How the 70s Shaped the Fashion World

I admit it, I am an avid fan of the world of seventies fashion and costumes. I love the ostentatiousness of this era, and its blatant disregard for subtlety or elegance. Which decade can lay claim to flared trousers, concord collars and ‘big’ curly hair? And which decade gave birth to disco music, and disco fashion? Why the 70’s of course!

It’s my argument that the 1970s gave birth to the modern fashion world! Indeed, you only have to look to the catwalks and the world of Haute Couture to realise that the trend towards theatricality in fashion has its roots in the 70s. Look at designers like Vivienne Westwood, and you’ll see an extreme aesthetic born of the 1970s punk era. And there are countless other designers that also take their inspiration from this period.

But just what is it about the fashions of this era that proves so appealing to people? First of all I would say that it’s the sense of boldness and confidence. Flared trousers are a great example of this. Are they practical or sensible? No. Do they look elegant in the traditional sense? No again. But do they make you smile and make an impact? Yes!

Look at TV programmes such as ‘Starsky and Hutch’ and you will witness a range of clothes that will make your eyes pop. The main characters sport thick jumpers with patterned designs. Strangely enough these kinds of jumpers are fashionable once more! These guys also permed their hair and wore big ‘over the top’ sunglasses. Subtle they were not, but man did they look cool!

Another totally cool character from the world of Starsky and Hutch was the totally brilliant ‘Huggy Bear’. As well as bearing one of the best names of any character in television he also helped to form the ‘pimp’ look. This included one piece ‘leopard skin’ suits, canes, wide brimmed hats and of course the obligatory ‘big’ sunglasses. Hip Hop artists in recent years have helped to bring this look back to the forefront of popular culture and fashion.

Of course one of the most extreme fashions from the 1970s was punk. This was born of the punk rocker music movement, and it embodied the sense of anger and disenfranchisement of the youth of that era, particularly in the UK. Bands like The Sex Pistols helped to rock the very foundations of the political and cultural world and also changed the face of fashion. Tight denim, Mohawks and bovver boots were the order of the day, and this stripped down but rebellious aesthetic helped symbolise the energy and anger of these young men and women. And whilst the punk movement isn’t with us now in the strictest sense, it has helped to influence countless bands of the 90s and beyond, such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and the Foo Fighters.

Of course the movement that helped define the 70s the most was Disco. Films such as ‘Saturday Night Fever’ helped to popularise disco music and its fashions. Who can forget the way that John Travolta looked in that white suit and black shirt, and of course, his big hair and gold medallion. Indeed when most people dress in 70s costumes it is this look that they try to emulate most.

I hope this brief journey through the world of the 1970s has helped to convince you just how influential this era was in terms of defining our modern attitude to fashion and style. As far as I’m concerned even now the 1970s rule!

Head Scarves Hit the Fashion World

Head scarves. One particular accessory that is making a comeback and has made the fashion world excited since the start of the year is the wonderful head scarf. On a prominent fashion week, the use of a head scarf completed the designs of many fashion designers. Although styles differed from simple to grandiose, the versatility of the scarf was displayed as models marched down the runway with heads covered in scarves.

So while it’s true that head scarves have not really been outdated, they are definitely a bigger trend this year. They can add drama to any outfit, smarten up your look, give off an air of nostalgia, or just add a whimsical touch to your getup. The reputation of this accessory as truly versatile and useful cannot be denied with its long history of usage going back to the fourteenth century.

Since that period, many extraordinary and beautiful women throughout history like Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy Onassis have worn scarves over their heads to symbolize their grace and celebrate their femininity. Their head scarves not only enhanced their physical beauty but also helped them express an image of an elegant woman.

Well, times today have certainly changed from the 1950s. Today, we are used to such a fast pace of living and women just do not have the luxury of time to dress up as much as they want to and look elegant as women did back then. Something as uncomplicated as wearing a head scarf can add a touch of sophistication that can be difficult to achieve today.

Some of the widely used fabrics to make scarves are silk, chiffon, satin, wool, cotton, rayon, and polyester. The most luxurious fabrics are cashmere and pashmina, which are the finest types of wool. A very popular type of head scarf is the pashmina-silk blend because of its superior softness and rich appearance. Scarves also come in a wide range of designs so there is surely one to match your style.

Another thing that’s great about scarves is the fact that it can be worn by women and men alike, whether young or old. You’ve probably already noticed several young celebrities wearing head scarves as either thick hair bands to keep their hair pulled neatly back or as fashionable turbans by wrapping the scarves around the head and tying the ends of the scarf in a tidy knot at the back.

An alternative to the style above is tying the ends into a knot behind the ear and letting the ends fall freely on the shoulders. While some use scarves for aesthetic purposes to highlight their face or hairstyle, for instance, others choose to use scarves for protection from wind, rain and other natural elements.

One of the practical uses of head scarves is to cover the heads of people who are losing their hair such as cancer patients. Now, a scarf worn as a head piece is no longer limited to those dealing with hair loss as more and more women embrace this trend and make the scarf their number one must-have accessory for the year.

Although many young women initially thought head scarves are unfashionable, it’s not difficult to see how these accessories have won the hearts of fashionistas worldwide. Scarves are diverse, easy to bring, and can be worn in many ways and paired with practically any wardrobe.

As fashion experts predicted at the end of 2008, the scarf is indeed one of the hottest fashion items this year. For some time, scarves were ignored as just another accessory but the versatility of this garment has been re-discovered and now, depending on the type of head scarf used and how it was worn, it continues to add an interesting, glamorous or elegant flair to a getup.

5 Top Classic Handbags In Fashion World

Handbag is always the symbol of one’s status and personal taste. In the past 10 years, ‘It-bag’ has even become a social phenomenon. Now let’s have a look at the 5 most popular original designer handbags in the fashion world.

Hermes Birkin

In the recent years, Hermes Birkin handbags are absolutely one of the most well-known and heartbeat handbags. The unique exterior texture structure, classic elegant design and astronomical high prices together make them be evergreen in the fashion stage. It seems that Hermes Birkin bags will not step down from the stage of fashion history.

Fendi Spy

Fendi Spy series bags are definitely worthy of the name of ‘It-bag’. Once launched to the public, this series of bags quickly became the big favorite of female stars, and in just a few months later it became the most common bags in New York Canal Street. The peculiar design and lavish colors, together with the ever-changing patterns, make this Spy suitable for women in the different ages. No matter it is the model with the eye-catching designer’s signature or the gorgeous and elegant black leather classic item, there is always one exact type catering to your taste.

Chanel 2.55

How can a small handbag become a big trouble? Yes, taking such a classic bag out is really troublesome. Even the fashion master Chanel had the worry after frequently losing handbags in some social gatherings. However, this is what inspired the fashion genius. In February 1955, Chanel launched this new art work which brought about a revolution (from which the name of Chanel 2.55 chooses). Firstly changing the military image of the straps, she added more female elements to the female dresses.

Balenciaga City Motorcycle

What make this piece of bag distinctive? The answer is neither the pockets which is tier upon tier nor the hand-feeling tassels, but its unique leather texture which is natural soft and even has the cupped surface. Various sizes and endless colors make fashion enthusiasts cannot help having a try with it. In the past 10 years, people’s fashion on it is only to rise.

Louis Vuitton Speedy

Adhering to LV’s ‘fashionable forever’ concept, Speedy is also in the ongoing updates all the times. After Marc Jacobs took over the brand, he especially focused on the effect of the new generation culture. To understand the sense of fashion of different cutting-edge artists, he has constantly contacted with some great modern artists. And people like Stephen Sprouse, Takashi Murakami, Sofia Coppola and Kanye West etc. have also made great contributions to build a good platform between this old-line classic brand and the pop culture of the younger generation.