I think I’ve always had a fascination with the 70’s, however being born as a 80’s (1989) baby and growing up in the 90’s, my want and desire for 70’s fashion was pushed out of my grasp by platforms and crop tops.
I remember being about 13 and buying a pair of bell bottom jeans that I found in a sale pile at the back of a local Gap store. I had saved all my hard earned money for them and was so excited to put an outfit together. I paired them with a stripped sweater and a pair of heels (I thought they were super high but they must’ve been about 2 inches)… Feeling like a million dollars I wore this outfit into the city center of Leeds (my home town) for a day out of shopping…, only to be treated like a circus act as people laughed and pointed at me. With a broken heart, my 70’s style was thrown away and put on hold.
However behind closed doors my love for the 70’s grew ever stronger. With the introduction of easy access to music, musicians such as; Black Sabbath, The Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin… who yes was technically a ’60’s’ artist but was very much a symbol of the 70’s and her personal style majorly influencing 70’s fashion, fueled my desire of all that’s 70’s.
Woodstock, the most magical and important festival to have ever occurred, was not only influential for its music but for fashion as well. With the use of effortlessly chic flowing materials and over layering prints, the iconic ‘free love’ trend was born… It will never quite be recreated, but still very much present in today’s music festivals.
With the rebirth of 70’s fashion making it’s way to 2015 high streets, you can understand my pure delight to put together my former 13 years old broken heart and let my own personal ‘Penny Lane’ (Almost Famous reference) run free. This time she won’t be going back into hibernation… the 70’s are here to stay!
Coat: Vintage Dress: H&M Bag: Vintage Necktie: Filipa Jackson Shoes: Le Chateau Sunglasses: Ray Ban
Photography by the talented: Veronika Kovecses