Blast From The Past by Adele Witt and Taylor Hemby

Fashion goes in cycles- whats old today is new and in tomorrow. Every season we see the runways fluctuate with element that are both new and some that are familiar. The past few years we have seen boho explode, everything from ditsy floras and blousy tops. There is no denying the 70s are back. We had the pleasure of going to Texas Fashion Collection and got to see the looks that are hot now in there original form from the 70s. Annette Becker showed us some truly amazing pieces.

Ms. Becker pulled out 1970’s garments that showcased classic trends from the 1970’s.  She showed us everything from hand stitched patchwork, ethnic-inspired prints, full sleeves, and Little House on the Prairie inspired gingham prints. There were also a few pieces, such as the classic Chanel suit that were made new with design elements such as brighter colors and braided trim. One hostess ensemble by Hanae Mori (below) uses Japanese Motifs and vivid colors of green, pink and yellow. All of these pieces contain typical 70’s elements that are now coming back into current fashion trends.

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Maxi dresses, popularized by the hippie movement are now a favorite of today’s bohemian girls and are especially popular in the summer and spring. For example, Andrew Zimmerman, an Australian designer, updated maxi dresses of the decade with fresh white, full peasant sleeves, organic lines and mini pearls. Another version, was a turquoise blue halter with feminine ruffles and dark blue paisley designs on the bodice and hem. Gunne Sax, a huge brand from the 1970s is widely credited with being the original hippie maxi dress (below).

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Ethnic motifs, prints and silhouettes, popularized by internationally known designers such as Yves Saint Laurent in the 1970’s are also trending for the upcoming warmer season. Saint Laurent also popularized loose flowing blouses in the 70s (see below) and those to are coming back. On the spring 2019 Runway, Chloe used traditional Persian motifs in handkerchief skirts blouses and jumpsuits, giving culturally distinctive prints modern-day high fashion appeal.

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Patchwork was original a way of covering up holes and tears in clothes, it was very popular in the 20th centuy before mass production when clothes were more expensive.  It was also a form a og hand needlework mainly practiced by women. Today patchwork is fashion forward and is used in jeans, dresses, skirts and other types of apparel for both men and women. For spring 2019 designers such as Sacai, Coach and Isabel Marant used patchwork in new ways. Marant substituted the spring colors of pink, white and baby blue, while Coach paired denim patches with a brown cowboy-esque fabric on the shoulders. On the street, many young women have taken the style further. Instead of using mainly denim for their patchwork fashion, they are wearing items made from animal print, solid colors, or wool fabric patches.

 

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The 1970’s was an era of freedom and expression, especially in fashion. Previous trends that were seen before as belonging to folk dress, the hippie movement and lower classes became popular among high fashion circles. Today, these trends have resurfaced and become popular along millennial trendsetters from all races, genders, and classes. As a result many popular fashion brands and retailers have embraced this market niche. Classic fashion eras of the past are making a comeback, and who knows which era will inspire the next season?

 

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Creative Spotlight: Hunter Harwick

“My brains is a Jumble of Many Ideas.”

On a cloudy spring day, we met Hunter Harwick in his his two bedroom apartment. He was wearing a black t-shirt and white pants. His apartment was very reflective of himself. Harwick is a 20 year-old up and coming photographer in the DFW and Austin areas. He’s a sophomore in the Studio Art program with a concentration in Photography here at the University of North Texas. Kenzie and I were able to sit down with Hunter and ask him a few questions about his work. He sat on the edge of his bed as his dog Ringo and his cat Casper were laying by him on his bed.

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Bennett: Where do you get your inspiration?

Hunter: “I get a lot of it from environments I’m in. Like my room, I spend a lot of time there. I want to make sure that all of my environments are inspirational and creatively stimulating. I look at Pinterest a lot and scrolls for hours, tries new things with my photography.”

His room was a fresh, simplistic place with mid-century modern furniture, plants and pets.

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Hunter in his room with his dog Ringo and cat Casper

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Hunter’s room

Kenzie: Describe your art style.

H: “I would say like my photography fits into one style because I’m interested in so many things. I have concept-heavy work for class, it’s a different look from his fashion portraits from Instagram. I work from different angles and focuses for Instagram and play with color.I’ve tried to stick to a style, especially for my insta, but I found that it limited me. It’s easy to get caught up in the insta aesthetics but I found that when it comes to my photography that like doesn’t work for me, because I’m interested in many things.”

“I love like “weird” photography…”

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B: What are you interested in?

H: “I’m not interested in the normal. I love like “weird” photography like doing something that isn’t like typical or considered the norm for fashion photography. When it comes to conceptually driven work, I’m currently working on a project about our connection to the environment and how we’ve become disconnected from the earth and we should become reconnected. So I’m out shooting myself, self portraits, as I’m interacting with the earth to make a statement and get stripped down to the most vulnerable state. I can show you these if you want.”

Harwick pulled out this phone and shows me images from the upcoming project. The photos were of himself in nude self portraits interacting with the earth. Each photo was captivating in its own way, and shows personal and intimate moments by himself.

“Omg, I think it’s a big thing that most of my conceptually driven work has been self portraits. No one can better portray what’s in my brain than me. For me, it’s more efficient because I don’t have to direct anyone or like I don’t really have to convey my image to a model because it can be difficult to explain.”

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“I thought they were so good at the time but looking back they are so cringy.”

 

K: How long have you been into photography and how did you get into it?

H: “I got this super super cheat point and shoot camera for Christmas in sixth grade and it was literally like $30 at Kohl’s, it was the shittiest thing ever, but at the time I thought it was so cool. And so I slowly upgraded camera wise until 8th grade when I got my first DSLR and I would say that is when I started taking photography seriously. I would shoot with friends for fun. I thought they were so good at the time but looking back they are so cringy.”

He pulled out his phone and showed me his old Instagram account showing his old photographs.

“They’re literally so bad, I don’t know what I was thinking with these angels.”

 

B: What has been your favorite project?

H: “The one I’m working on right now is called “Reconnect” tentatively lol. It’s self portraits of me reconnecting with the earth. I feel like it’s the most meaningful project because its current. I feel like a lot of people can relate and it makes them ask themselves what can they do to reduce their footprint.”

K: One last question, what does the future hold for you?

H: “Ideally I’d like to move to New York or LA after I graduate and get an internship to be able to stay there, you know what I mean? I want to stay there and find a place and get a job doing anything creative. I don’t want to limit myself but my dream would be to freelance and do my own thing.”

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Hunter and his dog Ringo in his apartment.

You can follow Hunter on Instagram @hunterharwickphoto or visit his website www.hunterharwick.com/

Written by Bennett Brown and Kenzie Hirsch

Hunter photographed by Bennett Brown

Images supplied by Hunter Harwick at @hunterharwickphoto on Instagram