Roberto Cavalli RTW Spring 2015
Missoni RTW Spring 2015
Alberta Ferretti RTW Spring 2015
Emiliano Pucci RTW Spring 2015
The maxi dress first emerged into fashion as a part of the 1960's hippie movement, which was intended to counter the growing trend of the mini skirt. In the 1970's, global influences and new printing technology allowed maxi dresses to be made out of exotic and fresh fabrics that had never been seen before. A flowing silhouette was the favorite of Americans during the last half of the hippie movement in the 70's. This look has been reborn on the Milan runways for several Ready-to-Wear Spring 2015 shows. Designers have clearly taken inspiration from the silhouette, colors, and fabrics of the 70's in order to create maxi dresses that are relevant for today's fashion consumer. Peter Dundas, designer of Pucci, "...held a grudge against [his] parents that [he] wasn't an adult in the 1970s to actually have fun then. It just feels right again now." The 70's-inspired maxi dress trend exerts an essence of playful easiness that has caused this look to make a comeback for this next spring.
There is something endearing about a brand that has been around for over two centuries, and has seldom changed their classic trademark style and fit over time. Birkenstocks have been around since their emergence in 1776 in Germany, but are most famously known for their popularity in America during the 60's and 70's. The free-spirited hippies of this time period identified with the "back-to-nature" feel that comes along with owning a pair of birkenstocks. They became more than just a pair of sandals, they were a way of life-some even believed they were the catalyst of a movement.
After some time on the backburner during the 80's, Birkenstock popularity experienced a resurgence during the grungy 90's. Again, people gravitated towards the laid-back easiness that the sandals emulated. The 90's were a period of an undone and effortless style, which made people yearn for the spirit of the care-free days of Woodstock.
A few months ago, my mind became fixated on owning a pair of my own Arizona style Birkenstocks. Maybe a lifetime of watching my dad shamelessly rock socks and Birks finally took its toll on me, who knows. I finally got my own pair of purple metallic leather Arizonas for Christmas, and my wardrobe was forever changed. They automatically add an effortlessly chic touch to any outfit, while carrying a visual history along with every wear that indefinitely attracts compliments. Not to mention they are by far the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn, because after just a few wears they become customly molded to the owner's feet.
Since I've been converted into your typical granola-crunching Birkenstock lover, I have seen Birkenstocks popping up once again into the world of fashion. Over the past couple years, celebrities such as the Olsen twins and Anne Hathaway have nailed the casual celebrity look while rocking various styles. With summer just around the corner, stores such as Urban Outfitters have suddenly stocked up on a wide selection of Birkenstocks. Birkenstock truly has something for everyone, as they go beyond their classic two-strap Arizona style, and now make various sandals that some may find more flattering. Owning your own pair is not only a fresh update to any closet, but also gives the wearer a sense of history and community that is impossible to find with any other shoe brand.
After recently watching Winona Ryder's raw and phenomenal performance in Reality Bites, I fell in love with this 90's It Girl. Her rock n' roll style in the 90's was timeless, and still remains as an inspiration for girls today. Ryder often made statements by her "borrowed from the boys" looks-however, she held on to her feminity within the details and styling of her outfits. A true style icon is one that can stand the test of time, and it seems Winona Ryder already has that in the bag.