Sunday, 13 February 2011

Seventies stripes






I originally called my blog 'Clothes, Cameras and Coffee' merely on a whim when I started it in June 2009. However, little did I know then that my fledgling love of clothes and coffee would turn into a full blown obsession! Now I realise that the first two references in my blog title are regularly acknowledged, while the 'coffee' element is somewhat left out. However, this post should change the balance a little!

The inspiration behind this outfit was the idea of a lazy seventies morning - complete with breakfast and plenty of vinyl records. And of course it started with an outlandish dress that my mum bought a year ago from our favourite local market stall. On a hanger it looks like some hideous hybrid of beach towel and fire tinder (I was almost scared to brush my hair, lest a static spark set the incredibly flammable fabric alight!) However, when I put it on I felt much more elegant than anticipated.
As I have mentioned before, the seventies is not a decade I am naturally drawn to - I prefer the New Look of the fifties, or the youthful spirit of the sixties. However, I thought now would be a perfect time to showcase the dress, as the the next London Fashion Week (which I will be attending, if I actually manage to get into any shows!) is mere days away.
The percieved seventies trends that dominated the catwalks in September will now be available to purchase and wear. But the question is - is it already too late? The introduction of livestreaming shows, immediate dissection and discussion of the clothes on the internet, and in some cases the privilege of pre-ordering pieces the minute they hit the catwalk, means that the initial excitement can die away quickly. Much can change in the six months between the initial showing and the availability in shops. I posted my first seventies inspired outfit days after the spring/ summer trends had been established. Savvy bloggers will have probably already got the nylon out of their systems (And I have to say, as a bit of a fabric snob, I'm usually reluctant to let man made fibres over the threshold of my room), and are ready to interpret the next hand of cards flourished by the fashion world....

I really enjoyed the theatricality of this shoot. It was a fantastic excuse to pull out all the seventies crockery that my mum has found in various charity shops and on ebay! There is something about setting up a photographic scene that feels like putting together a theatre set - choosing the appropriate props.
And for matching accessories, I added some charity shopped faith wedges, a pair of chocolate brown tights and a necklace that belongs to my mum.

As a final point, I just wanted to thank AvaPilar who commented on my last post who suggested looking up some of Kate Bush's music videos. Having now done so, I feel the same way about her videos as I do about Tim Walker's photography - stunning in their variety and endlessly innovative ideas. For anyone who hasn't seen it, do look up 'Cloud Busting'.

44 comments:

lindsey lowe said...

love this! very seventies inspired!

Julie said...

seventies yes ! good pictures :)

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alexandratherese said...

The furniture and outfit combined are just so seventies Roz! The skirt is so vibrant so I like the way you've toned down the rest of the outfit with more muted shades. I also completely agree about how trends are already over before they hit the shops - I suppose that's why I think "why bother?" it's so much less stressful if I do my own thing! I suppose that is why vintage is an escape route for me.

Alexandra Thérèse xx

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TC said...

I love this! Those wedges are to die for!

MargieF said...

your outfit literally matches the furniture i love the fluidity. im going to go onto youtube and look up that video now:)
margief
x
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T. said...

Love the first picture!

K said...

I have to agree with you about the time dissonance in fashion - by the time you can actually wear the clothes (be it thanks to season or highstreet availability) they're already old news! Sometimes I think coverage should be a bit more staggered, to keep the excitement going.

K xx


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Monroe Steele said...

the skirt and shoes were awesome

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My Heart Blogged said...

I love the wide leg jean look from the runways for the 70's look. But, at the same time I never stopped wearing mine. It does feel like it all goes a little too fast sometimes, we don't even get to savor it.
My Heart Blogged

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

I adore the vibrancy of the skirt and most importantly I am seduced by the story behind the pictures - I find them they have a mysterious quality. Your makeup is flawless.
You are beautiful.

northwest is best said...

Lovely photos, Roz! The seventies look isn't one that I especially go for, but my mother has kindly passed on some of her dresses from the decade and they are really beautiful.

leasha said...

I really love your blog! It's AWESOME!!! You have a really cool individual style. However I would really like to see you change your hairstyle! Because it looks boring and flat sometimes....it is still very pretty and long. Love Lhaphie

Jessica said...

Love this, I did a post on the 70's not long ago too!
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Polka Princess said...

Each & every shot & frame is very well thought-out & superbly captured! Love the shoes... :)
Also.....this is the first indoor shoot of yours am seeing on the blog.....& it's as awesome as your outdoor ones!!!

crystal tadvanam said...

Fashion is dead but style lives on, beautiful photos!

sacramento said...

Looking back in time the 70s was the worst fashion ever. But somebody out there love it, so it is recurrent every year.
I love the glamour, and magnificent dresses of the 40s, and the wild and free 80s.
You look fantastic in your 70s coffee morning outfit.
Love your first photo the best.
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November Grey said...

You look like a perfect mannequin in these photos. Stunning!

xx

November Grey

Penny Dreadful said...

I'm always late commenting on your posts because I leave them to read last in my reader, knowing I will want to spend time drooling over the photos.

I really like all the decades, and adore this dress and all the props you have used. I have to say I am even more in love with the coffee set, sideboard and record player here than the clothing! As for synthetics, I do prefer the feel of natural fibres, but have to say that nothing retains colour and shape for so long as nylon or polyester. The colours of the 60s and 70s are as vibrant today as they were then, which I am very thankful for :)

L. said...

Roz, your posts are always so thoughtful and interesting. A pleasure to read! I love how you put so much thought into what you write and the setting of your photograph. I definitely echo your 70s sentiments.
You inspire me to put more effort into writing my blog posts rather than rambling on about the weather and pretty frivolities!

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the Citizen Rosebud said...

The '70's are much maligned but they are the decade of natural materials and organic design and when done right still feel modern. It's just the decade also mass-produced cheap versions of the designs and so we think of it with distaste.

You've really captured the '70's feels without looking like a cliche version of 1973.

I've just watched the BBC show, Look Around You. Have you seen it? Perfect pistache of the '70's vibe. Peace.

the Citizen Rosebud said...

PS: and in regards to the 40plus women of style, I would so love to see more pics of your beautiful mum, so maybe you could start a story board about it. And beg her to model for you, for a change. xo. -Bella Q
the Citizen Rosebud

Tonya said...

Love this post! I adore your outfit and I love how you did the entire 70s look to your photos! I really enjoyed this post.

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THE-LOUDMOUTH said...

Lovely thoughts. Your hair totally matches this look! The props you used are awesome, too.

Raez said...

i love it! not a lot of people could pull off horizontal stripes, especially in the form of a long skirt, but you pull it off marvelously!

xx raez

Li said...

i think your reference in seventy with the moody photo are really perfect. there is this nostalgic feeling in your photos that i like very much.

Kate said...

love the skirt, such psychedelic colours, I love the vibrancy of it against the deep brown tights. Amazing photos, and I agree with what you say about setting things up for the photos, just like a theatre!
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Raji said...

I love this outfit, and the inspiration to it is fantastic!

Dakuro said...

Nice pics thanks for sharing, and your title it's amazing haha ;D

Enery said...

Love this picks!!
xoxo
Enery

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styleodyssey said...

you can wear any decade, any era! and you look so long and lean in knits. and i see you're wearing those cool shoes i like. :)
another great-looking outfit, roz. xo

the nyanzi report said...

I love that skirt and the whole mood of the photoshoot! It was great to meet you today and your mum at Sommerset House. I loved your outfit.

Hope Adela Pasztor said...

you look so beautiful in these photos, m'dear! love that long skirt on you. kate bush has been one of my favorite artistis for several years now---her music, lyrics, music videos, and personal style are dripping with beauty, originality, and creativity!

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Fashionistable said...

Roz it was a real treat to meet you and your Mum today and seeing you so well. Thank you for letting take your picture. This is a beautiful story - I love the stripes. Xxxx

Carly said...

Hi Roz, I hope you're well. This shoot is certainly a new one for you, I love the 70's theme. Where are the side drawers from? They remind me of a some by a Swedish design house but knowing you and your mothers excellent eye for vintage I'm sure it's a original piece you found in an antique store.

Did I see you today at Osmans studio with your mother collecting tickets for his show? I'm sure it was you and would have come over and said hello but I was super busy working on the running order for the show. I'm now officially working for a stylist s was assisting her on the show. I hope your trip to LFW is proving to be an interesting one for you.

Lots of love. Carly

I Live For It said...

This looks like a professional shoot out of an editorial?!?!! LOVE IT! So happy I stumbled on your blog, it's fantastic! Following you now. ;)

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Xx. Jewls and Liza

Megs said...

I snapped you at LFW on Saturday and I was wondering who you were the whole time (so out of touch with the blogsphere) anyway.. you have lovely style and I'm glad I've found your blog now! Xxx

Anthea said...

Just stumbled across your blog and I love it! This shoot is just great. Love your hair and the 70s inspiration.

Anthea,
Embracing Style

c'est freak, le chic said...

So poised and beautiful. I adore your style x

danniekate said...

roz! it was nice to meet you and have lunch with you and your mum. (please say thank you to her too!) best of luck with your interview for 6th form, i think you'll wow them :) xx

heylila said...

cool! you have legs like me!

bisous,
mia

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Laurita P said...

i'm diggin the 70s vibe :)

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Just a lazy morning said...

So good here!!
love the wedges!
xoxo

Chloë said...

Great photoshoot! I totally get what you mean about a shoot being like setting up a stage for a theater performance, it's so fun, isn't it? Kind of like putting together a piece of artwork if you think about it. By the way, I would just like to say that you should SO become a model! These pictures look really editorial and high fashion and you showcase the seventies look so well. I never really used to like the seventies either- but I am very slowly becoming seduced! :-)
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xxx

Reckless Rekha. said...

You look so amazing and i wish i had your amazing figure xx