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Fashion Icons: Pattie Boyd II

18 Aug

Pattie Boyd is my seventh fashion icon in this series. I’ve already written posts about Jane Birkin, Sharon Tate, Britt Ekland, Uschi Obermaier, Anna Karina and Edie Sedgwick.

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Pattie Boyd (b. 17 March 1944) was a model in times of Swinging London and a dolly bird who married my favourite Beatle – George Harrison, and later another great rock star – Eric Clapton. After being a model and a muse to two musicians, Pattie went on to become a photographer and an author by writing her autobiography Wonderful Tonight. Pattie holds a very special place in my heart because she was one of the first fashion icons of the 1960s that I fell in love with, and she was loved by George which is quite enough for me. And speaking of George and The Beatles, I have to mention their song Something which was written by George and inspired by Pattie herself! Do listen to it, the lyrics are so beautiful:

Something in the way she moves
Attracts me like no other lover
Something in the way she woos me
I don’t want to leave her now
You know I believe and how
Somewhere in her smile she knows
That I don’t need no other lover
Something in her style that shows me
Don’t want to leave her now
You know I believe and how
You’re asking me will my love grow
I don’t know, I don’t know
You stick around now it may show
I don’t know, I don’t know…

Pattie and George were a typical Mod-turned-Hippie couple. So, for her Mod-look think of mini dresses, cute jumpers with knee-length skirts, striped shirts, pointy shoes, black dresses with white collars, and the typical Mod make up. For her hippie phase think of floral dresses, flared paisley trousers, beads and long necklaces, floppy hats and longer, free-flowing dresses. Her hairstyle and make up also changed; for Mod style she wore heavy eye makeup, fringe and hair with flicked ends, and for her hippie phase she ditched the fringe and opted for a bit longer, more natural looking hair. Here you can read about Pattie’s tips on 1960s makeup and long hairstyle.

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Fashion icons: Pattie Boyd

18 Jan

With the help of the Pink Floyd music I entered the 1960s Psychedelic era and  instantly fell in love with the captivating, optimistic and consciousness expanding decade. I love Swinging London as you may have guessed since I’ve written a post about it recently. There are lots of things I love about the 60s and one of them is surely fashion. My favourite fashion icon from the 60s is Pattie Boyd – muse of, both George Harrison and Eric Clapton.

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Pattie Boyd’s style can be described as a Mod-turned-hippie. While she was a model for Vogue and many other magazines, she cherished Mod style – characteristic for middle 1960s London. Later on, after the Psychedelic revolution changed the scene and bands such as Pink Floyd with Syd Barrett and The Jimmy Hendrix Experience set psychedelic fashions in the London Underground she started dressing in more hippie style but still very chic.

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In early years she wore straight, knee-length skirts and pointed shoes but after her marriage with George Harrison she started wearing more Mod-like fashions. She basically replaced a classic 1960s style for more youth-oriented Mod fashions which included very short A-line dresses, geometric patterns, more colourful fabrics, mini skirts…

In the photo below she wears a knee length floral patterned skirt (hint of hippie style) and a turban (ah, those crazy 60s). I personally love Mod fashion with a psychedelic touch. It’s still elegant and simple, but without too many geometric patterns and bold, black and white combinations.

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Mix of Mod and Psychedelic fashion is just perfect to me and this is one of the reasons I’m in love with Pattie’s style. She’s a real cutie, 1960s doll with good taste when it comes to fashion and men (George Harrison). Her fashion style is very inspirational to me but I like her hairstyle as well. As she once said, it is more important for being a model to have a feeling for clothes and a natural gift for wearing them than being beautiful. She certainly had that. She was beautiful and cute but not a least bit conceited or arrogant. Her appearance was just natural all together.

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Notice her shoes on the photo above. They really interesting, though typical for 1960s. I’ve also noticed how casual and comfortable her style actually was. She rarely wore jewellery or any accessorize, maybe earrings only, for it wasn’t fashionable in the 1960s Mod fashion. Of course, later when she embraced psychedelic hippie fashion she started wearing large wooden earrings and bracelets, but I’m focusing on her Mod look here.

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I love the 60s A-line mini dresses! They’re so simple, clean and fluid without excess detailing and yet they easily catch everyone’s attention. Pattie looks so stunning in these dresses with her long thin legs and angelic face with big blue eyes. The dress above on the left is also very pretty; it’s a little bit longer than usual but equally beautiful.

The dresses down below are a bit more hippie influenced but I still love them. Short and A-lined with floral patterns and nice trimmings they are truly captivating. I think my personal favourite would be the one in the middle, but the other two leave me speechless as well. The sleeves tended to be quite interesting themselves; just look at the ones below. Another thing I love about 1960s fashion is the neckline – actually, the absence of one.

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Does Pattie Boyd inspires you with her great fashion sense and touch for clothes or is she not particularly your cup of tea ?

1960s Swinging London Fashion

10 Jan

Lately I’ve been really interested in 1960s fashion, especially Swinging London fashion. In this post I’ll focus on London fashion and I’ll write about Parisian chic ”baby doll look” from the 60s some other time.

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London was the best place in the world in the 1960s. Youth culture flourished and post-war austerity finally gave place to a decade of optimism and exploration – of everything. Rock music was instrumental in youth culture and teenagers and young people were crazy about The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks and The Who. Psychedelic rock also grew more popular every day with bands such as Pink Floyd and The Jimmy Hendrix Experience setting a psychedelic underground scene in London. Culture was at its peak and Art schools developed what we know as the 60s.

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Fashion icons in the 60s London were Twiggy, Mary Quant, Pattie Boyd, Jane Asher, Jean Shrimpton, members of The Beatles, Pete Townshend of The Who and Brian Jones. First half of the decade was characterized by Mod styles but around 1967. the Mod fashion started to blend heavily with hippie fashions. George Harrison and Pattie Boyd were typical Mod-turned-hippie couple.

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Mod fashion became extremely popular among females and Mary Quant encouraged not only this style, but also young people to play with fashion. Post-war generation were the first to have money to buy records, new clothes and makeup. That was ideal because there were dozens of new styles being invented every day, especially in Carnaby Street in London.

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Mary Quant invented mini-skirt and this is where all begins in the 1960s fashion. Dresses were becoming shorter and shorter every day until they were covering the legs only ten centimeters. Pop art brought geometric patterns and two-coloured (mostly black-white) dresses. Mini-dresses were often worn with long tight boots. Stripes, dots and other geometrical patterns were everywhere; they decorated the skirts, dresses, blouses… PVC raincoats and bobbed hair were IT for women. Twiggy was known as ”the queen of Mod” and she was ”the face of 1966”

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Twiggy wore the shortest dresses ever, but with no neckline. Combined with skin-coloured or white stockings and flats she looked gorgeous with long, skinny legs, bobbed blonde hair and blue eyes with extremely long (false) eyelashes. These kind of dresses were rather simple, high waisted, short-sleeved and in baby doll style. Another look that I find was quite popular was a mini skirt combined with a turtle-neck pullover.

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Psychedelic scene developed in London half way through the decade. Syd Barrett was, along with Pink Floyd and The Jimmy Hendrix Experience, instrumental in creating the style. Syd was very fashionable and often wore velvet trousers, bandana knotted like a tie around his neck, blouses with psychedelic prints, waistcoats and colourful shirts. Sunglasses in different shapes and colours were also popular.

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At around 1967. Mod fashion started to alter to a new, laid back hippie style. The following year was known as the summer of love, and many festivals helped to promote hippie style. As I already said, George Harrison and Pattie Boyd were fashion icons, mainly representing Mod fashion, but around this time they embraced the new flower power style. Pattie begun wearing paisley printed trousers, waistcoats, lots of jewellery, mini dresses with floral prints, wooden bracelets, wide sleeved blouses, crazy patterns and sandals.

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I love the 1960s as a decade in everything! Swinging London fashion and culture is so interesting and I hope I inspired you in a fashion way and I hope I managed to capture the essence of wonderful, colourful and optimistic 1960s London.