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The Trendspotter: Seventies icons

The Seventies was the decade that celebrated Studio 54, the New York nightclub with the elite clientele and the famously outrageous antics.

Bianca Jagger in her Seventies heyday
Bianca Jagger in her Seventies heyday

Studio’s starlet was Bianca Jagger: a fully-fledged fashionista and the wife of a Rolling Stone, she was the epitome of seventies fashion. 

The perfect muse to many designers, Bianca's turban hats, kaftans and rich, jewel- toned evening wear have become legendary. She married Mick Jagger in a white Yves Saint Laurent suit which shows the diversity of her style, from decadent glamour to androgynous chic.

Elsewhere, Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks was the hippie high-priestess of seventies fashion. Her style was eclectic - she rocked boho fringed shawls, denim, chiffon, lace and gave cowboy boots a soft feminine look with an enchanting luxe hippie feel.

The Spring Summer 2013 catwalks in Paris celebrated this seventies look with the highly anticipated first collection Hedi Slimane for the rebranded Saint Laurent. The wide-brimmed hats, long-flowing dresses and tailored trouser suits were clearly referencing one era; this was a luxurious, grown-up take on the style of the 1970s for girls with serious rock credentials.

Slimane gave a nod to the iconic Stevie Nicks with his seventies boho take on key silhouettes such as billowy chiffon blouses and flowing maxi dresses, creating a rock star worthy look with multiple neck bows, tuxedo jackets and super skinny trousers. Ponchos, cloaks and capes, and ruffles cascading at necks created drama in a surprisingly dark summer colour palette, an entire collection that could easily be seen on present day style icons such as Kate Moss, who was front row at the show.

Isbael Marant’s Spring Summer 13 collection was said to be inspired by old pictures of Elvis in his Hawaii and Las Vegas days. Marant’s love for wearable perfection saw her staples of embellished jeans, embroidered coats and lace pieces remain. She introduced black and white tropical floral-print shorts and button-down tops knotted at the midriff along with one-shoulder dresses in paisley prints.

Emma Hill took us back to the seventies for Mulberry's Spring Summer 2013 collection, which evoked an English country garden. The colour palette was a mix of neutrals and countryside pastels. With a catwalk decorated with climbing roses, this hazy nostalgia was the perfect setting for cool oversized biker jackets,  military-inspired long pea coats, luxe fabrics with seventies-style tailoring, side-pleated skirts, kooky florals and gecko motifs.

Wear it well: my must-haves

Create your own seventies icon look and channel your inner darkness for the perfect rock ‘n’ roll edge with my key finds from the high street.

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