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Loving…the 70s

It was my friend’s new ‘fro hairstyle that caught my attention and forewarned me of the revival of 70s fashion this coming winter. My dazzling friend is working her new look with confidence – picture a 2011 version of Foxxy Cleopatra. I plan to work this season’s 70s look more subtly and am enthused to discover that the resurgence of this era does not necessarily entail flared trousers or nasty synthetic fabrics.

Key elements of the 70s trend that are carried through this season include:
Colour – chocolate, mustard, mocha, cream and earth tones illuminated with coral, tomato red and turquoise.
Print – Simple geometric patterns, often colour-blocked in tonal colours or with black, grey and cream (rather than the bright, clashing colours from the original era).
Fabric – Tweeds, fine gauge knits, shearling and suede.

With a little help from the following Melbourne labels we’ll all be looking retrolicious in no time this season.

1. Arthur Galan AG has opted for subdued tones of chocolate, latte and grey this season. Simple tunic styles appear throughout Galan’s AW11 collection, along with thigh-high leather boots and waistlines defined with thin leather belts. Shearling also makes a come back through cropped and thigh length jackets.

2. Also making an appearance in Country Road’s AW11 collection, shearling is ‘dressed down’. Pair your shearling vest with desert boots for a an edge.

3. A versatile coat is the staple of any winter wardrobe. The duffle coat was a prominent style throughout the 1970s and Gorman have successfully recreated (and improved upon) a new version in their AW11 collection. The Picnic Duffle Coat is a modern update on a classic, featuring white fur trim and tan leather fastenings at the centre front.

4. Tan accessories are also key – think tan leather used in items such as clogs, desert boots, tasselled leather bags and leather belts. Diluca Eyewear’s tortoise, black and smoke fade lens Aviator-style sunglasses will complement those rich tan accessories on sunny winter days.

5. Clogs and chunky, stacked heals are still prevalent this season. Anna Mason’s cut-out sling-backs with punched leather detailing and a peep toe are a cute option that will transition nicely from autumn into winter when they can be paired with tights.

6. Whilst the general mood of 70s inspired garments leans towards caramel and earth tone colours this season, brands like Lenko have pops of colour covered. In small doses, these injections will brighten up any dreary winter day (as well as your mood). Look for colours such as warm mustard, coral or tomato red and turquoise which contrast beautifully against grey and black.

7. If all else fails, 70s colour can be introduced with a piece of jewellery, such as earrings or a bracelet. Damselfly have a great selection complete with peace signs for the ultimate retro fix.

Pretty prose by Courtney Symes

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