Words by Michelle Hanley
June 15th, 2017
After the untimely passing of Anita Pallenberg yesterday at the age of 73, we take a look at her signature style that rocked a generation and its enduring edge. A former factory girl of Andy Warhols, this German-Italian actress turned fashion icon was a self-confessed savoir-vivre, who taught the Rolling Stones a thing or two about style, transforming them from suit wearing schoolboys into flamboyant bohemians donning floppy feathered hats. She later studied fashion design in Central Saint Martins and worked with Vivienne Westwood.
Poignantly, fashion is revisiting the summer of love this season. Haute couture has gone all out hippie and it’s little wonder Pallenberg walked the catwalk for the SS17 Pam Hogg show at London Fashion Week just last September. The Italian fashion houses also embraced this free-spirited dress. Milan gathered the most widespread praise at fashion month for being both creative and wearable and a lot of this can be attributed to many designers taking their inspiration from the fun and timelessly cool style of the 1970s. Gucci’s extravaganza included bejewelled tinted sunglasses straight off of a disco disc sleeve while Roberto Cavalli’s patchwork flares and embroidered kaftans or Prada’s turtlenecks would have you Woodstock ready in no time.
If that wasn’t enough of an excuse to channel you inner flower child this summer then Alexa Chung’s debut collection is sure to do the trick. Launched earlier this month, her signature vintage style includes a distinct homage to 70’s staples such as printed floral shirts and dresses, tight knit tops and leather pinafores.
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