Thursday, August 2, 2012

That 70's Look: Kate Hudson in Almost Famous

One of my favourite fashion decades has always been the 1970's. As everyone's heads were filled with notions of freedom, love, drugs, sex and rock'n'roll, fashion eventually mimicked these ideals and created some of the greatest pieces of style the world has ever seen. What would we be today without those dirty hippies who popularized bell-bottoms, sequins, peasant-blouses and wearing flowers in your hair?

Similarly, one of my favourite films has always been Almost Famous (1996). It tells the story of a young aspiring rock'n'roll-journalist, in the early 1970s, who falls for the charming Penny Lane, a self-created "Band Aid", who travels with rockstars because she loves their music. She spends her time partying with bands and their posses, all the while looking incredibly stylish. She is an outwardly independent, yet alluringly naive, make-love-not-war hippie-at-heart. Out of all film characters' wardrobes, this is the one I would most want to raid.

What I always found so appealing about Penny's clothes was the way they were put together. She would wear a white laced cropped top with dark jeans and her signature feathered coat (right), or she would wear a pink and purple long-sleeved top with a white fur hat whilst taking a pee. As long as something was laced, had fur (faux, I'm guessing) or flowers, it was pretty much a hit. This is the general rule I go by.
My favourtie Penny Lane look is, without a doubt, the outfit she wears when sliding around on pieces of coloured paper in a concert hall (below). She is wearing a simple white peasant-style top, decorated with flowers, and a beige suede mini-skirt. I'm a total sucker for cute, low-key looks, especially since it's summmer, but I must admit that the hey-day for the Boho-chic look made a revival about five years ago with Sienna Miller and died out a year later. Nonetheless, elements of the Boho-chic look can still be pulled off... as long as I don't go overboard with it.

Here are some designers who channeled the Penny Lane-look in their Fall 2012 Couture and RTW collections:
Jean Paul Gaultier Couture
Valentino Couture
Vivienne Westwood

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