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SS13 Trends - Sixties Revival

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If you had an ear to the ground during London Fashion Week last September, you would no doubt have heard ‘bold prints’, ‘paisley’ and ‘minidress’ peppering conversations with some abandon. What these buzzwords should tell you is that the Sixties are striking it big in SS13. Jane Birkin, Edie Sedgwick and Brigitte Bardot were all used as inspiration in creating vintage inspired collections, as designers imitated their favourite 1960s icons. In fact the Sixties has been a huge presence this coming season, from psychedelic print, to flower power, to old school St. Tropez glamour. Here are some of the incarnations we loved the most:

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Simone Rocha, daughter of fashion legend John Rocha, and formidable talent in her own right, injected more than a hint of the Sixties into her tangy SS13 collection. Rocha, inspired by ‘young romance’ allowed an old-fashioned love story to unfold before our eyes, striking a balance between playful flower power and contemporary edginess. With models sporting messy asymmetric bangs and ponytails, the daisy broderie anglaise collared dresses took on a schoolgirl charm. The retro uniform vibe was also there in neat collars and Perspex brogues and the collection featured a mouth-watering range of sweet shop colours, from peppermint white and liquorice black, to soft caramel and sherbet citrus.

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During LFW, Moschino championed two of the biggest trends of SS13 - Sixties and stripes. Mirroring the technological advances of the 1960s, we saw this line move from a sea of black and white pieces into a new wave of bright colours, including citrus hued colour blocking. The main focus was tailored jackets and mini dresses with minimalist detailing, a nod to the Mod movement of the 1960s, and flower power also made an appearance, with a plethora of 3D floral embellishments. Models - including Cara Delavigne – strutted out with outrageously bouffant hair, as well as the odd piece of Penelope Pitstop headgear.

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St Martin's graduate Ekaterina Kukhareva all but stole the show at the Vauxhall Fashion Scout, taking more than a subtle cue from the 1960s. Models with vintage silhouettes marched down the catwalk to Sixties tunes, complete with beehives, brightly coloured headbands and oversize sunglasses. The key features to this collection were large geometric prints and eye-catching sweet pastel hues. Kukhareva cited Sixties starlet Brigitte Bardot as her inspiration, and it would be easy to imagine Ms. Bardot strutting along the harbourfront of St. Tropez in these designs. Kukhareva’s range featured numerous maxi dresses, beachwear and jumpsuits, perfect for those who like to glide effortlessly from beach to bar to club and back to the beach again.

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Bardot was also used as a point of reference in PPQ's SS13 line, with models sporting bouffant ponytails and candy pink lips. There were nautical stripes teamed with oversized hats, paisley printed mini-dresses and jumpsuits, and brightly coloured maxi dresses making maximum impact. Molyneaux and Parker described their line as having a “a slick, psychedelic feel to it. Pattern on pattern comes up against hardware and swim to creates a non-stop look, from beach to private jet.”

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