Collection: LOOK 4 - the comeback of the swinging 60s

COURRÈGES

Be courageous in Courrèges spring 2016, look 57, ready to wear. This mod-style dress with its clean lines and short skirt shows strong 60s references, the label's prime decade. The different materials and hues of blue are playing off of each other for an interesting to look at structure within the dress. The entire front can be open and closed by solid press buttons, to prevent any accidents. The pockets, too disappoint many, are purely for design purposes, thereby do not disturb the line of the dress and protect the material from bulking. Ever since the brand’s re-awakening with the LVMH price wining duo Sébastien Meyer and Arnaud Vaillants, there is hope for a fashionable future. 

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COURRÈGES

The brand has always been known for a streamlined and typically futuristic look. Therefore the glasses matching by Courrèges are exactly that. Originally designed in 1965 these are the re-editioned “Eskimo Eclipse” sunglasses. Coming back 2001 with a new version, these glasses have been inspired by the Inuit, whom used solid glasses with a slit to see, as protection of the eyes and to avoid snow blindness. 

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COURRÈGES

To learn more about the brand: a collectible coffee table book by Erik Orsenna. The book features a metal cover filled to the brim with pictures from Helmut Newton, William Klein and more. Published in 2008 it holds many insights about the brand, the heritage, the designer himself. The book is written in French, but the over 260 pages are mainly pictures that invite you into the fabulous world of the brand.  

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ROCHAS

A typical choice for a full-on Courrèges look would have been a go-go boot to further elongate the legs. But here a pair of patent leather Rochas bootees make the dress 2021 appropriate. This solid and more conservative choice of shoe can tone down a rather unusual and eye-catching dress. Black ankle boots are a classic for fall/winter that survive every closet purge, year after year. Rochas, another French fashion house, prominent for demi-couture garments is still leaning on its past of strongly focussing on quality and design. Elegance always has been at the core of the brand since its founding, almost a hundred years ago, in 1925. Back in the day, the founder was credited to offer an optimistic attitude towards the future, something he and the futuristic Courrèges had in common. 

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PRADA

A Prada patent leather coat completes the easy-to-care-for list of products. A twist on a classical black trenchcoat is the material: we have gotten used to leather trenches over the last season and are now leveling up to a glossy finish. For fall/winter 1989 Miuccia Prada created the first-ever womenswear collection for the former leather goods house. Over time she, her husband and her siblings turned the inherited, Italian family business into an international trend-setting powerhouse.  

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PACO RABANNE

Unusual materials and designs wouldn’t be covered without Paco Rabanne. The “1969” chainmail shoulder bag is an iconic piece by this brand known for its futuristic design. The usage of unexpected materials to create fashion is more common in times of “Project Runway” but has rarely been seen back in the 60s. Plastic, metal, brass and other things have been used to create memorable and exciting moments in fashion history. Finding a model made of leather and brass plates is rare, especially when it comes with a box. It is a perfect way to dip into the brand without donning a full-on armor of a dress. Increasingly seen on Influencers and across social media, the brand is starting to experience the comeback in fashion it deserves, instead of just being remembered for perfumes. Altogether this look is more inspired by “Barbarella” than Berghain, especially, as Paco Rabanne himself first received international recognition due to his costume designs for exactly that movie.

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Look 004 is featuring two heritage brands that shaped and influenced the 60s in a strong way. Paco Rabbane as well as Courrèges have been out of consumer focus, but are preparing for a comeback. It shows that not only trends are cyclical but brands are too. If a brand is no longer on the market for lovers of the aesthetic it always is a hard-to-swallow pill but the secondhand market got you covered until the brand, the icons and its design identity will be revitalized. 

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