The sixties are back with a modern twist.
The two collections that were inspired by the sixties were Gucci and Valentino. The designers at these two labels breathed new life into this decade. Mixing trends from the past with modern trends.
The sixties belonged to the young, the hems were short and are back and just as short. These dresses were paired with boots, reminiscent of the Go Go boots of the sixties.
The style was part Edie Sedgwick and part Edie Campbell. By mixing icons the overall feel was something new that reminded the viewers at these shows of the swinging sixties.
For 8 years now, Frida Giannini has been the creative director for Gucci. She has excelled at her position and knows the label well, evident in all her collections, especially her most recent. Her F/W 2014 collection was an ode to the brand’s glory days of the sixties. She even showed a casual side of Gucci’s heritage, by sending blue jeans down the runway.
The overall feel of the collection was youthful, not only in the silhouettes but the colour palette too. Baby blue, sage green and mustard yellows were shown throughout the collection. The typical Gucci gowns gone, replaced by mod mini dresses paired with knee high boots. The silhouettes were simple and shrunken, with snug pea coats and drainpipe trousers.
From Gucci, to Valentino, another Italian label that looked to the sixties for their F/W 2014 inspiration. The designer duo Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli have been with the brand since 2008. The duo looked to Italian female pop artists from the sixties as their inspiration, as they were rule breakers of their time. The pops of colour were reminiscent of their works and the silhouettes were typically sixties. The shirt collar dresses were done in a multitude of styles and fabrics. Capes of all kind were shown, open or closed, made in leather, lace and cashmere. The patchwork dresses and skirts were done in multiple fabrics as well, the most interesting was leather.
Overall the two collections, although very different, were similar in style. The different influences of the sixties were seen in both, the swinging sixties in London and the Pop Art sixties, both translated beautifully on the catwalk.