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Through The Decades – 1960s Vintage Clothing

The 1960’s was a decade that broke barriers in terms of fashion, especially for women.

When purchasing vintage clothes, you are automatically buying into a piece of fashion history, but when buying vintage clothes from the swinging sixties, you really are buying a piece of history that moulded the fashion industry from then in.

The sixties is a decade of fashion that had so many trends that began in the era, that when buying vintage there is so much choice it’s hard to pick.

In the beginning of the decade Jackie Kennedy was still wearing the famous skirt and trouser suits and pillbox hats, a trend that withstood nearly 7 years of season changes, so style was somewhat conservative. However all that changed when Mary Quant, a Welsh designer and British fashion icon developed the mini skirt and encouraged women to hike up their hemlines. The majority of miniskirts or mini dresses had geometric patterns, some often with bell sleeves and/or polo necks.

The ‘space’ look was also an integral part of fashion culture and believe it or not, people donned goggles paired with go go boots and clothes made from PVC or sequins. All these looks were paired with big hair, false eyelashes and pale lipstick.

As the era moved on so did the culture and the fashion, with the hippy trend becoming huge psychedelic patterns were everywhere. Bandanas were paired with bell bottom jeans and paisley prints and the emphasis on having hair as high as the sky wasn’t as important as in previous years.

However, probably one of the most significant trends to ever emerge into fashion, mainly for men, was the mod style. The importance of this new way of dressing is integral to fashion today and is probably one of the main reason why 1960’s vintage fashion is so sought after in today’s day and age, given the fact that men like Paul Weller still make it ‘cool’ to embody the style.

The mod style personified British fashion of the era and very much moulded a new lifestyle as well as dress code. Consisting of tight trousers, anoraks, shirts and ties, the key to pulling it off was combining a smart, gentlemanly look with a small amount of grunge to give an edge. The look was ultimately unisex and the women wore similar clothes and had short cropped hair.

This style has become something of a timeless classic, which in turn creates a need for vintage originals. The whole scene reeks of the cool element that vintage brings and having a fundamental part of the first release of these fashions seems to be part of the process if you want to be a fully fledged mod.

Vintage fashion from the sixties is not for the faint hearted, and wearers have to be brave enough to make a statement with their clothes. When choosing a trend to bring back to life from the sixties it is important to pick the right one, the styles are so iconic that it can sometimes look like fancy dress, the key thing with 1960s vintage clothes is to blend it so it looks kitsch, not clich.

Gucci Clothing

A most prominent brand Gucci, formally known as The House of Gucci, is an Italian fashion brand, manufacturing fashionable clothes and leather products label. It has gained a prestigious place in the fashion world. Gucci brand is easily recognized as it is the most famous brand in the present scenario. Gucci meaning The House of Gucci belongs to PPR, Pinault-Printemps-Redoute which is a French multinational company.

The House of Gucci was founded by Guccio Gucci, born in 1881, which initially started of with a saddler shop in the year 1906, in Florence. He gave his best of skill in craftsmanship of the leather goods. In 1920 he started producing and manufacturing lavish luggage goods. The first boutique was started in Rome in the year 1938, famously known as Via Condotti. Initially, Gucci concentrated on designing and manufacturing the companys most recognized products in the international market. Gucci introduced the most popular handbags with Bamboo handle, back in 1947, which are still well-known in todays market. In 1950, Gucci spread into manufacture of suede shoes with metal pieces and the trademark red stripped webbing was initiated, originally on the saddle girth.

During the early 1950s he designed and created classic styles for men and women. The designer clothing products for men and women basically comprised of luxury luggage, stylish ties, designer shoes and famous handbags with the bamboo handle. After his death in 1953, the business touched new heights and gained a great recognition in the international fashion market. His family was the main cause of enormous success for Gucci as it opened a lot many stores in world famous places like Paris, London, Tokyo, Beverly Hills and Palm Beach. The entire Gucci Empire has become quite well-known in the year 1950. The brand further gained its publicity and made Gucci comparable to “chic”, with the help of the Hollywood stars like Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn and Peter Sellers. The shoulder bags became popular and quite well-known by the name “Jackie O” as Jackie Kennedy posed himself during a photo shoot with the Gucci shoulder bag. The company already had a GC logo by this time.

In the year 1990, Gucci Clothing included a variety of products like perfumes, leather fashions, cosmetics, shoes, suitcases, watches, sports articles, silk scarves, jewelry, ties, eyeglasses etcThus Gucci became more identified brand in the fashion world with several other famous brands.

In the year 2006, Gucci generated a global income of more than US$7 billion according to the sources of Business Week magazine. Amongst the Top 100 world famous brands it ranked 46th in the annual chart. Gucci is recognized as the second largest and the best selling fashion industry after LVMH. Gucci has more than 425 stores internationally. Gucci franchisees and the fashionable stores offer the wide range of products of this world famous brand. The house of Gucci is recognized by several financial institutions and organizations due to their remarkable performance in business which in turn contributes to a huge turnover. Last but not the least, from years, Gucci has managed to provide quality products which are stylish, luxurious and exceptional.

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