Shall we disco? Fashion Week embraces ‘70s muse
NEW YORK (AP) - Say what you will about disco, the 1970s were a good time for American fashion. It’s when New York really carved its niche as the sportswear capital of the world.
And now, for spring 2011, designers are reclaiming the look as their own at New York Fashion Week.
Marc Jacobs led the pack with models in frizzed-out hair, jumpsuits, hot pants, culottes and striped knits. But he’s not the only one to embrace the billowy shapes, scarf-tied tops, tunics, crafty macrame looks and long, wide-legged trousers of that era.
“We’re looking at videos all around us in Lincoln Center right now and we’re like ‘Oh, there’s a ‘70s thing, there’s ‘70s, there’s ‘70s,’” James Mischka told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “It’s happening all around us, and it’s just kind of in the water on 7th Avenue, I guess.”
There’s a lot of fashion, of course, at a Rodarte fashion show, but there’s also a lot of show. And, apparently, there’s now a movie, too.
Using a soundtrack of mellow ‘70s hits, models worked their way around a maze of shipping pallets in dresses that mimicked tree bark and paneling, jackets with cutout shoulders and suits made of an embossed leather in rich shades of brown.
There were kooky combinations of patterns _ checks and plaids and stripes, often all together _ but that’s the norm for these high-concept, low-profile sisters from California. It worked this time largely because the palette was so soothing, rooted in forest shades. A handful of blue-and-white prints inspired by the Ming Dynasty provided a lighter, brighter contrast.
How about doing it halfway?