Nostalgia fashion has had a bad name of late. The recent eighties revival doesn’t work on everyone – shoulder pads and bleached denim are an acquired taste that few of us can pull off. But there’s one decade that is consistently very much in vogue and every few seasons there’s yet another revival of the Swinging Sixties that happily does work for everyone – boys as well as girls. Who wouldn’t want to look like lean Shrimp ton in a classic shift dress and beautifully cut mac or John Lennon in a quintessential pea-coat and stylish brogues? If you’re in need of some sartorial inspiration, the National Portrait Gallery is bringing to the North a new exhibition chronicling this era with photographs of the leading pop music personalities who helped create ‘Swinging London’.
The exhibition is titled ‘Beatles to Bowie: the sixties exposed’ and charts this phenomenal
pop scene throughout the decade, including the rivalry between The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, and the influence pop stars had on the fashions of the decade. This
is a visual master-class in how to dress well – so take notes.
‘BEATLES TO BOWIE: THE SIXTIES EXPOSED’ 6TH FEBRUARY — 18TH APRIL. LAING ART GALLERY, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
If Seventies style is more your bag you will already be familiar with the name Halston – the US abel made famous during the Studio 54 heyday and seen on the likes of Bianca Jagger and other fashion icons of the era. The Halston mainline label is still alive and kicking but for those of us who don’t have £1ooo plus to spend on one frock allow me to introduce Halston Heritage, the new diffusion line of party dresses, tuxedo jackets and elegant evening wear – all with an authentic seventies vibe without being too obviously ‘retro.’
Exclusive to Jules B this season, the summer Haiston Heritage collection will be hitting stores (and online) from the end of January. If you still don’t believe me when I say this is the label to be seen in this year – Sarah Jessica Parker is wearing the white v-neck cocktail dress in the official pictures for Sex and the City 2. If it’s good enough for Carrie Bradshaw…