The Sixties Is The Hottest Era According To New York Fashion Week. Here’s How To Do It Now

Victoria Beckham, Tommy Hilfilger, Derek Lam and Thakoon have all referenced the flower power days in their AW14 collections


by Pandora Sykes |
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New York Fashion Week is still going strong but there’s a clear winner coming through on the trend-front: the swinging ’60s. It all started last season with Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Saint Laurent – whose mod aesthetic got people chatting as much as the arguably super-skinny models. Saint Laurent’s block-heeled Mary Janes, silver mini dresses, brightly glittered ankle boots and plaid mini skirts with fitted blazers kickstarted a penchant for the ’60s, which has continued into this season.

Tommy Hilfiger, in particular, gave a big fat nod to the era with his super-fun catwalk show yesterday, which featured Kendall and Georgia Jagger and a ton of star-strewn temporary tattoos, as happy young star-struck groupies at a music festival. With a flower arrangement reminiscient of a The Beatles’ iconic Sgt Pepper album cover, the vibe was reduxed Woodstock and the clothes were all lurex and patchwork, drummer boy jackets, velvet and kickflares with modern touches like Chelsea boots and brightly coloured faux fur.


‘People don’t really know me now for my love of music – the Beatles, the Stones, Hendrix, The Who – so I thought I would celebrate my passion, my beginning, my roots,’ Tommy Hilfiger said at the preview of his show.

Indeed, Hilfiger isn’t the only one. Victoria Beckham’s neat pink floral suits were very Twiggy by way of Elle woods.


You needn’t wait until next summer to start working this era, though. There are plenty of things on the high street to ease yourself into a mod-like Autumn. I mean, just look at this total look by Reformation? It’s just dropped in store and it's a hunk of ’60s inspo, right there.

Here are the other things you should look for:

A knee-high boot

Do we even need to explain this one? Wear with a flippy graphic print skirt and a chunky knit, a la Zooey Deschanel/Alexa.


Knee High Boots, £34.99, H&M

A thin poloneck

Layer a poloneck under your dress for the ultimate take on ’60s layering.


Long Sleeve Roll Neck Crop Top, £16, Topshop

A floral dress

Flower power ain’t the late-’60s/early-’70s mantra for nothing! Leave the somewhat psychadelic floral combinations of that era in the past and look to a slightly grungier take.


’60s dress in Bold Flower Print, £120, Ganni at ASOS

A mini skirt

The ’60s was the time for emancipation. So, emancipate your legs.


Leopard Print Pelmet Skirt, £38, Topshop

A shift dress

Very Edie, this one. Wear with cat-flick eyeliner and knee high boots if you want to go overkill, or some sheer ankle socks and patterned brogues if you don’t. Will also work well in block print.


’60s Shift Dress in Rib Texture, £28, ASOS

An A-Line coat

Wear with polkadot tights and be almost part of the Saint Laurent catwalk show, or mix up your decades and don some tartan trousers (’90s, obvs) or denim flares (’70s).


Yellow Bownot Front Simple Wool Blend Coat, £20.50, Sheinside

Something sequinned

The ultimate retro party dress has not aged a jot.


Sequin Kimono Drape Mini Dress, £16, ASOS

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Pictures: Getty, Jason Lloyd-Evans

This article originally appeared on The Debrief.

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