Fashion Trends For Fall 2017 Inspired By Cult Sixties Film Blow-Up – The Sixties are described as ‘swinging’ for a reason: fashion flourished and fluctuated. London was the place to be – a youth revolution pounded through the streets, bringing with it never-before-seen ways of dressing and hot new careers such as photography. To be Brit was to be hip – and tonight, as part of Film4’s Summer Screen Festival, Somerset House celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Michelangelo Antonioni’s Sixties cult classic Blow-Up. The mod thriller follows a fashion photographer through London’s thriving scene, with much of its success stemming from its stylistic quirks. Those quirks are proving relevant on the fall winter 2017 catwalks, too: with the anniversary in mind, Fashion Design Weeks looked at Vogue compilation of Blow-Up‘s finest fashion moments that still feel right for this season and decided to share them with you.
If there’s one fashion piece that represents perfectly the decade of the film, it’s the bright block-coloured tights modelled by Sixties icons Jane Birkin and Gillian Hills. Combined with a mini shift dress, a bright pair of tights or stockings confirmed their wearer as a Baby Boomer – the ‘little girl’ look that dominated the capital. Today, Demna Gvasalia and his alternative eye revamping the classics at Balenciaga brought those block coloured legs in faintly sickly acid hues back.
What’s a Sixties fashion-led film without a model-of-the-moment? Enter Veruschka, who plays herself, and styles a dazzling, daring black cocktail dress for a studio shoot with photographer Thomas. Fifty years on and the look is back on the catwalks, reinvented in three different lengths by Michael Kors.
Patricia is the shadowy girlfriend of Thomas, who remains out of sight for much of the film. Yet when she surfaces, she does so with panache, opting for fashion choices that exempt her from the obvious Swinging crowd. Fast-forward to Acne Studios, and it’s back again as the perfect base layer for a chunky cream knit
The Sixties predilection for bold, simple pattern is writ large during a studio shoot scene with six models. (“No, you’re all lost. Start again. Start again. Rethink it,” says the photographer Thomas.) All eyes are on the first model, Jill Kennington, who stands strikingly in a box-structured jacket composed of contrasting stripes – a punchy print that made a splashy appearance on the Marques’Almeida fall winter 2017 runway.
Vanessa Redgrave’s Jane provides the mystery element of the film, simultaneously challenging every stereotypically feminine look that’s previously been served. That forward-thinking attitude powers on today at Mulberry, with plaid-heavy looks dominating its fall collection. Style it head-to-toe for a look that effectively slims the silhouette.
Veruschka strikes again – this time in an all-eyes-on-me total snakeskin look. And who better to channel an extreme sense of animalism today than Alessandro Michele? His signature codes as a designer have sealed Gucci’s modern identity, one facet of which is a serpent obsession. For fall, the directive was clear: ladylike and waspy, snakeskin plus headscarf plus top-handle bag equals chic.
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