I love fall’s ’60s trend. How do I embrace it without looking like Austin Powers?
July 10, 2009 9:00 a.m.
Phillip Lim, fall 2009
Well, there’s a lot to love about ’60s fashion. All those limbs! The cute little go-go boots! The zippers and big buttons! It's fresh, it has energy and style—it feels young. Where it goes horribly wrong and goofy is when people get all Austin Powers about it and make it costumey. The style can be done with just a print, a silhouette, a hemline. Modern-day ’60s chic goddesses Kate Moss and Irina Lazareanu epitomize this perfectly, in their tiny little skirts, rock-star fur vests, and drapey Ossie Clark originals—but instead of looking retro, they look stylish, ahead of the curve.
Rule of thumb: Take only the best of it. Phillip Lim did exactly this in his fall 2009 runway show, blending together the three ’60s muses: mod, Biba, and girlfriend of a Rolling Stone into one fabulous collection. From Bianca Jagger types, he sampled the androgynous skinny-skinny pantsuits and over-the-top shaggy furs and vests. From mod, he took straight, clean cuts and defiantly short hemlines; from Biba, the lush, ’30s-inflected glamour of the iconic label—delicately swirly dresses, oversize florals, and diaphanous, Gypsyish allure.