The 1960s is a running current in contemporary fashion, with designers turning over every major and minor moment from this much-revisited decade–Balenciaga silhouettes, flower power, Carnaby Street dandyism…. So it was at Wednesday’s Joe Fresh show. This was the ’60s of space-age modern. Of Courrèges, Cardin and Rabanne. Of A-line mini-skirts and mod black-and-white.
Opening the show was model Pat Cleveland, an icon of the Halston ’70s, who twisted down the runway in all-over harlequin diamonds. Following was a black-and-white parade of op-art checks and thick stripes (A Courrèges reference Marc Jacobs also hit for spring) and neoprene suits, skirts and hoodies in blinding white–all of which will indeed feel very fresh next spring. (Thankfully the brand’s reasonable price points allows for the inevitable bump in dry-cleaning costs.) Also on the futuristic tip was a substantial array of metallic pieces–silver pants, full foil skirts and cool crochet-look mini-dresses that rang with the spirit of Paco Rabanne’s iconic chainmail frocks. And if you can’t do gold jeans for the office, a simple white blouse with a silver collar will let you indulge in the trend.
A few more sundry likes: a pretty dove-grey silk printed with blotches of white, relaxed, round-neck blouses with contrast edging, a white faux-croc pencil skirt with matching capelet and box bag, and stiff neoprene polos in black, white, and black and white.
Cleveland, for one, seems to be feeling it: “Things are light and beautiful, it’s futuristic. Even if there is a vintage reference, it feels totally new,” she says. “I think what he really is moving towards is that inventiveness of creating simplified fashion. We all need some simplicity you know, and these pieces are all touchable.” See the full Joe Fresh Spring 2013 collection