This year brought a shock wave of nudity; not just in the UK, but world-wide. Well, not acual people walking around wearing their birthday suits ( although this was the sixties- it probably happened). First, the plunging neck lines became apparent and were everywhere in Paris Spring collections. This craze hit its peak when Rudi Gernreich created the topless bathing suit. Yep. ( A woman was even arrested for wearing it in public)
As soon as designers and manufacturers knew that everyone basically wanted to get naked, everyone jumped on the bandwagon, and evening dresses became sheer, with bodices becoming extremely thin and skin coloured.
Some aspects in between everyone floating about half naked, were knee high skirts, fitted bodices, some ruffled, lace became a thing, and the famous hair bow was re-introduced! Oh how I’m a fan of the hair bow! Coco Chanel was pretty much responsible for this revival and is a key accessory for all!
All this nudity and skin-baring was reflected in the makeup too- with pale lipsticks becoming a statement piece and all women were pretty much opting for the natural/naked look. No more were the vivid red lipsticks and crazy colours. Oh- and curly hair was no more! Everyone started getting their hair straightened ( getting the iron out). As winter came along in 1864, fuller skirts, and hats still were seen, as well as a classic ball gown.
As women’s colours were less bright, men went the opposite, and their suit colours became lighter and brighter; as well as suit coats and jackets having wider lapels, and in-cuffed trouser hems.
The fashion mid 60s was still very young, with a young French designer – Andre Courreges creating the bar knee; the square cut white dress with flat white boots, which brought a huge tidal wave of plastic boots, vinyl jackets and A-line dresses. You may have seen the iconic image of his creation ( cow boy hat and all!) This man influenced a lot of fashion during the sixties.
Pop art was a huge thing and the fashion reflected this. But then came along OP art too , which gave a whole new way to dress to those who experimented enough to try. Woman matched the paintings in galleries- with stripes, checks and wavy lines… Trippy. Geometrical patterns were everywhere as well as the blocks of colours from pop art!
.As far as shoes go, a rounded shoe became more prominent, with straps being obvious, and heels stayed in the low to medium range- they still needed to be able to dance properly!
Most designers fought back against tradition in this spectacular year, when a rebellion poured over Britain! The Mod…
Sparks began in London in 1965, but it spread like wildfire this year.
This particular look is one that you can still see today and is a huge a part in modern fashion tends. The ‘mod’ look requires a mini skirt, maybe some fishnets ( or lacy hosiery) and low heeled girl shoes, or mary-janes. Pair this with a quite masculine jacket, or a Fred Perry style polo and you’ve pretty much got it. ( Add geometric earrings to complete)
For men, the wide belted, fitted pants with extra-wide flashy patterned ties with a floral print shirt and you’re spot on. The guys who weren’t really into the mod lifestyle- boots, vests, and narrow jackets were worn as a part in the rebellion. Because who wants to be conservative?
Women began mixing it up and stealing style from the men; borrowing suit styles and wearing straight legged pant suits. This became more acceptable for woman to wear this kind of fashion. AMEN!
If you want to find out about 87,68 and 69 youll have to keep popping by to get the down-low, because believe you and me it became juicy. I mean, we are slowly making our way to the 1970’s , and that’s when things got interesting…
But for now… Frock Off xox