Thursday, July 14, 2011

Out with the Boho, in with the Mod.

I don't know about you but I'm really in need of a change. It seems that for most of the 'aughts the overwhelming trend on the runways and alleyways -from cites to small towns- has been a 70's inspired Boho look. Ok sure, I was down with it at first, and on some days when I've had ah a bit too many sweets or too many consecutive take out meals, slipping on a loose tunic and leg lengthening clogs seems about the most sane thing to do - yet, the whole thing is also a bit lazy... yeah I know the lovers of all things bohemian are going to come down on me for this, but lately I'm finding the whole thing uninspired, maybe it's just because I'm fickle, or maybe it's because I keep seeing it Everywhere.

This is why it's so exciting to see more streamlined, modern, bold-colored, geometric inspired looks for Fall 2011. Bring on the Mod!

(I wish I could pull off the Twiggy haircut)

While DKNY, Burberry and Bottega Ventea (among others) had Mod influenced designs in their Fall shows, my favorites are all from Céline...

How are you guys feeling about this move away from hippie late 60's/70's boho style?


  1. I've always liked boho, but not on me. It's too costumey, and loose and flowy is in no way flattering on a plus sized gal like me. I've always liked the mod looks, so I'm excited to see that this fall.

  2. I've never really liked the boho look, but after seeing it so much, some elements have begun to grow on me. Heck, I'm wearing maxies and have a tie dye clutch.
    But I'm all for mod as well - it's good to keep things fresh!
    (and by fresh, i mean keep recycling the same 10 trends over and over again every year)

    Chic on the Cheap

  3. @ Lyddie - I know I meant to cite an article that talked about that but I didn't bookmark it - but yes it seems that it's just season after season of recycled trends....

  4. i think it's nice, but i don't know if i would choose it..

  5. I just stumbled onto your blog today and I LOVE mod clothing. Twiggy and Edie Sedgwick were are my fashion heroes! Shifts, chevron, and military inspired parkas all the way!

  6. I'm with you--- boho don't-o work for me! I feel like the lone voice in a see of boho love, but I have good reason for disliking it, I think...

    I find that it works great for women in a certain size rang; low to medium curviness is fine, but anything more starts to look sloppy and frumpy because of the lack of structure. This is also just my opinion but because the palette for Boho tends to muddy, it's not a very universally flattering style and because the hemlines are generally high on boho, to offset the flowiness, you also have to be comfortable showing your legs (in leggings or bare).

    That puts a lot of women even out of the equation to wearing boho. (Which is another reason why I don't like it).

    I need structure! I say bring on the pleating, the darts, the strong lines. So I'm glad mod is here, although the hemlines are similarly short to offset the strong, militaristic lines and feminize it a bit. Still, I think you can successfully bypass the short hemlines if you play up the mod look through make up and hair, which I lurve.

    BTW- much agreed with you about the recycling each season. Boho is just the late 70's recycled with a modern vibe.

    And mod was a reinterpretation of the 1920's flapper girl in the 60's, which we're now going to reinterpret again. Guh.

    Fashion needs some new materials to reference :-)

    Alright, I'll stop clogging up your comments section, just glad to see another gal who's not a boho-lover!!!

    ~ B.

  7. I'll definitely be ready for it come Fall, but for this sweltering heat Boho is about the most perfect thing I can imagine!! I think you would love this tutorial I reblogged on tumblr from Born in Flames... this is just a picture because I am bad at the internet and can't figure out how to get to the original. http://www.tumblr.com/tumblelog/zombielace

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  9. i mean editorial, not tutorial.... and here is a link to the archive so you can see the other pics from that editorial she posted. http://borninflames.tumblr.com/archive

  10. @Zombie lace oo!Thank you for sharing!! I love it!

    @Fashionistas - I agree that not every trend is for everybody and you need to find what best suits you : )

    I'm not totally hating on boho style it's just that I'm ready for some changes : ) I mean if you scroll through the blog you'll see me rocking wideleg jeans and tunics. I'tll just be nice to see some more editorials with mod - or other influenced looks.

  11. I like the boho look but time and time again Ive tried it and I just look like a frump. Yet given a more stylish piece I find its easier to pull a better look off! thanks for the link to your blog, I think after seeing the picture of twiggy here I might get my hair cropped even further!