Are the Sixties Swinging Back into Fashion…Again?


This week, so far, has been beautifully, plain sailing & very uneventful. The only hangover from the disaster that was last week, is an, as yet unresolved, but definitely disputed parking ticket!!

But enough of that…on to far more interesting stuff!

I have to admit, that when I was pulling together my post about S/S ’13 trends, I omitted ‘The Sixties’ look on purpose.

With my designer hat on, I decided that this trend was probably the least commercial of all the trends/ looks out there.

In my opinion, this is a trend that will probably do well at both, the higher and lower ends of the fashion market, but will struggle in the middle.

None the less, ‘The Swinging Sixties’ are definitely back, and after telling you about the sixties inspired, flat/ mid heeled shoe trend that is about to rock up; it felt right that I should post about this new trend set to sweep the nation!

So here are my musings on the important ’60’s Modernist’ trend.

Louis Vuitton showed cute, boxy shapes in Sixtie’s geometric prints and patterns. You’d require nerves of steel and a suitcase full of confidence, to feel comfortable wearing this look head to toe. However mixed back to a solid colour, or worn as an accessory, it starts to be a lot less scary.

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Bold prints and clean shapes again, brought a very uncluttered, Edie Sedgwick look to the Marc Jacobs show. I love this knit and with skinny jeans or a pencil skirt, it’s not difficult at all.

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Moschino played with two shapes that scream Sixties, the mini skirt and mini dress.

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And at Markus Lupfer, the Sixties reference was more subtle. His use of metallic ‘ Barbarella’ inspired fabrics added a sci-fi edge to the collection.

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How is it feeling so far?

If the clothing is not for you, how about…hair and make up, which also looked to the ‘Swinging Sixties’ for inspiration?

I know, I know, these are unblemished, fresh faced 18 year olds for God Sake!

I’m quietly confident, (and maybe a touch optimistic) that with a bit of mascara cleverness, these Sixties sex bomb looks can be tweaked for all.


Am I off my head? Is this wishful thinking!?!!?

The Jane Birkin look at John Paul Gaultier

The Jane Birkin look at John Paul Gaultier

Left: Louis Vuitton, right: Marc Jacobs

Left: Louis Vuitton, right: Marc Jacobs

So how has the high street interpreted the Sixties trend?

At the moment it’s slim pickings, but this could well change as the we move further towards high summer.

The items that I did find, were tellingly, at the lower priced end of the high street.

To me, this speaks volumes. It’s saying that the Sixties trend, unless done to slick, perfection, at designer level, is probably more appropriate for anyone under 25 years of age.

The mid priced brands have opted to play it safe so far, and have gone for the easier, black and white ‘Monochrome’ sell. I’m betting that this will be their safe, nod and a wink towards Sixties.

Being a touch over 25;-) my nod and wink to this key change decade, will be one of the  following:

A) Wear well chosen items of the Markus Lupfer variety and mix them back to none retro / vintage pieces.

B) Choosing Sixties inspired accessories that will subtly do the job.

C) Avoid this trend like the plague!

What are your thoughts on this?

Am I making a fuss about nothing?


4 thoughts on “Are the Sixties Swinging Back into Fashion…Again?

  1. Hi there! This is a trend that I much prefer admiring on others rather than wearing myself! I may well get a shirt in black and white stripes though, I do like this for a modern take on this look xx

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