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Year in Review: Designers Were Obsessed with the Seventies in 2015

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The New Year is just around the corner, but designers’ heads were stuck in the ’70s for most of 2015. Renewed interested in the decade of love, social change and disco led to a year’s worth of fresh denim silhouettes, including flares, button-front skirts and statement-making jumpsuits.

Here’s a look back at the new styles inspired by yesteryear.

American-Made Loup Cements its ’70s-Inspired Aesthetic in Fall ’15

Loup’s ‘Fall ’15 collection got a jump on the parade of ’70s-inspired looks that strutted down the ready-to-wear runways during fashion month. “It was a happy accident,” laughed founder and creative director Danielle Ribner.

The truth is, her New York City-based womenswear has mined the decade for inspiration since its inception in 2009, its collections steeped in the effortless Gallic chic of Brigitte Bardot, Jane Birkin and Francoise Hardy.  Read more…

Citizens of Humanity’s Catherine Ryu Says Goodbye Skinnies, Hello ’70s

“There has been a seismic shift in fits in denim,” said Catherine Ryu, the women’s creative director of Citizens of Humanity. “The skinny legging is now a true basic and is downtrending. The mid-rise slim straight leg and flares are becoming new news in fashion denim.”  Read more…

Kaltex Revisits the Seventies for Spring/Summer ’16

The relaxed, sun-kissed summer days of the Seventies served up a season’s worth of inspiration for Kaltex’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection. With the decade shaping up to be a prominent theme for the season across all categories, Kaltex designer Cori Olson expects to see tomboy looks, high waist silhouettes and white snap up a piece of the denim market share. Read more…

Vintage-Inspired Styles Make the Cut for McGuire in Fall ’15

A lifelong love affair with denim manifested when Marianne McDonald launched her Los Angeles-made label, McGuire, for Holiday ’13. After falling for a pair of Marilyn 3-Zip jeans from Guess as a third-grader, she spent years designing for Joe’s Jeans and Gap (she helped introduce the latter’s 1969 premium denim collection) before deciding in 2010 to strike out on her own. “I wanted a new challenge and I wanted to get back to making denim at a premium level in L.A. — that was really important to me,” McDonald explained.  Read more…

That ’70s Show: Clogs Return for Spring ’16

There’s a groovy ’70s vibe in the air. As Swedish Hasbeens Founder and Designer Emy Blixt describes, “The ’70s is my childhood and my generation. I will always look back on the ’70s and remember when our mothers were young and cool and looked great in those ’70s ABBA clogs… The ’70s was a time for change, community and responsibility for the world our kids will inherit, and this is something people have started to care about again.”  Read more…

Capsule New York: Women’s Denim Gets its Groove Back

Influence from the ’70s continued to dominate the denim offerings at Capsule New York (Sept. 17-19) where flares, jumpsuits, patches and embroidery could be seen across the showroom floor.  Read more…

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