It was the era that made bellbottoms a household name, and with Action Replayy set to hit the screens today, the ’70s are back with a bang. Fashion runways from Marc Jacobs to Anita Dongre are bringing back retro influences like floor-grazing dresses and colourful beads, all aimed to give you a little taste of the grooviest period in fashion.
Vipul Shah, director of Action Replayy, says, “We didn’t want to restrict ourselves to Indian clothes, so we decided to mix and match western and Indian sensibilities. We’ve shown skirts, saris, bellbottoms and even kurta-pyjamas. The ’70s were just as vibrant and varied in the West as in India.”
Nikasha Tawadey predicts that flashy logos and monogrammes are out and subtle fashion is in. “People want to be discreet and cool, they don’t want their clothes to be too loud,” she says. “The ’70s wasn’t about clothes, it was about the attitude of peace and love.” She predicts the return of the long kurta, adding, “The style icons of the time are actors like Sharmila Tagore. They wore a lot of starched dupattas to add volume near the face, and paired them with fitted kurtas.”
Style tip — Pair a fitted kurta that ends mid-calf with a starched dupatta and a flower in your hair.
Popular stylist Anaita Shroff Adajania insists that the wide-legged pants are the new silhouette of the season. Known to add valuable inches to your height, Shroff suggests you pair them with oversized glasses and a big slouchy bag to complete your look. “You can also wear a fitted shirt in the same colour to create the illusion of length. And it’s time we returned to our real waist, forget the high-waisted varieties,” she says.
Anupama Dayal and Anita Dongre both showed flowing dresses in bright prints, the kind that are favoured by Bollywood denizens like Sussanne Roshan, Deepika Padukone and Kareena Kapoor. “I showed a lot of flowing dresses on the ramp,” admits Dongre, adding, “Fashion reinvents itself, but it should always look young and modern, not like a relic of the past.”
Style tip— Pair your maxidress with a headscarf and colourful beads for a bohemian party look.
Wedges and platform heels
If the sight of a stiletto gave you vertigo, there’s good news. With the return of the ’70s’ easy glamour, the comfortable wedge heel or its dramatic cousin, the platform heel, is back. Shown on runways by Malini Ramani and Little Shilpa to Fendi and Miu Miu, these super comfortable styles are therapy for your sole. “Even block heels are very ’70s, and they’re super comfortable,” adds Shroff.
—With inputs from Rachana Dubey
Where to hire retro clothes and vintage wheels
The 1970s-style bellbottoms, skirts, tops, belts, shoes, polka dot shirts and matching pants can be hired from Manganlal Dresswala at Swastik Plaza, Near Sahakari Bhandar, Juhu Vile Parle.
Call: 022 22813846
Or 95 A, Shanti Niketan, Marine Lines.
Call: 022 22813846
Shades are easily available at local stores at Linking Road, Bandra, near Mc Donalds and at Colaba Causeway
Cars on hire
VCCCI is a Fort-based club in the city that preserves rich heritage, old-time cars from all around India. They have a club member service under which any vintage car owner from the country can be a member and can rent out their car for temporary use or on occasions like weddings and film shooting on the terms if matched by owner/ member of the club. A strict verification is undertaken.
For renting a vehicle call Vintage and Classic Car Club of India at 022 22664773