Rock the Runway

Rock the Runway

Watching the Fashion Week 2015 Ready-To-Wear runway shows, it seems that the all of the designers had the 70s on their mind. Each day of fashion week was filled with runways that flaunted 70s inspired clothes. Despite this theme, however, none of the clothes were too retro.

This trend was carried out in clothes that seemed to reflect the music produced at that time. These different music genres created sub-trends and allowed for a refreshing take on the 70s.


Song suggestion: Dancing Queen – Abba


Arguably the music most related to the 70s time period, there were plenty of frocks from NYFW that could have been spotted at any disco-tech. Disco is all about loud sounds and dancing. Rodarte was able to channel the characteristics of disco with their slinky sequin and feather dresses. While JCrew’s runway sported pants that looked like they were inspired from Saturday Night Fever.

Rodarte 2015 Ready-to-wear


Song suggestion: Shadowplay – Joy Division

Siouxsie Sioux
Siouxsie Sioux

Although Goth music is more associated with the 80s, it started in the late 70s with Joy Division. Goth was a heavy trend on the runway. While the models looked weighed down in all black, leather, and greasy hair at Alexander Wang, they also looked effortlessly full of angst. Other runways had a similar Goth vibe, with a more modern and street wear twist to it. Derek Lam, Katie Gallagher, and Alexandre Plokhov sent models down the catwalk with clothes that were down right moody.

Alexander Wang Fashion Week 2015 Ready-to-wear
Alexander Wang 2015 Ready-to-wear

Glam Rock

Song suggestion: Seven Day Weekend – The New York Dolls

David Bowie
David Bowie

The fashion of glam rock is almost proto-punk, but participants couldn’t let go of loud metallics and shimmer. Glam Rock fashion is all about gender bending, minimalistic cuts, and being avant-garde. Imagine Rocky Horror Picture Show, but less morbid. Loud metallic dresses were rocked on Rachel Zoe’sand Lela Rose’s runways.

Zac Posen Fashion Week 2015 Ready-to-wear
Zac Posen 2015 Ready-to-wear


Song suggestion: Gypsy – Fleetwood Mac

Stevie Nicks
Stevie Nicks

70s rock is full of free spirit and calming tunes. Icons such as Stevie Nicks and Bianca Jagger were made to wear boho dresses that were sent down Tory Burch, Anna Sui, and Reem Acra runways. While many outfits were suited for any gypsy queen, patchwork also made a silent comeback on the runway of Clover Canyon. This was the 70s trend that bordered on retro.

Alice and Oliva 2015
Alice and Oliva 2015 Ready-to-wear

Christina Tiberio


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