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As a fashion designer and a lover of fashion since I can ever remember, I am asked frequently who am I inspired from and it’s no surprise that my inspiration that I look and adore are from fashion style icons from the past. Obsessed with the 60’s and mainly the 70’s for its beautiful flowing kaftan styles and the introduction of bohemian styles known as the Hippie Look.

Popular early 1970s fashions for women included Tie dye shirts, Mexican 'peasant' blouses, folk-embroidered Hungarian blouses, ponchos, capes, and military surplus clothing. Bottom attire for women during this time included bell-bottoms, gauchos, frayed jeans, midi skirts, and ankle-length maxi dresses. What was not to love about any of this fashion?

Each of the icons inspires me in different completely ways, this is always in my thoughts in the way that I personally style and when designing a collection, I always think about these stylish women who constantly influence me and here are my favourite 5 women of style and how we can emulate their glamour styling with our current Into the Wild Collection.

 

Stevie Knicks – Bohemian Rock Queen

Stevie Knicks the one and only lead singer of Fleetwood Mac, the so-called “queen of rock and roll” who travelled across the globe singing songs that captured the hearts of millions. Her style, so she says, is her “uniform”: the platform boots that elevated her tiny body to a statuesque stage goddess, a neck dripping with beads and a body wrapped in intricate shawls. Nicks’ style is an organic outlet of her spirit and artistry. This, I believe, is the essence of bohemian style, and makes Nicks wholly deserving of iconic status.

Wardrobe Must Haves: 

A ruffle white ruffle dress or skirt, try our Maybella Maxi Dress worn with your favourite shawl or kimono, boots and layered with our Inner Gypsy Jewels.

Brigitte Bardo – The Everyday Bombshell

She was one of the best-known sex symbols in the 1950s/60s and ‘70s. She is most famous for her skimpy bikinis, tiny miniskirts, chic pantsuits, and floppy hats. She also owned the off-shoulder look which is known as ‘The Bardot’ still to this day.

The secret to her iconic femme fatale-esque style was her signature bouffant blonde hair and cat-eye makeup that she donned whatever the occasion. The overall effect was elegant but sexy; she was the epitome of effortless beauty.

Her timeless look has been replicated again and again since her golden days and still inspires red carpets and catwalks. 

Wardrobe Must Haves:

Our Into the Wild blouse paired with the Into the Wild Skirt. Our must have Ezy Rider Penny Lane coat, boots and 70’s hat.

Diane Von Furstenberg – The Wrap Dress Queen

Diane von Furstenberg is no doubt considered fashion royalty. In  the early 1970s, von Furstenberg moved from Paris to New York City, where she quickly found fame as a designer, society figure and Studio 54 mainstay. Because DVF was a member of this exclusive New York set, she knew exactly how to dress them. In 1973, she created a figure-flattering, jersey wrap dress, which not only became her brand's iconic look but is also recognised as a symbol of the women's liberation movement of that decade, reflective of the free spirit culture that was embraced across the nation.

Wardrobe Must Haves:

A Wrap Dress of course - our Into the Wild Wrap Dress, jewels, and suede boots.

Ali MacGraw- The Chic Queen

Ali MacGraw was a fashion model and trendsetter with her own unique style.  Combining bohemian, vintage flair and preppy chic, she was certainly one of the most famous fashion icons of the 60s and 70s.  Her look has a timeless appeal and she has inspired many designers, including Michael Kors and Robert Cavalli.

Wardrobe Must Haves:

Into the Wild Kimono Over the Stella Maxi Dress, boots and layered with Inner Gypsy Jewels

Jane Birkin – The Ultimate Free Spirit and 60’s Queen

Due to her stunning beauty and sex appeal, Birkin became a famous fashion icon. In particular, she became known for her Haute-Hippie style and free spirit, evident in her musical and acting performances. She was mainly known for her use of a straw basket which she used instead of a regular handbag.

Wardrobe Must Haves:

Our Into the Wild Mini Dress, Over the knee Fringe Boots, Hat and her famous look of the Straw Basket.

Note: Our stunning Into the Wild Collection has been a sell out and if you cant buy through us, please check out our list of stockists to purchase any of these amazing styles.

To view our entire Into the Wild Collection, click here

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