One of my favorite classes at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising was the Evolution of Apparel, taught by Mrs. Bersen. It's funny how we remember certain teachers. All bright-eyed and excited about studying fashion at one of the world's top fashion schools, I bounced into class, excited to learn about clothing through the decades. She didn't simply tell us about the decades of fashion, she had us experience them too...the popular music, the social scene, politics, and of course, the neighborhoods. I was in fashion heaven.
Fast forward 30 years, and I still get the same fuzzy feeling when I'm in the mood for representing a particular decade. Recently, I scored a pair of patent booties from eBay which scream 60s. At first glance I immediately thought of London. When I shared a photo of my new buy on Instagram, I mentioned their London-esque vibe, and thanks to Jill from Grownup Glamour, she reminded me of an area in London (Westminster) called Carnaby Street. Here is a brief history from Wikipedia (Click Wikipedia for more info).
By the 1960s, Carnaby Street proved popular for followers of both the Mod and hippie styles. Many independent fashion boutiques, and designers such as Mary Quant, Marion Foale and Sally Tuffin, Lord John, Merc, Take Six and Irvine Sellars were located in Carnaby Street as well as various underground music bars such as the Roaring Twenties in the surrounding streets. With bands such as Small Faces, The Who, and Rolling Stones appearing in the area to work, shop, and socialize, it became one of the coolest destinations associated with the Swinging London of the 60s.
For today, I bring a modern day interpretation of what fashion was like during the 60s on Carnaby Street - The look gives a subtle wink to Mod and hippie styles, what sets the tone are the crazy-cool patent leather boots, skinny jeans, and my shaggy yarn sweater. Though women were embracing hot pants and the micro mini (thanks to Mary Quant), for this particular look, I'm taking a more masculine approach by wearing pants. Today my shoot location takes place in an art district which boast many restaurants and vintage boutiques.
Outfit Details - Black Patent Ankle Booties: Nine West via eBay; Looping Sweater/Jacket: Jacket Society (One left. Faux Fir Sweater at Shopstyle); NYDJ 'Clarissa' Ankle Skinny Jean: Nordstrom; Essential Black Basic Tank Top: Ann Taylor Loft; Black Patent Belt: Nine West via TJ Maxx; Black Round Keyhole Sunglasses: Ann Taylor Loft (available in blue), Love Bird Charm purchased from a boutique near my home.
I hope you enjoyed this trip down Carnaby Street during the 60s. This post was really good fun for me. Being a history buff, I have always enjoyed watching how fashion plays a part in the bigger picture of our lives...our social concerns, the economy, etc. Fashion certainly tells our story. Don't you agree (wink)?
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