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The Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear shows were alive with the free-spirited and fabulous flair of the 1970s. From the flower power show House of Holland gave, to the Dries Van Noten show that ended with models lounging on the grass runway, it was clear this season is all about releasing your inner gypsy. Creating your own hippie-chic look is now easier than ever, as summer music festival season is quickly approaching; many retailers have curated their own “festival” collections, full of flower child favorites like fringe, crochet detail, flowing bohemian dresses, bell sleeves and flared jeans, all meant to appeal to the modern day Woodstock crowd. Here are some far-out photos from the past, modern looks from the Spring 2015 RTW shows, and some super 70s-inspired items you can get into your closet ASAP.


For the most authentic inspiration, look no further than some of the real life leading ladies of the 1970s. Some of the most stylish women of the era included: songstresses Cher, Carly Simon, Stevie Nicks, and Donna Summer; models Beverly Johnson, Iman, Raquel Welch, Rene Russo, and Lauren Hutton; and actresses Faye Dunaway, Farrah Fawcett, Mary Tyler Moore, and Pam Grier; and activist and socialite Bianca Jagger.

2 Stevie Nicks1) Carly Simon 1972

4 Beverly Johnson

5) Raquel Welch in Valentino - Italian Vogue 1969

6) Rene Russo - Vogue US 19743) Cher 'Cherished' album cover 1977

7) Farrah Fawcett 1976

 8) Faye Dunaway 1970

9 The Mary Tyler Moore Show

11) Bianca Jagger with group



The groovy trends of the 1970s were seen on many a runway at the Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear shows, including but not limited to Prada, Valentino, Sonia Rykiel, Jason Wu, Coach, House of Holland, Derek Lam, Rebecca Taylor, Gucci, Saint Laurent, Chloe, Louis Vuitton, Emilio Pucci, Anna Sui, Roberto Cavalli, Etro, Alberta Ferretti, and Stella McCartney.

Some of the most fun and wearable trends that will no doubt be seen in many retail stores this spring are fringe details, colorful suede, denim dresses, and flared pants. Fringe detail was seen on everything, including vests, dresses, skirts, pants, and bags. Suede skirts and jackets were displayed in every color from browns and deep greens to pastels and bright reds. The classic Little Black Dress was shelved to make room for the Little Denim Dress, with it’s button-down style, cinched waist and pockets. Flared pants replaced the long-favored skinny jean as the freshest fit for spring, paired mostly with long blazers in rich colors.

runway fringe

runway seude

runway denim  runway flared pants


Runway looks can be hard to pull off in the real world, but you can easily incorporate one of the aforementioned trends into your spring wardrobe, as throwback styles are popping up just about everywhere. Look to stores like Free People, Urban Outfitters, Nasty Gal, Novella Royale, Thread Sence, and Tree of Life for more 70s-inspired clothing.

1) FREE PEOPLE Rolling Stone Kimono $600,
2) H&M Suede Skirt $129, H&
3) A.P.C. Nancy Denim Dress $343,
4) HUDSON Taylor High Waist Flare Superior $209, 

5) NASTY GAL Hot as Bell Crop Top $48.00,
6) SWELL Wide Brim Wool Floppy Hat $34.95,


Free People Rolling Stone Kimono 

1) Get the Look - Free People Rolling Stone Kimono



 H&M Suede Skirt

2) Get the Look - H&M Suede Skirt



A.P.C Denim Dress

3) Get the Look - A.P.C Denim Dress



Hudson Taylor High Waist Flare

4) Get the Look - Hudson Taylor High Waist Flare


 Nasty Gal Hot as Bell Top
5) Get the Look - Nasty Gal Hot as Bell Top



Swell Floppy Hat

6) Get the Look - Swell Floppy Hat / Issue 168 - September 3608
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