The late ’60s and early ’70s are still very much in evidence in fashion inspiration this season. Bell-bottom trousers, suede dresses and swinging fringes are some of the elements that represent this fashion moment and can be spotted in brands’ new collections.
However, the big trend from that period that’s grabbed the spotlight is the print that symbolises the flower power movement. However, tie-dye has grown up becoming a simple, sophisticated pattern, leaving its hippie roots behind and conquering the catwalks.
The pattern is beach appropriate and swimsuits are expected to be covered in this DIY-style stamp, so make sure to add plenty of this print when you’re getting ready for the coming summer’s pool parties. To embrace the modern twist expressed in this season’s pieces, opt for neutral shades. Earth tones are perfect and easy to pair with brighter shades.
Altuzarra and Narciso Rodriguez painted classy dresses with eye-catching tie-dye effects. BCBG Max Azria betted on a carefree style to impress its exigent public. Dsquared2 spoke to its young customers with bright contrasting pieces and Valentino went for stylish outerwear.
Do It Yourself
To create this effect at home, just twist the piece you want to dye (usually white T-shirts) and knot it up, keeping in mind that the way you fold it will affect the result. You can have stripes, swirls or pleats. Soak the garment in fabric paint and let it absorb the colour for some time, then rinse well. To create the same effect on coloured pieces, use bleach instead of paint.
H&M’s bikini line has interesting cuts to make sure it’s anything but boring. The bra of this set can also be used as a top and paired with skirts, shorts or trousers.