Trend Watch: A ’70s-Inspired Spring

The spring runways were a tribute to a decade also plagued by economic woes and oil crises, with designers embracing jumpsuits, citrus-hued caftans, and -- that's right -- flared jeans and trousers.

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The spring runways were a tribute to a decade also plagued by economic woes and oil crises, with designers embracing jumpsuits, citrus-hued caftans, and -- that's right -- flared jeans and trousers. Marc Jacobs led the charge with a head-to-toe '70s vibe for his spring collection.
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The halter maxi with obi belt was another '70s staple that popped back up for spring at Marc Jacobs.
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Jacobs' saturated looks were part "Taxi Driver" and part "Three's Company," featuring the era's signature sorbet color palette and exaggerated accessories.
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The long, lean '70s-inspired silhouette is perfectly exemplified in Chloé's champagne-hued tie-neck blouse and high-waist palazzo trousers.
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Derek Lam presented a spectacular spring collection, with all sorts of looks pulled from the decade, including a white jersey maxi gown that looks like something Cher would wear back when she was one half of Sonny & Cher.
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Channeling Ali McGraw's Love Story heroine, Derek Lam's turtleneck and-pantsuit combo was a streamlined dream.
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The Derek Lam collection covered all areas of the '70s silhouette, including an updated Marcia Brady pantsuit.
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Derek Lam's nude jump suit incorporated the '70s-era halter neckline and draped jersey texture, with a slightly safari-inspired sensibility.
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Designer Sophie Buhai explained the influence of the '70s on Vena Cava's coquettish spring looks, and beyond: "We watch a lot of '70s cinema and you can see the influence in our designs. Directors like Robert Altman, Ingmar Bergman, and Hal Ashby provide endless inspiration for collections."
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Ports 1961 took on a Desert Queen motif for spring, topping off rosy gold lamé with feathered Farrah hair.
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Even thoroughly modern contemporary designers like Prabal Gurung injected some 1970s flare into their collections, in form of technicolor orange and turquoise.
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Diane von Furstenberg is a designer who cemented her fashion legacy in the '70s, with the iconic wrap dress. For spring, she went back to her roots with more than just the dress, showing a plum-hued hooded jumpsuit oozing with retro cool.
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Milly took the '70s motif to the max, pairing such pieces like a yarn-dyed chevron patterned maxi with an easy long blazer and cool-girl turban.
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Milly kept things playful with a cropped top and high-waisted hot shorts in a tribal-inspired print.
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Isaac Mizrahi's brocade pantsuit evoked the most glamorous lady at the dinner party -- an outfit seemingly pulled from a Polaroid in the attic.
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Naeem Khan's Indian-influenced spring show exuded '70s glam from the over-the-top blow-outs to the floor-length caftans and ornate statement jewelry.
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A bombshell thread runs through Naeem Khan's collection as well, in the form of off-the-shoulder silhouettes and the luxe Indian beading that was popular during the '70s -- the period Khan was interning with '70s legend Halston, in fact.
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Versace took a tailored approach to '70s-inspired fashion, with a trench taken from the later years of Pan-Am stewardess glory.
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Versace also presented a youthful cropped top and high-waist pants set with stripes in primary colors.
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The attention-grabbing maribou confection Carmen Kass donned on Chanel's spring runway channeled the era's over-the-top evening wear, like something an ingenue would wear while perched on a VIP banquette at Studio 54.
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