This spring the fashion magazines have made reference to the 1970’s influence on design for 2015. Halston, Diane Von Furstenberg and Yves St. Laurent come to the top of my mind. The wrap dresses, ultra suede, flared ( bell bottom) pants, platform shoes, gladiator sandals and fringe are in all the stores and catalogs. Also, what about the famous caftan popularized by st. Laurent during his Marrakesh days? Today we see it again, just as Yves designed it, either as a long dress or tunic for both women and men. Look again and you will see stacks of bangle bracelets; silver, gold, ceramic, with or without stones. Another throwback…patchouli; in candles, essential oils and soaps.
Looking back to home interiors of that era, I see so many things that are in the showrooms today. Bamboo is everywhere. It is printed on fabric and wallpaper. It is used as furniture frames either in a natural finish or glossy paint. The paint could be black or white, but is excitingly fresh when done in shades of lime green, fuschia, yellow and lapis blue.
In addition to bamboo, look also for the trellis pattern.
Not only is it printed on fabrics and paper, but is actually being installed on walls and ceilings to achieve that tropical, relaxed look of the islands.
On the floors, Shag carpeting and Moroccan rugs have reappeared. Fur throws appear on beds and sofas but this time around are mostly synthetic and washable.
White furniture has been popular for several years now, but channel back to Billy Baldwin in the 1970’s. He loved working with off white textured materials such as rough linen, handwoven cottons, and raw silk. For accessories, think of the starburst mirror, the ginger jar, bar carts and martini tables.
The 70’s never looked so good.