'70s glamour coming back

FROM biker chic and 70s glamour to Mad Men inspired gowns, fashion trends of yesteryear have made a comeback in 2011.

Owner of Ipswich boutique fashion outlet Val Haala, Erin Jonker, said leather in 2011 could take the form of pretty much any item of clothing.

“If you can name it the odds are that someone’s sent it down the runway in leather,” Ms Jonker said.

“Pants, skirts, shorts, coats, vests, they’re all there.

“Hourglass silhouette are making a comeback.

“Nina Ricci, Louis Vuitton and Dolce & Gabbana all showcased these styles at their Autumn runway shows.”

She said caramel was the colour of choice this winter.

House of Amy designer Amy Winks said she was seeing more of an emphasis on statement pieces.

“The general shift for consumers is buying less, but spending more. This means quality smart statement pieces are the key to a stylish wardrobe for winter,” Ms Winks said.

“The main looks for the season contrast one another well. They can easily be mixed to give an individual signature.”

Ms Winks said sophisticated ‘70s glamour was making a comeback, with an earthy colour palette with tribal influenced prints for day.

She said other trends included muted neutrals in suedes and denim as key fabrics for vests and high-waisted, wide-legged trousers.

Ms Winks said for evening it is about the shimmer, the higher the sheen the better.

“Metallic-threaded fabric, silks, satins and lurex, give rise to the disco fever revival,” she said.

“Long, slinky dresses with plunging necklines and splits all the way up.

“Wide-legged pantsuits that sparkle, teamed up with tuxedo jackets and platforms will ensure every girl has the tools to dance the night away.”

She said the traditional Brando-inspired leather jacket was also key.

“It is biker jackets with detail such as zips, quilting and panels,” Ms Winks said.

“Silver leather, black leather short or trench style it doesn’t matter as long as they have a biker flavour and lots of detail.”

Inspired by popular TV show Mad Men, she said old-school glamour was also in vogue.

Ms Winks said this translated to longer hemlines, clinched wastes and skirts below the knee, whether they were full circle or straight and high-waisted.

“It is also classic shift dresses with three-quarter sleeves or sleeveless accessorised to perfection with the classic head scarf, cats-eye sunglasses, wide waist belts, leather clutch bag, kitten heels and pearls,” she said.

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