The 70s are back. Though the spring 2015 collections brought the decade of the “Me Generation” back with its emphasis on bohemian chic and wild prints, for fall 205 designers delved a bit deeper into the many style trends that populated the 1970s. From hippy dippy granny dresses to Studio 54 glam to au natural looks evidenced in Carole King’s 1971 “Tapestry” album to high Victorian collars that started on Carnaby Street in the late 1960s but ended up in American ready-to-wear collection in the early 70s, fall 2015 was all about re-imagining the 70s in ways that were new and innovative.
One of the biggest trends from the fall 2015 collections was the wide-legged pants trend. In the early and mid-70s, wide-legged pants were evolution of the hippy dippy denim craze and morphed into looks that women combined with sharp suit jackets as they entered more into the corporate world. However for fall 2015, the wide-legged pant aesthetic is about more than corporate office attire or casual denim projections.
A few designers found ways to incorporate the wide-legged pant trend in ways that elevated their collections. Below you will find Fashion Reverie’s choices:
Known for her astute skill at combining East meets West silhouettes, this season Tam looked to 1970s as focal point of her collection funneled through the prism of chinoiserie. There was an ornate quality in this collection that has been missing from some of Tam’s recent collections.
Tam’s incorporation of the wide-legged pant aesthetic was demonstrated in wide-legged pants layered with sheer black overlays and dresses. Tam also combined a variety of fabrics in this collection evidenced in wide-legged pants of tweed and silk chiffon and tulle. And Tam’s thick, wide cuffs of her pants set her apart from other designers.
Sally LaPointe looked to modern dance and mixed media artist Pina Bausch for inspiration for her fall 2015 collection. Her infusion of the wide-legged pant trend was a natural extension of the whole collection. As a separate, LaPointe’s wide-legged pants work well with a variety of tops and can mixed match for daywear or a night out on the town.
Where many designers 70s inspiration was paired with looks from the 1920s and 1960s, Georgine synthesized the 70s with the 1930’s Weimar Republic for looks that were slightly campy but possessed that sizzle and pop that would appeal to looks of consumers. Creative director Georgine Ratelband wide-legged pants were made more for a late night rendezvous than an office job. Still, the frivolity of these garments demonstrated that whimsy and flash should still have a place in a women’s wardrobe.
European designers also carried over this trend from spring 2015. Dior’s take on wide-legged pants was more conservative and subdued, but still chic and sophisticated. And by constructed his pant cuffed and mid-calf, Raf Simons helped the fashion cognoscenti envision the wide-legged pant with in new and interesting ways.
Giambattista Valli substituted the wide-legged, flared pant for his signature short full dresses. Combined and layerd with the graphic motif in this outing, Valli’s flared pant was definitely for the more daring fashionista.
—William S. Gooch