From denim tailoring to floaty florals, fashion writer Tamara Sturtz looks at five trends for spring/summer
My all-time favourite fashion decade dominated the catwalks for spring/summer 2015: the Seventies, that nostalgic decade of flares and fringing, masculine lines and vintage-looking florals. Style icons such as Jane Birkin, Ali MacGraw and Talitha Getty sum up the new season’s trip down memory lane – it’s the fashion that my mother wore when I was growing up, which probably explains my affinity towards it.
Of all the looks, the ‘Chloé’ girl reigned supreme. She is the girl I want to be: sharp denim, soft suede and pretty lace. I love the fact that the new season is about a modern and refined take on boho: a Talitha peasant blouse with a pair of MIH tailored flares, or a long floral dress worn with stacks of gold bracelets and a pair of gladiator sandals.
Denim has never had such prevalence. And it’s time to rip up the denim rulebook, because anything goes – denim worn with denim, denim tailoring, dresses, coats and jackets. For the first time, more really is more. Gucci teamed loose denim trousers with military jackets, while Stella McCartney and Sonia Rykiel took the jumpsuit to a new level.
Beautiful denim shirt dresses from Gucci and Chloé are on my must-have list for spring, as are a pair of denim flares from MIH Jeans, and a denim dress from Alexa Chung’s range for AG Jeans, which I’ll wear over skinny jeans. Peasant blouses are the perfect accompaniment to denim, adding a pretty softness.
My top denim buys
MIH Marrakesh Mid-Rise Flared Jeans, £205 from NET-A-PORTER
Ida Honor Skinny Jeans – Coachella, £185 from Donna Ida
Talitha Sana Embroidered Cotton-Voile Tunic, £390 from NET-A-PORTER
For spring, I love nothing more than a pretty white lace blouse worn with pale denim flares or an A-line denim or suede skirt. When I saw the exquisite lace dresses and blouses at Chloé, along with Mulberry, Erdem, Valentino, Louis Vuitton and Roberto Cavali, my heart skipped a beat.
White, modern and fresh, detail is also key, from fine lace and delicate cutwork to broderie anglaise. I can’t get Chloé’s stunning cutout lace dresses, tunics, and lace shirt dress out of my mind, along with Mulberry’s pretty white lace dress as worn by Georgia May Jagger in their latest ad campaign.
My top lace buys
Talitha Broderie Anglaise Cotton Max Dress, £1,105 from NET-A-PORTER
Anna Mason Harper Broderie Anglaise Blouse £300 from Anna Mason Online
Temperley London Coco Dress, £550, from Temperley London
I have more long floral vintage-style dresses than anything else in my wardrobe. I live in them during the summer, both at home and away. They are so easy to throw on, dress up or down, and are cool and comfortable to wear.
Whether it’s a handkerchief hem or floor skimming, the floral maxi is a key piece for this season’s wardrobe. Floaty florals were seen at Saint Laurent, Emilio Pucci, Missoni, Christian Dior and Gucci, all evoking the Seventies at its prettiest, inspired by icons such as Talitha Getti and Veruschka.
My top floral buys
Erdem Lamara Jardim Lemon Print Silk Gown, £2,520 from Matchesfashion.com
Issa Hazelle Fuchsia Print Long Dress, £595 from Issa London
Needle & Thread Willow Sequin-Embellished Tulle Maxi Dress, £250 from NET-A-PORTER
The last time I wore suede was back in the late Eighties and it was a pair of dark-brown suede trousers. Out of everything I have ever owned, I probably wore them the most. They were comfortable and wore well over time.
What I love about the new suede this season is that it isn’t limited to just jackets, boots or trousers. Skirts and dresses were seen everywhere from Ralph Lauren and Alberta Ferretti to Gucci and Chloé, and they sum up the Seventies vibe perfectly.
I love the idea of wearing a pretty floral dress under Gucci’s butter-soft suede trench, a suede shirt dress such as Diane Von Furstenberg’s classic wrap dress in suede patchwork, or Derek Lam’s teal cut-out suede dress with a pair of gladiator sandals. An A-line suede skirt will look fantastic with a billowy peasant top.
My top suede buys
Victoria, Victoria Beckham Suede Shirt Dress, £1,150 from NET-A-PORTER
Talitha Fringed Suede Vest, £1,530 from NET-A-PORTER
Joseph Nate Leather And Suede Mini Dress, £795 from NET-A-PORTER
Fringing adds a rock ‘n’ roll edge to the soft, willowy look of the seventies and was seen at Alberta Ferretti, Etro, Armani and Rebecca Minkoff. I love the idea of mixing an edgy pair of fringed ankle boots with a pretty floral dress, or a fringed bag with distressed jeans and a lace blouse.
My top fringing buys
Talitha Ghara Fringed Embroidered Silk-Georgette Jacket, £1,590 from NET-A-PORTER
Burberry Hand-Painted Layered Fringe Pencil Skirt, £1,995 from Burberry
Karen Millen Melrose Fringed Bucket Bag, £180 from Karen Millen
If there’s one shoe not to be without this season, it’s the gladiator sandal. Seen striding down the runways from Valentino and Isabel Marant to Chloé and Hugo Boss, it instantly became the key shoe for the season.
I’ve got my eye on Valentinto’s beautiful Rockstud Leather Gladiator sandals in pink, and I could choose several pairs from Aquazzura. Heeled gladiators or ‘caged’ heels are another essential wardrobe essential, which looked fabulous with casual jeans or a cocktail dress.
When it comes to bags, in keeping with the Seventies vibe, the saddle bag is the bag for spring/summer. Chloé, Gucci and Hermès all paraded them on the catwalk. Chloé’s Drew is the bag that everyone is talking about – however, for me, the Marcie is ‘the one’. I also love the Mulberry Tessie Satchel in Oak, such a classic that will last for years and improve with age.
My top accessory buys
Tamara Mellon Chill Out Gladiator Sandals, £279 from Shopbop
Sophia Webster Mina Sandal, £575 from Sophia Webster
Mulberry Tessie Satchel, £595 from Mulberry
Tamara Sturtz is a journalist and founder of fashion blog, The Yellow Dress
Image credit: Burberry