By Marwan Naaman
The stylishly retro TV series “Mad Men” may be ending its addictive seven-year run, but the 1970s fashions that dominated the final season of the hit show are more fashionable than ever. This spring and summer, the top French and Italian labels look back to the hippie decade and revive some of the most delightful and iconic styles of the ‘70s. Trapeze dresses, tie-dyes and patchwork prints show that the years may have gone relentlessly by, but that in the fashion world, the ‘70s never really ended.
Frida Giannini, for her penultimate season at Gucci, goes wild with a patchwork pattern that serves as inspiration for the collection’s print, and she uses it to adorn a pajama set and shirtwaist dress, among others. Over at Emilio Pucci, a brand that has always been, at its core, quintessentially ‘70s, Peter Dundas infuses unadulterated sexiness into his looks, with embroidered flowers and studs, tie-dye tent dresses, lots of fringe details and even hippie beading.
Clare Waight Keller elevates the ‘70s to utter elegance with a spring/summer 2015 collection for Chloé that takes its inspiration from hippie and boho chic, but turns the looks upside down with stripped-back, clean styling and graceful silhouettes. Ranging from denim-washed knits to lace and trapeze dresses, the looks manage to hark back to the ‘70s, but at the same time feel cool and contemporary.
The hippie feel also takes center stage at Etro, with a chic collection that channels the legendary Zandra Rhodes – think flowing layers and neckerchief hems – while highlighting ponchos, vests, beads and flowing skirts. A Native American feel pervades much of the collection – check out a Native American print mini dress with black fringing paired with knee-high suede boots.
The ‘70s vibe carries onto various other collections, including those of Saint Laurent, Roberto Cavalli and Valentino, showing that even though the Summer of Love and Woodstock are gone forever, their spirit endures well into the 21st century.