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Made in the ’70s

Where would this blog be without the ’70s? Where would my wardrobe be without the ’70s?! (And the ’60s, too, but let’s stick to one decade at a time).

I was reminded yesterday, whilst watching Frost/Nixon, of how valuable this decade is as a reference point for fashion today. The ’70s was, after all, the decade when ‘effortless chic’ became fashionable.

Rebecca Hall, who plays Caroline Cushing in the film (opposite Michael Sheen), is so statuesque and lithe that the jersey day dresses and backless gowns her character wears almost steal the show. Almost. Frank Langella’s sweaty upper lip does a fine job, too.

Rebecca Hall in Frost/Nixon

Italian fashion house Etro looked to the early ’70s for its S/10 RTW collection, which is currently available in the northern hemisphere. Combining romantic maxi dresses with tasselled bags and roomy silk blouses, the collection seems like it was designed with one of David Frost’s (many) beauties in mind. Here are my top three picks:

Etro S/10 RTW

Etro S/10 RTW

Etro S/10 RTW

Not-so-Unique animal instincts

As much as I appreciate the ruggedness of Unique’s London Fashion Week show, the Topshop brand’s use of antlers and fur (fur coats, fur for hair, furry eyebrows) to create a sense of animalism and earthiness fails to impress me.

Unique F/10 RTW

In 2004, Australian brand Sass & Bide featured an array of antler and skull headdresses:

Sass&Bide S/04

Viktor & Rolf did the same thing that year:

Viktor & Rolf F/04

Back then it was shocking. Now it’s desperate.

As for the blatant Where the Wild Things Are theme, I wonder if Topshop realised Opening Ceremony did something similar last year?

Needless to say, the following is certainly an outfit only a Wild Thing could love.

Unique F/10 RTW

Rod-artandcraft-e

Hype can be a terrible, terrible thing.

Take Rodarte, for example. The brand boasts A-list fans, got a mention in The September Issue (Grace Coddington: “those poor Rodart-eee girls”) and received a glowing review from one of my favourite fashion critics, Hilary Alexander, for its F/10 RTW show at NYFW; but 97 per cent of the ensembles sent down the runway this week looked like they belonged to the homeless, environmental science students, hippie brides or the Tavis among us.

If only they could eliminate the arts and crafts element, trim the fat, pare it back a little and edit … then they would have a beautiful collection on their hands.

The other 3 per cent of the collection, however, was divine:

Rodarte F/10 RTW

Rodarte F/10 RTW

Rodarte F/10 RTW

(Please excuse my appalling math skills.)

DVF ‘cougar’ dress for sale

Nothing wrong with a bit of shameless self-promotion, right? If you answered yes, please read on …

Tibi, showing at NYFW, featured a maxi dress that looked like it had been worn to game of paint ball (by a member of the losing team, no doubt).

Tibi F/10 RTW

I own a dress like this myself – ahh, it’s so nice to be ahead of the trends for a change. Smugness aside, I’m trying to sell the dress on eBay.

Mine is ’70s vintage Diane von Furstenberg, back when she was accentuating waits, not enlarging them. I purchased it from Chelsea Girl Vintage in New York last year for 500 big ones and have worn it once – I bought it with tags, albeit faded tags, still attached.

I love it, but I’m trying desperately to forget the cougar-ish night on which it was worn and am finding it difficult to do so when I continuously encounter it in my wardrobe.

Here it is. Please buy it, have yourself a Boogie Nights/’70s disco-themed night, and help a gal in need while you’re at it.

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Jacobs’ Frank approach

A name that comes to mind when viewing Marc Jacobs’ F/10 RTW collection (from the comfort of my lounge room, via Style.com) is Anne Frank.

Call me crude, but had Miss Frank survived I believe she would have blossomed into one of the women Jacobs sent down the runway yesterday – demure, earnest, prim and of course ‘serene’ (a word the fashion world is particularly fond of this week).

In terms of colour, his collection was simple, made up of greys, taupes and creams. The silhouettes and finer details, on the other hand, were much more interesting. Mid-calf-skimming dresses, fur lapels, grainy fabric and bias-cut skirts added a sense of mystery and suggestiveness; a combination so many women fail to get right.

It’s as if, with the swoop of his needle-holding hand, Jacobs has reminded us how beautiful innocence and naivete can be – it helped that the musical theme to the show was Somewhere Over the Rainbow.

And to think, I’d started to lose faith in Jacobs’ level of taste!

Marc Jacobs F/10 RTW

A wide view of DVF

What in God’s name has Diane von Furstenberg been feeding her models to make them look so … wide?

I know they were eating “carbs galore” at Thakoon (thanks to The Cut’s regular tweets), but what was on the menu at DVF? Deep-fried Mars Bar pizza?

OK, that was a tad mean. And I am all for the curvy figure – I would be a hypocrite if I wasn’t. But several of Diane von Furstenberg’s outfits added inches to the waists of normally svelte models, namely Natalia Vodianova (my personal favourite), Behati Prinsloo and Erin Heatherton. All I can say is, thank goodness they have lithe limbs.

While I’m not suggesting a cinched waist is the be all and end all, von Furstenberg would’ve done well to shorten her blazers and raise the waistbands on her capris. Proportion, proportion, proportion people!

DVF F/10 RTW

DVF F/10 RTW

DVF F/10 RTW

Truly posh clothing

I hate that I love Victoria Beckham’s F/10 RTW collection. I really do.

Call me closed-minded, but, with the exception of the Olsen twins, whenever a non-designer embarks on a ‘design’ project I automatically feel nothing but disdain for them and their creations. So much so, that if I receive a bottle of Sarah Jessica Parker perfume as a present I’ll return it the next day – and I’m an SJP fan for life. Yo.

However, Beckham’s latest endeavour has proven me wrong. The collection is so sexy, so slick, so Mad Men, so …¬†Gucci circa 2006, that I can’t help but fall for it.

Despite consisting entirely of dresses, the collection is the most commercially-viable to emerge from NYFW so far (we’ve still got Michael Kors and Donna Karan to come).

Whether or not Beckham is the creative force behind the collection, who knows. But when the dresses make women look this good, who cares!

Judge for yourself.

Victoria Beckham F/10 RTW

Victoria Beckham F/10 RTW

Victoria Beckham F/10 RTW

Beckham does lose points for lack of originality, though. Combine the above three dresses and what do you get? Keira Knightley in Gucci at the 2006 UK premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, that’s what.

Keira Knightley