Today’s Woman: Back to the days when glam could really rock

Photo of safari jacket, �499 and trousers, �299, Jaeger (0845 051 0063/www.jaeger.co.uk). Picture: PA Photo/Jaeger.
Photo of safari jacket, �499 and trousers, �299, Jaeger (0845 051 0063/www.jaeger.co.uk). Picture: PA Photo/Jaeger.
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Step into a style time machine and transport yourself back to hippy boho and disco glamour. If there’s one trend dominating this season, it’s the spirit of the Seventies.

From Studio 54 disco to relaxed boho, the hottest looks of the hotpants era are inspiring fashione once again.

Marc Jacobs spring 2011 collection during Fashion Week in New York. Picture: AP Photo/Seth Wenig/PA Photos.

Marc Jacobs spring 2011 collection during Fashion Week in New York. Picture: AP Photo/Seth Wenig/PA Photos.

It is set to swamp the high street - but as usual, the look was first taken up by the big-name designers.

Many of them went back in time with catwalk tributes to the era - replete with big flares, big hair, floppy hats and platform soles.

While Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton and Pucci flaunted glamorous brights and disco hedonism, the likes of Etro and Ferragamo opted for another big trend from the Seventies- stripped-back safari neutrals.

“I learned about fashion during the Seventies,” Jacobs said of his influential spring/summer collection.

Warehouse purple jumpsuit, �70. Picture: PA Photo/Warehouse.

Warehouse purple jumpsuit, �70. Picture: PA Photo/Warehouse.

“There’s a beautiful, decadent kind of glamour to that period, so it felt right and fresh to revisit it for young women who didn’t experience it the first time.”

Don’t be put off if you were digging the original trend in your heyday, though - you can still work a little Seventies chic into your wardrobe without looking like you’re off to a fancy dress night...

DISCO GLAM

Crank up the Donna Summer songs and find your inner disco diva, this take on the trend is all about Seventies glamour.

Photo of large straw floppy hat, �18; pom-pom bikini top, �10; wide leg jeans, �35; ethnic ornate collar, �15 and multi row bead necklace, �18, Dorothy Perkins (0845 121 4515/www.dorothyperkins.com). Picture: PA Photo/Dorothy Perkins.

Photo of large straw floppy hat, �18; pom-pom bikini top, �10; wide leg jeans, �35; ethnic ornate collar, �15 and multi row bead necklace, �18, Dorothy Perkins (0845 121 4515/www.dorothyperkins.com). Picture: PA Photo/Dorothy Perkins.

‘More is more’ was Marc Jacobs’s mantra as he transformed his catwalk into a disco dance floor with hot, bright colours and vivid lurex prints, wild, crimped hair, oversized accessories and lashings of glitter.

Think Studio 54 and jazz up your evening look for high summer with jewel colours, slinky jumpsuits and glamorous, Halston-inspired maxi dresses, topped off with lashings of gold.

ESSENTIAL ITEMS: One shoulder jumpsuit, lurex jersey, shiny gold accessories.

SLICK SAFARI

Photo of NW3 butterfly jumpsuit, �159 and NW3 Wyldes slingback wooden sandals, �110, Hobbs (0845 313 3130/www.hobbs.co.uk). Picture: PA Photo/Hobbs.

Photo of NW3 butterfly jumpsuit, �159 and NW3 Wyldes slingback wooden sandals, �110, Hobbs (0845 313 3130/www.hobbs.co.uk). Picture: PA Photo/Hobbs.

The Seventies wasn’t all garish colours and floaty fabrics. The urban safari trend is chic and grown-up. For a twist on your office look, opt for camel tailoring with utility detailing, such as a belted waistline and endless pockets.

Or take inspiration from fashion house Etro, who mixed geometric detailing with colour blocking in a neutral palette of tobacco, chestnut brown, mustard yellow and burnt ochre.

Keep your silhouette long and lean with leg-lengthening cork or wooden wedges that look equally as fabulous with flared trousers or safari-style, rolled up trouser legs.

ESSENTIAL ITEMS: Safari trouser suit, mustard shirt, towering wedges.

HIPPY CHIC

Embrace your bohemian side with flowin,g folksy dresses and paisley prints... But toughen them up with a touch of Seventies punk rock.

It gives the classic hippy look a modern, grunge edge.The Topshop Unique catwalk models strode out in floaty kaftans teamed with skinny trousers and floaty maxi dresses featuring sexy splits.

Alternatively, go prairie punk by adding a dark suede fringed waistcoat to your outfit. And whatever your take on boho, give a big nod to the trend with this summer’s must-have accessory, a wide brimmed floppy hat.

ESSENTIAL ITEMS: Print maxi dress, fringed waistcoat, floppy hat.

LOVE STORY

Take inspiration from movie icon Ali MacGraw with understated Love Story style. It’s a simple, understated look; think high-waisted flares teamed with a simple white blouse, or once you’re feeling brave enough for bare legs, try an A-line button-down denim skirt.

Long, fluid lines with pleat midi skirts will also tap into the minimalist mood. But maintain your Seventies vibe with mega-chunky platforms or cork-soled heels.

ESSENTIAL ITEMS: A-line denim skirt, white blouse, platform heels.