It's interesting to me that, in previous decades, the style has been fairly homogenous. There wee a few primary looks that really stood out, contributing to our relating certain styles to certain eras. These days, there are sooo many styles that are trending at the same time, making that standout look of a certain decade much more difficult to achieve. My guess is that, in future, we'll look back on these decades and find certain iconic elements, rather than particular iconic styles. Bittersweet, no?
Given my postulation above, it follows that there are quite a few decades being referenced in fashion lately. However, the leader is clearly the 70's. This trend has been strong for awhile now and it show no signs of stopping this fall. The decade of easy luxe makes patchwork, fringe and suede high upon the must-have lists. Other crucial elements are high-waisted pants (see Alicia Fox above), flared jeans and wide-leg pants. Denim anything is strongly encouraged. The Boho facet of the 70's brings lace, flowers and pretty much anything brie Bella does :). Lace also finds its way into the Artisanal trends that's going on, which is also influenced by Victorian details. High necklines (whether high-collared vintage button-downs or 70's turtlenecks) are a big look. (If you're not the turtleneck type, wrap a scarf around your neck like a choker). Along with this look comes pretty pleats, embroidery, architectural foldings, and diaphanous layers, sandwiched for warmth. Tulle skirts, as well as midi and maxi lengths, are making a serious splash as well. The late 70's also saw the advent of punk rock, which made it's way steadily into the 80's and metamorphosized into glam. That influence is obvious in the distressed denim, skinny jeans, funky Moschino collections and pointed toes that are still in vogue. Key pieces include sequined bombers (ex: Taylor Swift's Jaded London tour piece) and motorcycle jackets (see Alicia and Lana). Anything referencing Jem and the Holograms fits here too :)
.That Jem/80's/glam thing is spearheading the revival of sparkle (sequins are officially back again) and shine, as well as being responsible for the studs popping up in St. Laurent's collections and McQueen's footwear. The 90's hasn't gone away either, however, with asymetrical hemlines (see Brie Bella above) popping up a good bit as well as vestiges of plaid still out and about. The biker jackets work for the 90's too. The last critical legacy of the grunge decade for this season: combat boots. Other critical elements include fur, gray and red. So, in a nutshell: pay homage to every aspect of the 70's: Americana, denim, lace, boho, suede, fringe, punk - but spice it up with some 80's glam and some 90's garage band aesthetics. Happy Styling!
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