70s look.

by Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Coco Chanel once said that fashion fades and only style remains the same. I agree with her statement wholeheartedly which is why I’m not going to offend your intelligence and good taste, which you clearly posses if you are reading It’s beyond My Control and tell you about new trends, what you should or shouldn’t be buying this season. You have to find your own style, which isn’t always as easy as it sounds and sometimes takes years to refine but once you get there you will be able to filter really fast through the seasons new looks and disregard completely what’s not relevant to you personally; only take what will help to distil your style.

Personally, I’m a huge fan and aficionado of vintage couture, the golden age of Hollywood and everything that’s very theatrical but I do have those rare  moments of pure minimalism. A lot of my wardrobe consists of silk blouses with pussy-bows and wide-leg, high waist trousers, mainly from Vivienne Westwood, so characteristic for the 40s, think Marlene Dietrich , as well as the 70s and that’s what my “look of the day” is about.  I’ve recently discovered in one of my suitcases a pair of black with silver/sparkly bits, wide-leg Biba trousers,which I remember having spent a fortune on, before I’ve found out about the Biba sale, though it was definitely worth the investment. For those of you who are not that familiar with Biba, which is really hard to imagine, it  was a London fashion store incredibly popular among the teenagers in the 60s and more sophisticated and wealthier clientèle in the 70s, started by a Polish born Barbara Hulanicki. Unfortunately due to financial problem Biba was closed in late 70s and relaunched in 2007 with Bella Freud as the head designer who’s Spring/Summer 2007 collection failed to impress the critics to say the least. The very high end, luxury Autumn/Winter 2007 collection however was a real hit at least with me… I loved the 70s look so much that I bought half of Biba’s collection and no regrets there, well maybe one but the secret will stay with me and my closet.

Biba trousers

Biba look 1973

Biba

When I think of 70s look, I automatically reject the idea that a big part of it was actually denim, hot pants and  the tie-dye t-shirts, popularised in the 60s but all my focus and attention goes to the style icons of that era such as Jerry Hall, Bianca Jagger, Faye Dunaway and Charlotte Rampling in their beautiful tailored suits and elegant maxi evening gowns worn during the day.

70's look

Jerry Hall

Helmut Newton

Charlotte Rampling photographed in 1974 by Helmut Newton for Vogue

70's look

Bianca Jagger

My 70s look

Wide-leg trousers

70s look

Biba, vintage, wide-leg trousers

 

Dominique de Merteuil in 70's look

70s look

Biba, vintage, wide-leg trousers

Biba, vintage, wide-leg trousers

Biba, vintage, wide-leg trousers

The look wouldn’t be complete without my child Isia-Lilith 🙂

Today I’m wearing:

Biba trousers ca 600-700 GBP (before I found them at the Biba sale for fraction of the price. Lesson learned!)

Biba silk blouse 500GBP ( 90GBP at the sale)

Vintage, velvet cape which was a gift from a dear friend of mine who shares my passion for vintage! Thank you Belinda!

Pumps Gucci ca 400GBP

YSL Opium perfume

Opium by YSL

One of my favourite perfume YSL Opium first released in 1977.

 

 

I’m thrilled to announce, that my “70s Look” post was chosen by the Independent Fashion Bloggers to be featured on their website!

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Please take a moment to have a look at the other amazing bloggers who where chosen for the Links à la Mode, March 10

 

13 Responses
  • Suzanne
    March 11, 2016

    Wow what a fab look! You look like you could rule the world in this.

    bisous
    Suzanne
    http://www.suzannecarillo.com

  • Steffi aka Anti.Muse
    April 14, 2015

    Love your attitude and the look as well (Y) I can somehow find inspiration in almost every era, depends on my mood, but the seventies glamour is definitely irrestistible ♥

    • Dominique de Merteuil
      April 15, 2015

      Thank you very much for your kind comment! I take the best that each era has to offer and ignore the rest 🙂

      Dominique

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