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70’s Vintage: A Catwalk Comeback


By Karen Housel  

There’s a truly unique feeling that overcomes me when draped in vintage attire; it sparks a sentiment different from when I wear anything else I own. New clothes on the runway are beautiful, of course, yet there is something about, say, the detailed point-collared coat that my mother wore in the 1970’s that holds a touch of magic.

I have always loved vintage fashion. My passion ignited when I opened the copper case my grandmother kept on her armoire: it was filled with silky geometric scarves, quality-made with an enchanting air to them. Perhaps it was the mystery, or story behind the pieces that made them so attractive. All I knew was that they were old, unique, and had great value to me.

As a lover of fashion and an advocate for sustainability I grew to understand that utilizing vintage clothing is a form of ethical fashion. Vintage clothing allows us to fall in love with pieces that currently exist in the world. We are able to re-wear beautiful pieces without extracting further resources from the earth, whilst valuing our fashion history, too. A continuous rotation of reoccurring trends allows us to paradoxically wear vintage clothing to rock current trends. What a beautiful thing that is!

This Spring/Summer season, it seems top designers were as influenced by vintage as I am; namely by the 70s.

Here are 5 trends I think really stood out, and tips on where to shop the look.

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1. Clashing Patterns

The first 1970’s-inspired catwalk craze was for patchwork. This doesn’t need to be literally sewn on patches of fabric; rather swathes of different patterns, colours and textures will do the trick. Spreads of burgundy, mustard, and lavender patterns splashed across flowing, fabrics contributed to the vintage look at Gucci and Burberry, seen below. Both brands captured the hues and the tone of the decade perfectly.


Vintage pieces you can shop here for the look:


2. Ankle Boots

It seems I’m always in search of the perfect little black bootie. This year designers are sent their models down the runway with an almond toe and flattened chunk heel, a popular look circa 1975. Cuban heeled or Chelsea boots are the perfect edgy piece to add to a maxi that hits right above the ankle. Just last month, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez styled a Cuban heeled suede boot in the Proenza Schouler fashion show, and almond toed boots were a highlight at the 70s fashion revival on Burberry’s catwalk


Vintage pieces you can shop here for the look:


3. Oversized Glasses

This third trend is one that has been a longstanding favourite of fashionistas and celebs worldwide: oversized sunglasses. These hide all manner of late-night sins and look cool as heck to boot. Gucci’s couldn’t be more 70’s and Burberry’s shades, though a bit smaller, stood out for another 70’s touch: colour tinted lenses.

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Vintage pieces you can shop here for the look:


4. Knit and Crochet

There can be no doubt that hipsters have revived a trend for DIY handicrafts, and designers have picked up on this by showing granny crochet and loose knits on the runway. Both techniques were used in Gucci’s recent collections, where we could also see oversized sunglasses and multi-coloured outfits, too.


Vintage pieces you can shop here for the look:


5. Long Scarves

Finally, there are the scarves. Worn around the necks of both men and women at Gucci, they also served as turbans and head wraps, a la Ali MacGraw. Whether riotously patterned or relatively plain, it’s clear that a good quality silk scarf is on its way to once again being a wardrobe staple- and a great cover up for a bad hair day!


Vintage pieces you can shop here for the look:


The quality and quirkiness of a 70’s vintage wardrobe is special, and it just takes a kick in an authentic Cuban heeled boot or a toss of a long, silky scarf around the neck to really appreciate that feeling. If you’re interested in reading more about sustainable fashion, visit

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