It may be obvious from my lack of entries that I have been less than inspired recently and my fashion radar is way off. So, I turned to one of my fave flicks I knew was sure to get me back on form and buzzing about British fashion! The film I am referring to is Quadrophenia, portraying the clash of two rival youth cults - the mods and the rockers - and set against the backdrop of riots in 60s Brighton and a soundrack courtesy of The Who. The film shows how, at that moment in time, teenagers felt the need to belong and identify with their peers. One way of doing so was through fashion.
Mod fashion started in the 60s, young men and women started to look to French and Italian cool, combined with American Ivy League styling, creating a new and unique fashion for British youth. These 'Modernists' listened to Modern Jazz and rejected any other prevailing trends.
The third element of mod fashion is taken from the R&B days, when mods would try to dress like those sharp Americans in their two-piece suits singing soul numbers. They, of course, didn't look the same on the Londoners. Popular for the Brits were slim-fitting black or grey suits with a lighter coloured shirt underneath and a tight, half-Windsored dark tie.
It was the Mod culture that helped launched the career and extend the legacy of popular British labels such as Ben Sherman and Fred Perry.
The more recent "Indie scene" can be perceived as an adaption of the Mod culture, drawing certain aspects and turning them into fads which people from across all cultures have been indulging in. An example of this can be seen from edgy catwalk model Agynes Deyn and musician Pete Doherty. The sentiment and belief may not be the same but it is safe to say that the kids of the 60s and 70s have had a great influence on our generation. I often wonder how the current generation will inspire others with a borrowed style and a poor adaption of other innovative trendsetters.
One thing that is clear from watching Quadrophenia is that these people did not just wear these clothes and adapt their style because they seen it in the latest magazine or on their favourite celeb, it was their generations way of life, a social status and identity. A fair reflection of a retro Britain but why now, is fashion merely a disposable image?
"its's a dream mixed with nostalgia"
Tales From The Riverbank