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roome05oq1 發表於 2013-5-14 10:59

Shake to the beat of that Seventies groove

Shake to the beat of that Seventies groove
The clothes parading in those shows are almost the literal repeat of what was going on in 1972. That was the year when the miniskirt had crashed and the midi came in, which is exactly where we are again. It was the year when we were stomping around in platforms, Oxford bags and halter-necks, when we were mooning over
Jackie
pin-up Marc Bolan in his tight satin suits, swooning over the first Roxy Music album, and wishing we were old enough to get tickets for the Ziggy Stardust tour. That was the year Carly Simon released You're So Vain,[url=http://nkeairmax1australia.webs.com/]Nike Air Max 1 Outlet[/url], and was so pretty she made us sick (and she got James Taylor, hiss). Really naughty girls took up wearing hot pants. We spent a lot of time painting our nails brown and plucking out our eyebrows (mistake). And in grown-up, faraway fashion-land,
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were full of YSL, Missoni, Halston, and Biba. That was another world, but in its parallel way, completely caught up in the same stylised Thirties and Forties glam-escapism we teenagers obsessed over. As for us, we made do with Forties dresses bought for pennies in jumble sales (the Seventies saw the beginning of "vintage", too).
To prove it to myself, I looked up 1972 in my fashion and pop music history books (not forgetting to dig out my fabulous
Best of Jackie
compendium) and, I promise, there isn't one item of clothing that would look out of place now. The flares, the zigzag knits, the halter-neck dresses, the blazers, the faux-Forties prints, the hot pants, even the frizzed hair, pageboy cuts, plum lipstick and greasy purple eyeshadow,[url=http://nikeairyeezyaustralia.webs.com/]Nike Air Yeezy 2 Online[/url]. They are all there,[url=http://nikehuaracheaustralia.webs.com/]Nike Huarache Outlet[/url], just as you'll find them in the spring/summer 2011 collections.
What to make of this? On the theory level, there is never coincidence in the timing of fashion revivals. The symmetry couldn't be more perfectly aligned. 1972 was a time of impending austerity, depressing economic news, brewing trouble between government and unions, and terrorism (the IRA, the Black September massacre at the Olympics, for example). Fashion's reaction then was to dress up and escape into nostalgia, but (with a further exquisite twist of symmetry) picking out for its inspiration the movies of the Thirties and Forties, which were, of course, yet another fashion-fantasy defence against the bleakest of times. What we have now is an echo within an echo within an echo, all edged with ironies. We are up against it now, yes, but still, there is comfort: which year - 2011,[url=http://nikeairmax95australia.webs.com/]Cheap Nike Air Max 95[/url], 1972 or 1942 - would you rather live in? Easy choice, I think.
Which is not to say I'm averse to letting a little 1972 into our lives again, style-wise, at least. As Britain was sliding downhill to the three-day week, I distinctly remember the disapproval aimed at designers,[url=http://nikefreerunsaustralia.webs.com/]Nike Free Run Outlet[/url], pop stars, girls and boys who were going around dolled up, pretending to be decadent. There was a bit of a skulking-around feeling to it, as if we weren't facing up to the grim realities, though what were we supposed to do about it if we did wasn't clear. Now I think, why not? And besides - blotting out the memory of Slade, Sweet and Gilbert O'Sullivan - there is so much in this era which is unsurpassably gorgeous, flattering and sexy. This, I think, is our excuse to have a second go at it.
Admittedly, had I not been at Tom Ford's show, I might not have had the courage to declare that. But seeing what he did for spring, not just in bringing back the styles of the Seventies, but the actual women, too, clinched it. There was Lauren Hutton in a Seventies-cut, three-piece trouser suit, hat strategically dipped below one eye. There was Marisa Berenson, goddess of Seventies high style in a gloriously decadent A-line gown. How we applauded. Nope, there is nothing wrong with going back to wearing what we first tried as girls. There is even a possibility, given judgement and higher quality clothes, we might end up looking better than we did in 1972. Now, there is a cheerful thought.

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