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November 27, 2013

Retro: everything old is new again

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In a decade flooded with fashion trends there would be one piece of clothing that would change the fashion world forever. It would surface as a garment with no social, financial or cultural boundaries. It was instantly embraced by women worldwide and from all walks of life. It came to us in 1964 and is considered, by many, to be the number 1 fashion statement of the 20th century. It was, and is, the mini-skirt.

After years of being bashed for her lack of style, Diane Keaton was an unlikely candidate to establish one of the the hottest looks of the 1970s. Renowned designer Ralph Lauren is credited for the “Annie Hall” look sported by Keaton in the 1977 box office hit by the same name. Bowlers, narrow ‘70s ties and stripped waist coats roll off the racks at retro shops still today, to create the look that established the ‘second hand shop’ as an acceptable fashion venue.

Uncomfortable, dangerous and the literal “downfall” of many, the platform shoe has to be one of the most unusual fashion statements of the 1900s. Worn by TV sitcom actor-turned-movie star John Travolta, the platform shoe is featured in the opening scene of the one of the most successful movies of all times, “Saturday Night Fever.” Just typing the name of that movie guarantees at least a day of having “Stayin’ Alive’ stuck in my head, and now yours.

Based on the story of a young Brooklyn man coming of age, this film introduced us to the world of “Disco,” an awareness that would alter the fields of dance, music and fashion for many years to come. In addition to the platform shoe, “Saturday Night Fever” also gave us, the white three-piece suit, the tie-less open collar shirt {with as many gold chains as possible}, the wrap around skirt and bell bottom pants.

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