Coco Chanel once said that fashion fades and only style remain 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 possess 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 season’s new looks and disregard completely what’s not relevant to you personally; only take what will help to distil your style.
The 70s look
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.
90% of my wardrobe consists of clothes and accessories from the 1930s and the 1940s, but I also own half a dozen vintage inspired clothes. Silk blouses with pussy-bows and wide-leg, high waist trousers, mainly from Vivienne Westwood, think Bianca Jagger in 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.
The history of Biba
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 a more sophisticated and wealthier clientèle in the 70s, started by a Polish-born Barbara Hulanicki. Unfortunately due to financial problem Biba was closed in the late 70s and relaunched in 2007 with Bella Freud as the head designer whose 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.
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.
The 70s inspired look
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 ( I bought the same one for 90GBP at the Biba sale!)
*The Biba sale took place in 2007 at The Music Room in London.
Vintage, velvet cape which was a gift from a dear friend of mine who shares my passion for vintage! Thank you, Belinda!
Gucci pumps ca 400GBP
YSL Opium perfume
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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