Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Day 16: I love the 70s

I was browsing the art & design bestsellers section in Selfridges the other day when this book caught my eye. Aren't those shoes on the cover amazing? (So much so I had to do a little photoshoot to pretend they were mine! Btw, the tights are £2.99 from H&M.) Made by 70s shoemaker Thea Cadabra, they're wittily named All Weather shoes.

Anyway, it got me thinking, what better Christmas gift for a fashionista than a glossy style tome? Especially one as beautiful as this. 70s Style & Design by Dominic Lutyens and Kirsty Hislop (Thames & Hudson, £24.95) is a visual delight, covering the creative arts in the 70s from fashion to architecture to graphic design. Get it from Amazon today for £13.97 and it'll arrive in time for Christmas - with free postage, too!

Here's a peek at the cool eye candy inside...

Sportswear - a trend in the 70s and set to return for spring/summer 2010!

(The 1976 French Elle shoot by Oliviero Toscani featuring Chantal Thomass's rugby shirt-inspired dresses is whetting my appetite for Sonia Rykiel's February collection for H&M already!)

This shot reminds me of Agyness Deyn's shoot with stylist Katie Grand and photographer Ryan McGinley for the autumn/winter 2008 issue of Pop magazine - Agy repeatedly jumped off a Manhattan fire escape, falling five stories onto a crash mat. She was black and blue afterwards but the pictures are sensational. This picture is actually from a 1971 Nova story, where the model is sent flying through the air in a fake-fur bolero, satin hotpants and rainbow socks - a look that wouldn't be out of date right now!

As well as being well-researched and informatively written, what I like about this book is the attention to detail - such as the patterned hardback cover that's hidden under the dust jacket. Sweet.


  1. I love that everything you post actually is a bargain. Not like my usual fashion magazines where the bargain items are little less than £500! Thank you!

  2. hello secret twin - we have frighteningly similar taste! every time i buy something it turns up on your lovely blog! but has your h&m ruffle shoulder jumper turned into a mess of lumps and holes yet? so disappointed by the lack of quality there... i need more than a penguin to debobble that one...



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