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February 14, 2011  | by: Nessa Nguyen

BCBG Max Azria at Fashion Week 2011

Things go in and out of fashion quickly, but the past has always served as a great source of inspiration. This season, take your cues from the designers at New York Fashion Week, where the 70s trend is full-blown.

Max Azria channels both the 70s and minimalism with jumpsuits, drop waists and lots of draping and flowing ruffles in the BCBG collection. If there was one lesson to take away, it would be layering. The designer placed a white translucent turtle neck under single-color pieces of clothing. It creates the illusion of a conservative neckline that plagues ’70s granny dresses.  At the same time, the layering style is reminiscent of the cropped biker tights in the DKNY Spring 2010 collection.

Jill Stuart, Peter Som

The ’70s is certainly known as the “disco era,” and a major element of disco wear is stretchy and shiny fabrics like satin, lurex and polyester. For fall 2011, occasional sightings of metallic (e.g., on the runway of Jill Stuart and Peter Som) reinforce this trend.

Flared trousers (popping up in Prabal Gurung, below) mimic the dramatic bell bottoms and wide-leg trousers of the four-decade-old fashion. In the ’70s, ethnic trends were carried on from the late ’60s. This manifests through the jewelries and colorful prints of Jill Stuart’s 2011 collection.

Rag & Bone showcased a lot of textured knits and bright, simplistic color patterns.  Along with leg warmers and minimalist shift dresses, the collection reminds us of the ’70s minis and  knee  socks. The three-piece men’s suit seen below is exemplary of the disco wear of the decade.

Jill Stuart, Prabal Gurung, Rag & Bone

Finally, the ’70s cannot be complete without platform shoes and mules. Thick heels and ankle straps complemented the designs of Jill Stuart and Cynthia Rowley through out their runway shows.

Jill Stuart, Cynthia Rowley

Is 70s wear cute, or does it just make you look like your mom’s old high school photo?  Will you don the trends from the runway this year?

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