60’s Influence fall/winter 2011& How to wear the Look.

The summer is at its peak and the 70’s is predominantly ruling the fashion scene.  Wide legged pants, summer floral prints, maxi skirts are the favorite picks of the season screaming heavy 70’s influence. This trend so is to follow in autumn/winter 2011 with slight variation but another popular trend seen on the runways was the 60’s.

Many designers like Yves saint Laurent, prada, Burberry prorsum, Anna Sui, Blumarine and many others have used the 60’s elements like short skirts, dropped waists, a blaze of black and white, super sweet shifts, Flattering A-Line numbers with an edge, long printed maxis, boxy boy blazers with the rock n roll aviator style, ultra Mod baby doll dresses, triumph of fur and leather trimmings and introducing flared trousers further modifying into the 70’s style. These elements are distinguished and categorized for you to enjoy, one can incorporate these elements to look apart of the 60’s look.

Wear the 60’s shifts like the MODs that are back with a bang this fall of 2011/12.

Alberta Ferretti

Blumarine, Burberry

Derek Lam,Ermanno Scervino

Yves saint Laurent, Giambattista Valli

 Giambattista Valli, Iceberg

Iceberg, Mulberry

Steven Alen, Trussardi

Go from high waists to low dropped waists and accessorize with belts on your lower waist for the cool chic style.

Anna Sui, Blumarine

Burberry, Jil Sander

Prada, Yves Saint Laurent

Prada, Yves saint Laurent

Up all the way, where legs are the main focus. Mini skirts, short dresses and hot pants were the 60’s signature. Dress them up or make your style conservative by wearing various styles or leggings or patterned socks just like the 60’s.

Anna Sui, Blumarine

Blumarine, Burberry

Dkny, Iceberg

Steven Alen, Yves Saint Laurent

Patterned socks and leggings this season.

Anna Sui

Sweater dresses are a great way to escape the winter and yet look stylish. various patterns, prints and textures adds variety to the simple silhouette.



From up to down, Maxis after mini skirts were an extreme contrast but yet a rebellious fashion statement started by the early hippies. Take the maxis from summer to winter by choosing a darker palette or by adding fur jackets,scarves and coats.

Alberta Ferretti, Anna Sui

Anna Sui, Mulberry


Mulberry, Steven Alen

Steven Alen, Mulberry

The maxis and the hippie side. overall prints and loose silhouettes can take to towards the hippie direction. combine quirky and chunky accessories to the look and sturdy boots to break the feminity.

Anna Sui

Jean Paul Gaultier, Donna Karen

Long skirts can also add to the hippie and care free attitude.

D&G, Tommy Hilfiger

Michael Kors, Steven Alen

break the simpleness of the straight shift dresses by adding baby doll dresses to your wardrobe. They are young and fun and are available in many bright colours.

Steven Alen, Prada

DKNY, Alberta Ferretti

Burberry, Anna Sui

The bootleg pants were a 60’s origination that moved to the 70’s. so experiment bootleg and wide legged trousers this season, they are available in solids as well as prints. They are easy to wear and look classic when worn with blouses and blazers.

Anna Sui, Steven Alen

Blumarine, Burberry

Jean Paul Gaultier, Steven Alen

The optical illusionary prints in black and white was a late 60’s trend. one can improvise on this trend by combining different black and white prints together be it in jackets, fur or simply in trousers. one can go funky with this trend by adding fluo accessories and shoes.

Anna Sui, Burberry

D&G, Dries Van Noten

Les Copains, Oscar De La Renta

Trussardi, Diane Von Furstenberg

The space age trend with clean lines and minimal futuristic patterns has been inspired from 60’s, ever since the first man landed on the moon. This inspiration has been modified my designers for a more wearable look.

Prada, Celine

Costume National

Inspiration from the rockers can also be a 60’s style. use of leather and rivets are the main elements of this look. For all the Rock n Roll and punk chicks this is a must follow trend.

Burberry, Mulberry

Simon Spurr, Trussardi

Mondarin Dress by Yves Saint Laurent in 60’s was a big fashion statemnt. designers this season have revived this with the twist. lets see how.

Costume National


Burberry bringing back the plastic coats. lets see this against the originals from 1960’s.

60’s Makeup Influences:

60’s was not only about the various new style inventions but also the various makeup and hair looks that came about at that time by icons like bridgett bardot, twiggy and the famous hair stylist vidal sassoon. This fall beauty inspirations also have been taken from this era.

Be it New york or london or Milan the Sixties trademark of full-on, doe-eyed Bambi lashes or bouffed beehives were seen in various shows all over the world. With simple use of mascara or false eyelashes, eyeliner and back combing one can achieve these looks.

Anna Sui, LAMB

Gucci, Jean Paul Gaultier

DKNY, Alberta Ferretti

Bottega Venetta, Gianfranco Ferre

Various celebs have also incorporated the 60’s look in their wardrobes and on the red carpet.Not only that, Emma watson  even got the twiggy haircut which is quite daring.lets see a few 60’s celebs appearances.

60’s and the retail scenario

All brands around the world are taking up the 60’s trend. The new fall/winter collections along with some summer dresses scream the 60’s influence with shifts and  Maxis along with long skirts and psycho prints.

Asos, Zara

River Island, Selfridges, Topshop


H & M

H & M, Zara


The Mad Men Effect

Thanks to the smash hit cable series ‘Mad Men’ 60’s fashion has enjoyed a huge resurgence in popularity. The polished, ladylike styles, which dominating the fall runway, are based on classic shapes and fabrics. Adding a bold statement pieces such as a pair of vivid platforms, shift dresses, bouffont dresses from the early sixties are a perfect way to address the era.

60’s in interiors

The KORHANI show delivered an extravagant presentation, highlighting a new spin on traditional home fashion.  There was inspiration from fables like red riding hood, graphic body suits in KORHANI original prints, urban warrior and glamorous ‘60s influenced a la Mad Men pieces.

60’s is big this fall 2011 and with all this information on the styles and how to wear them, i am sure you can also follow this trend with ease and look a part of the fashionable crowd.

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