INTRODUCING: 70S ROCK
By Luke Raymond, 17 November 2015
What: Forget John Travolta tripping the light fantastic in Saturday Night Fever – the latest 70s-inspired trend trawls the decade's hard rock scene for fashion inspiration. From the Rolling Stones to Queen, Deep Purple to Aerosmith, flamboyant frontmen paved the way with super-skinny silhouettes, bold animal prints and full-on furs. Why not, eh?
Why: Pitched back into fashion consciousness by Saint Laurent’s Hedi Slimane (formerly of Dior Homme and credited with kickstarting the 00s retro revival), 70s styles offer a festive way to refresh the ubiquitous skinny-fit profile. We’re talking sequins, glitter and high-shine black. Rock on!
Wear: Second-skin skinny jeans. Always. Go classic with ripped black or take it to Jim Morrison levels with snakeskin effects. Balance them out with a ripped white T-shirt and finish with either a plaid shirt for a mix-and-match nod to 90s grunge or a zip-up suede jacket in tan for pure 70s steez.
Watch: It has to be Gimme Shelter, the documentary chronicling the Stones at their decadent peak on their 1969 tour of the US. On a less intense tip, Allan Arkush’s Rock 'n' Roll High School sees the Ramones take down a rock-hating school principal.
Listen: Not strictly 70s rock in sound, Californian twins (and Slimane favourites) The Garden’s collision of lo-fi garage punk and rockabilly-meets-Kurt-Cobain garms put a contemporary spin on the flamboyant 70s vibe.