- Lifestyle & Sports
- 28 Apr 14
Spreading faster than a Beatles song across the airwaves, Sixties fashion is making a rapid return to sartorial heights this spring. Roe McDermott shows you how to bring the era's flirty but powerful style off the catwalks and into your wardrobe.
Paying homage to '60s icons like mini-skirt inventor Mary Quant and pillbox hat advocate Jackie Kennedy, this season’s catwalks were a theatrical throwback to a decade when all the fashion rules were broken. Go-go boots, box-shaped dresses, PVC, monochrome, polka dots, pop art, graphic prints – the choices were endless. Now, modern designers have taken the very best of these trends, "edged" them out, and dragged them into the 21st century.
DSquared’s recent collection was all about embracing that iconic mini, showing thigh-skimming fur-trimmed dresses in classic box and A-line silhouettes. Yves Saint Laurent combined mod monochrome pieces with bright bursts of canary yellow for that classic pop art palette, high-shine platform boots and rocked-out bibs adding an edgy rock chic element to '60s ensembles. Matthew Williamson embraced collared dresses and tops, and like Delpozo, Williamson worked in some pretty polkadot prints for that sweet '60s innocence. Mulberry killed it on the accessories. Their bright, bold bags easily became the It Accessory of the season.
This trend is incredibly easy to work into your wardrobe, and if you want to fully commit, it provides an adorable alternative to the '70s hippie chic that tends to dominate summer festivals. Mini-skirts and dresses are obviously a must, so look for box-shaped dresses or Peter Pan collars if you want to capture that “I moonlight as a Wes Anderson character” vibe. Palette and print-wise, graphic black and white effortlessly evokes the classic mod look. Be sure to seek out sleek patterns rather than huge, boxy designs in order to update this style. With a monochrome base, don’t be afraid to go for bold blocks of colour with your accessories. Bright yellows, oranges and reds are the perfect pop-art colours for accessories and prints, making you look like a heroine in a Roy Lichtenstein comic strip.
If going for separates, feel free to clash bold colours with monochrome prints. Bold graphic trousers and leggings are everywhere. Plus they look fantastic when teamed with bright tops. Look out for the classic ’60s shape of high-necked crop tops and boxy blouses. When it comes to coats, keep it collarless. Perspex bangles, tall boots and platform sandals are must-have accessories – and don’t forget those round sunglasses. You never know when you’re going to get snapped hanging out with Edie Sedgwick and Andy Warhol.