Eccentric Flashbacks

Eccentric Flashbacks

Colours can have an impact-impeccable and immeasurable. A burst of tones on a piece of clothing isn’t just for a cause of outer aesthetics. It speaks more than what it can be deciphered. What happens when you see somebody pulling off a bright and bold combination? Don’t you immediately form an opinion of the person having a daring, bright and exciting personality? Our human brain is highly impacted by these colours around us. It even reacts differently to the effect of Turquoise blue and Persian blue. It's astonishing how different tones of a certain colour bring a variety of impacts on feelings and senses.

Back in the 60s and 70s, when the world was growing into a whirlwind of outward-ness and spirits of rebellion, psychedelic fashion came into being. It became a huge part in welcoming the revolutionary ideas and indicated people’s wish – free of charge. It became a movement of transference of one’s internal thoughts and vision into an external reality painted in themes of life. Such was its growth and impact that it didn’t spare the luxury fashion culture as well. Yves Saint Laurent(Couture, Fall 1970) brought some varied hues into a bridal gown, not following the soft and subtle white wedding dress.

Coming forth to the present days, the trend market is still in awe of psychedelic fashion. 

Mind-Changing Haute-Culture

All of them mimicks the free culture of the 70s and 80s. It’s no secret that both the glamorous town of fashion and the realistic world of human needs is looking for tools of escapism, anything that is a caricature of their hidden liberated spirits. Dries Van Noten (SS’15)bought an opulent vision of bohemian culture with models couching dreamily on the mossy green runway, carrying the resemblance of a free, laid-back lifestyle with an appreciation that it is okay for one to relax back, not work and pump great ideas in the lap of nature. There are also some fashion houses and designers who have always been seen heavily influenced by the major patterns and styles in this fashion. Pucci has become a trademark in psychedelic prints. So gay is the brand’s prints, in bright fuchsia, turquoise, yellow that it could immediately trick the eye and brain to a beautiful vision. The ‘John Galliano of India’, Manish Arora has held a considerable position working in this genre of fashion, celebrating captivating prints, sequined shines, wild florals with his rich palette of colours and motifs that combine traditional Indian crafts, holding a major in kaleidoscopic florals. 

Experience the Tie-Dye

A favourite of the recent trends, tie-dye seems to be back in most of our closets, thanks to the runways for reviving back the style. The popularity of these artistic, kaleidoscopic designs has spread like wildfire. On Pucci's Spring’15 catwalk, Peter Dundas showed a glammed-up take on the technique and how luxury fashion couldn’t stay unaffected by this hippie texture even after many years. The stars of rock music promoted this texture which is mainly said to have inspired by Art Nouveau, Victoriana, Dada, and Pop Art. Woodstock,1969 was a tie-dye paradise. Though what Joe Cocker and John Sebastian contributed to music can’t be expressed in words, their extraordinary performances at Woodstock inspired many to try on tie-dye texture to celebrate music, art, fashion and life. This print is on a hot rage now, especially the Spring-Summer’19 trends from edgy fashion houses like R13 to the elegant ones like Prada couldn’t get enough of it. Although these relived contemporary pieces sing songs of late summer memories, they are now all tailored crisp in striking new tones and juxtaposes their old stories for good. 

Fashion can now be seen breaking rules. It’s not stagnant to styles meant just for the aristocrats and the elites. It’s remarkable how an old-school fashion of the 60s arising from small pockets of less influential people has received such a high amount of appreciation. Their eccentric colours, prints and textures have influenced both the luxury designers and the mass-market manufacturers. 


Story by: Tejashee Kashyap - Intern at L'officiel India

Chitman Kanwar Ahuja

Chitman Kanwar Ahuja is a feature writer at L'Officiel India. She is a silver jewellery hoarder and an aesthete of all arts. You can find her unraveling new stories day in and day out.