Entertainment Style Aviator specs required as ’70s styles take off and head to a street near you

Aviator specs required as ’70s styles take off and head to a street near you

Celine Ready to Wear at Paris Fashion Week. Photo: Getty
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There are so many channels of fashion information available in the digital age it can be very confusing for the average customer looking for a wardrobe update.

Where once fashion magazines and their editors saw the shows, distilled the trends and presented it as a fait accompli to the reader, you can now find fashion advice from bona fide nobodies on Instagram, street-style galleries, even free local real estate magazines and numerous terrible programs on the Lifestyle channel.

I tend to take my information and inspiration from the runways, separate the ludicrous and unwearable, find a few pieces I like and add a huge dash of salt.

There has been a ’70s trend creeping back for a while now, and it is already in stores for this coming winter.

The mid-length wrap dress, à la Diane Von Furstenberg, is everywhere.

Diane von Furstenberg with a collection of her iconic wrap dresses. Photo: Getty

I interviewed her several times, and she was charmingly matter of fact about that famous style, telling me she had never had a waist and the wrap dress gave her the illusion of one.

There are floral, granny-style dresses, with the frilly, high necks and tiered flounced hems, which as we all know by now, are not ideal if you are a granny.

A Kristina Fidelskaya pink mohair coat at Paris Fashion week. Photo: Getty

There are fuzzy mohair coats, which I suggest you nuzzle against your cheek before you buy, as they can feel like you’re wearing a car mat.

Pants are still very wide and cropped, with which I have reluctantly come to terms, but I do suggest you check out the view from the rear before you buy.

One marvellous trend which I think we will all agree should stay is the oversized blazer.

This is a wardrobe staple: it looked fabulous over cowl-neck sweaters and midi skirts in the ’70s, over skin-tight bandage dresses in the ’80s, as part of a loose Helmut Lang pantsuit in the ’90s – and I don’t remember or care what happened in the 2000s.

Seventies pops up in fashion time and time again, and it was interesting to see Hedi Slimane’s version of it at Celine this season.

All at once 70s:  Celine wrap dress, boots and aviator jacket and sunglasses. Photo: Getty

Professional women had been loving the Celine brand under the previous designer Phoebe Philo, who offered chic, wearable options for an ageless woman, and were disheartened when Slimane’s debut Celine collection last year was all rock ‘n’ roll and sparkly mini dresses.

Celine knee-length skirt. Photo: Getty

I don’t know if he listened to the disappointment of the Celine customer and responded appropriately (highly doubtful in the fashion world), but this season he sent out an entire collection based around Celine from the ’70s – wearable yes, but entirely literal.

He didn’t even try to put a new spin on it.

There were oversized blazers, and pussy-bow blouses, and pleat-front, flared knee-length skirts, stacked- heel boots, and aviator sunglasses.

Even the hair was ’70s.

It will be a street-style sensation for those girls who have never seen Jane Fonda in Klute or Faye Dunaway in Network, but for those of us who have seen it before – don’t wear it all at once.

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