Glam, boho, neon - it's time to rock out in retro style
Sunday 07 December 2008
You'll need to channel your inner bad girl to pull off this rebellious look, as exemplified by Suzi Quatro. Leather is a key material this season, and young designer Hannah Marshall's bold top is tough but elegant (£594, www.my-wardrobe.com). A graphic rock tee, such as a homage to Mick and Keith, is a laid-back option (£35, www.itsonlyrocknrolllondon.co.uk) that can be revved up for night-time with some spray-on trousers. The much-talked about sequinned leggings from Les Chiffonniers prove that you don't need to reveal even an inch of flesh for a super-sexy, attention-grabbing look (£418, www.matchesfashion.com). Although this look has no need of fussy accessories, a chunky faceted dome ring in monochrome is beautiful without being girly (£350, www.astleyclarke.com).
The party season is the perfect time to up the style ante and go for a high-voltage night-time look, so take your inspiration from the starlets of the most glamorous nightclub in history with a look epitomised by Charlie's Angels actress Jaclyn Smith. A tailored, wool YSL jumpsuit is a once-in-a-lifetime purchase at best, but it has some serious wow-factor (£1,635, www.matchesfashion.com). Equally flash for the less flush is a mini-dress in satin (£195, www.whistles.co.uk). Top things off with a cute sequinned beret (£4, www.qsgroup. co.uk) and work wide-eyed 1970s beauty by popping on a pair of exaggerated false lashes – Shu Uemura currently makes the best on the market (£16, www. shuuemura.com).
You don't need to be able to play the guitar to adapt this trend – but it would certainly perfect this Joni Mitchell look. Hippie, folk, boho – whatever you want to call it, this is the more wholesome face of 1970s style, based on earthy colours and sweet prints. A Liberty-inspired patchwork dress by chic Scandinavian brand Acne is a great starting point for an outfit (£375, www.net-a-porter.com). Instead of a coat, opt for a chunky cardi or a cape that's more in keeping with the laid-back vibe. A mocha knit is versatile and cosy (£100, www.firetrap.com). Accessorise with fringed, Navaho-style pieces such as Jigsaw's sweet boots (£65, www.john lewis.com). Or for a subtler touch try a clam-shaped bag with tassle detail, which will also double as an evening bag if you fancy the disco look (£11, www.comptoir descotonniers.com).
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