Saturday, June 14, 2008

That 70s Look

Couture Carrie is totally inspired by the new CBS show, Swingtown. This drama by the creator of Big Love is fantastic, so if you haven’t gotten hooked yet, tune in on Thursday nights at 10 for scandalous network fun laced with Quaaludes, ménages a trois, and fabulous seventies style.

The first two pics are via Note the sassy chandelier, exposed white brick, and shag carpet on set!
And even though I never went there, I became a bit nostalgic for the Playboy Club after seeing the scene in Episode 2 where the whole crew is served drinks in classic Bunny style and then everybody does the hustle! Is Grant Show not the hotness with that 'stache?

Fortunately, we can channel that 70s look without scavenging the thrift stores (though that can be fun . . . ), since designers are offering a bevy of retro-inspired looks for fall.

The runway photos that follow are taken from’s coverage of the Resort 2009 and Fall 2008 shows. From top to bottom:



Dark floral chiffon mock-turtleneck gown. Sounds awful; looks great! It's amazing how a dress with so much coverage can still be incredibly sexy!

Emilio Pucci

These graphic prints will never go out of style!

Alexandre Hercovitch

Op-art concentric-circle print with scandalously low v-neck. I'm totally wearing this one to my next fondue party!


Halter-style maxi dress with generous doses of peach and brown


Strapless patterned peasant dress with pockets . . . perfect to wear to that poetry reading.

Mara Hoffman

Couture Carrie's personal fave . . . would adore wearing this symmetrically patterned cream-hued stunner to a gallery opening in BK!

Michael Kors

There's no mistaking the nod to the seventies in this gold-flecked orange and pink gown, complete with empire waist and deep v neckline. And get a load of the gold chandelier earrings!


A-line, with poufy sleeves, round neck or keyhole


Generously cut three-quarter sleeve frock with majestic tapestry pattern.

Just Cavalli

Disco-era chicks were not afraid to mix and match prints! Loving the leopard tights and peasant tunic combo. Note the oversize accessories: huge pendant and floppy hat.

Christian Dior

Retro-licious kaleidoscopic floral motif, complete with frilly cap sleeves.

Allegra Hicks

Abstract leaf-print with a bit of sheen and a wide trompe l'oiel belt - genius!

Ports 1961

Muted tones and just enough exposed skin! I hope the fingerless opera glove catches on for fall!


The color scheme alone screams "seventies"! Geometricized stair and palm frond print in gray, orange, beige and black . . .


Because there are a shortage of knee-high red suede boots in the world... We are totally wearing this sexy striped wrap to the next key party!


You can always recognize a disco-fabulous look by its unabashed amount of fringe.

High waist; wide leg; the tighter, the better!


The original and best is back, with orange in abundance, and a fabulously tacky long fur vest to boot!

And remember that only leisure suit adage: If it ain't polyester, it ain't worth wearing!


Can you say "paisley"?

Miss Sixty

Looks like high-waist, wide-leg jeans are here to stay!


Anonymous said...

Wow, the 70's are back! :D

Danz said...

I really like the 5th dress! Pretty :) Hope you're having a lovely weekend dear :)

Kira Aderne said...

so great post, love all gucci´s!
a kiss!!!

Jillian Hobbs said...

wow there are some great dresses the 5th is my fav!

Anonymous said...

thank you so much for your kind comment, as an english student with aspirations to some sort of writing career, it means a lot! i really enjoyed your lucid writing here too, as well as the beautiful beautiful dresses of course!

Reena Rai said...

From my blog, you can see I have a penchant for the shortest of the short...but those maxi dresses are tempting me to change my ways

Siljesfashion said...

I LOVE 70s style. Just look at the outfits on my blog. Love all by Gucci, but say I prefer vintage for this trend.

Pamcasso said...

I'm highly obsessed with that Erdem collection. Gorgeous!