The runways of the new autumn/winter season were peppered with many trends, but there was definitely the sniff of a bygone era in the air. Designers took inspiration from the swinging sixties to create ladylike dressing with a retro twist.
Polonecks, tunic dresses, bee-hives and knee-high boots were all out in force for Prada, Burberry et al. Bottega Veneta’s two-piece suit oozed Mad Men-esque ladylike glamour with that hint of mod edge. Jean Paul Gautier’s models wore sky high bee-hives while others sported Twiggy crops. The mod culture of the early-mid 1960s was massive in London with the first ever youth-targeted boutique clothing stores opening in the Carnaby Street and Kings Road districts in this time. Maverick fashion designers such as Mary Quant led the way in mod fashion with garments like the mini skirt being sort after by all. Calvin Klein, Giambattista Valli and others made use of the mini skirt pairing it with structured jackets and bracelet sleeves. Many designers also selected a very mod monochrome pallet, in particular DKNY who teamed this with a Peter Pan collar and cutesy ankle socks.
With go-go girls aplenty swinging down the catwalks this season, the youthful energy of the mod period is back in a big way for A/W ’11. It’s all about the colour; monochrome or be daring with pastel shades, the shape; structured and boxy silhouettes are key, and the playful acccessories; think knee-high boots and big earrings and bee-hives. Grab yourself a scooter and a lashing of eyeliner and you’re set.