key pieces, using colour blocking, sleek greys and blacks, and matching separates to streamline the more eccentric aspects of the trend. Look for matching pencil skirts and long-sleeved crop-tops in ‘70s hues, or modern colour combos like orange and grey for an updated version of collegiate chic.
Tailoring is your friend, and those gorgeous aubergine-toned or velvet trousers look best when they sit perfectly on your waist, and statement blazers should also show off your shape. Those famous mini-skirts look great when teamed with tight-fitting polo-necks and sweaters, with a longer coat layered over your ensemble.
But if you have your heart set on the floaty, boho, Californian style from the ‘70s, fear not – you can ignore the more structured pieces and still root out a peasant skirt and gypsy blouse. Mara Hoffman and Coach featured flowing, off-the-shoulder dresses in light and billowing fabrics, while Olivia was all about gypsy blouses – though for an updated version of this look, tuck your blouse into high-waisted pants or a skirt for a more flattering silhouette, adding a belt for definition. And while you’re looking for accessories, don’t dare forget the trademark satchel and buckled backpack. Whether you fill it with books or more clothes is up to you.