February 6, 2015

Style Icon: Bianca Jagger

Whenever the 70s are referenced sartorially, they can leave the occasionally misanthropic among us feeling incredibly uncomfortable; The thought of dippy, hippy style with all the peace and love that the style implies can feel a little fraudulent.  But the 70s trend doesn't have to mean tassels, beading and those god awful Pocahontas boots, instead shift your gaze from the fields of fringing to the glitz of the Studio 54 glitter ball.

Our spirit animal for this side of the 70s trend has to got to be Bianca Jagger, never has anyone managed to look so glamorous and carefree at the very same time. This is a woman who made riding a horse into a club seem casual.
Having given this more thought that we would care to admit, we have concluded that were Bianca Jagger's spirit to be distilled into a piece of clothing, it would be the jumpsuit. Despite the loo based difficulties that the jumpsuit presents, it somehow manages to be nonchalant in a way that a dress could never dream of being. If the jumpsuit were to have clunky tagline, it would be I look fabulous but I'm not even trying.

The 70s revival sees certain brands really coming into their own, major snaps go to Halston Heritage - who can be credited with reinventing the jumpsuit - for their Studio 54 inspired pieces. And Diane Von Furstenberg, whose Wrap Dresses had previously caused us all manner of convulsions - I mean honestly, the thought of wearing something purely because it's flattering, did you ever hear anything quite so ridiculous? - really shines when the silhouette is transferred to something with legs. The look becomes a lot less, just been spewed out of an episode of  What Not To Wear, and more relaxed, easy glamour. Now Dancing Queens, grab a jumpsuit, adopt a devil may care attitude and go forth to cut some serious shapes.

From left to right, because that seems sensible:
Black Wrap Jumpsuit: Diane Von Furstenberg
Long Colored Jumpsuit: Zara
Satin Trimmed Jumpsuit: Halston Heritage
Lori Jumpsuit: Diane Von Furtensburg
Crepe Jumpsuit with Bow Back: Zara


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