Blue Vanilla & 60’s Space Age Couture
The sixties was a decade that pioneered a shift towards ‘space age couture’, replacing feminine styles seen in the fifties. Previous decades past had seen an emphasis on women’s feminine aesthetic; the sixties, however, favored ‘shifts’ , new textures and a-line skirts. Moreover the sixties replaced ‘normative’ materials like ‘brocade’, instead preferring plastic or tech-like fabrics. Largely the inclusion of ‘plastic’ and high shine materials were due to an influx of new ‘fabrics’ that were related to the sixties political landscape. During the sixties the Kennedy Space Centre became the launch capital of the world while the Apollo Program had successfully completed two landings. But how is space travel related to the sixties ‘space couture trend’? Sartorial trends are largely influenced by current political, social and economical events, meaning that looking like an astronaut was a ‘thing’. Thus when man first landed on the moon in 1969, French designer André Courrèges celebrated by curating a ‘sixties space age’ collection.
Courreges had an artful insight into ‘space’; melding avante-garde geometry with space age fabrics, while his infamous ‘mirror disc’ overalls spawned new ‘space’ trends like ‘pvc’, metallics and ‘high shine fabrics’. Today the ‘space’ age trend remains as popular as ever and retailers like Blue Vanilla have cottoned onto its sartorial value. Featuring space age classics like high shine bomber jackets and metallics like gold and silver, Blue Vanilla has clearly done its research. Metallics and high shine fabrics remain a popular satorial choice this Christmas season and this is largely due to its ‘partywear feel’. Metallics and high shine fabrics are often labelled as ‘luxe’ meaning its fabrics are not usually appropriated as a ‘daytime’ look. Thus, if you are struggling to find a ‘space age’ cover-up to compliment your space inspired look, then why not try a 90’s inspired silver bomber. While the space age element of the bomber i.e the high shine silver colour is 60’s based, bombers were popular during the 90’s.
The 90’s Bomber Jacket
Bomber Jackets were popular during the 90’s because it reflected the 1995 ‘Hip Hop’ movement, where ‘Hip Hop’ artists like Jay Z wore bombers with baggy trousers. As bomber jackets moved into ‘mainstream’ fashion, bombers became more minimalist and for women often worn with embroidered ‘mom’ jeans and ankle boots. Today bomber jackets span a multitude of ‘fashion genres’ and Blue Vanilla’s silver bomber jacket is no different. Made from ruched silver high shine material, the silver bomber is a cross between 60’s space age couture and 90’s tailoring. Featuring a ‘puffa’ design the bomber jacket emulates 2016’s fashion aesthetic; loose yet tailored, bombers slightly oversized fit make them the ideal cover-up for any festive occasion. While I am not brave enough to incorporate high shine bombers as part of my normative ‘day wear’, paired with a metallic choker 90’s crop, silver pleated fifties midi skirt and 60’s silver pilgrim heeled flats, the bomber is decidedly fancy.
Not all bomber jackets have to be this fancy and the majority of 90’s style bombers reflect the ‘minimalist’ ethos and aesthetic of the 90’s. Yet space age couture was always designed to be a little avante garde, thus Blue Vanilla’s jacket is a little more ‘out there than the rest’. But that is not necessarily a bad thing; I have never been what you might call a ‘maximalist’ when it comes to styling yet I am not a minimalist either, which leaves me a little in-between. The luxe silver jacket was the perfect fit and its longer length created a slight distortion in proportion, which for winter was a winning look.
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