Designers find inspiration in all sorts of places, and while we can’t 100% confirm that this is DEFINITELY what they were thinking when they began sketching their summer 2015 collections, we really hope it was (though we’re fairly confident that we’ve got it right with Jeremy Scott at Moschino). So from Mary Poppins to your itchy old Brownies uniform, here are our favourite unlikely style icons foe the new season.
1. Barbie at Moschino
Considering the soundtrack to the show was Barbie Girl by Aqua, we’re pretty sure Jeremy Scott really did have a Mattel doll or two in his studio while he was thinking this one out. The moment this slightly out of control rollerskating model screeched to a halt at the end of the catwalk was a little nerve wracking though, we’re not going to lie.
2. Jimi Hendrix at Gucci
These 18th Century Hussar’s jackets cropped up at a few other shows including Tommy Hilfiger, but it was Gucci’s that reminded us the most of the guitar maestro’s favourite stage coat. Perfect for festival season, particularly if you’re heading to the Isle of Wight festival, where Jimi played shortly before his death in 1970.
3. The Brownies at Jil Sander
This fashion editor only went to Brownies once; she tried the hat on and decided it was WAY too itchy to wear every week until she was a grown up so she never went again. She’s totally in love with Jil Sander’s summer collection though. Because she’s fickle.
4. The Karate Kid at Marni
Random fact: did you know that baby-faced Ralph Macchio was actually a whopping 23 years old when he played the teenage martial arts enthusiast in The Karate Kid? Anyway, that’s not the point – the point is that you don’t need to be a black belt in karate to wear Marni’s GORGEOUS collection, but it helps.
5. Mary Poppins at Christian Dior
Secretly, we’d all love to be Mary Poppins, so we swooned at the Edwardian high frilly collars at Christian Dior that looked like they might belong to a slightly cooler version of everyone’s favourite nanny.
6. Ziggy Stardust at Tom Ford
Glam rock was out in force on the catwalk, but luckily it was definitely more David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust catsuits that Slade’s platforms and top hats. Phew. Extra points if you team your sparkles with rock n roll hair.
7. An Officer and A Gentleman at Sacai
It wasn’t just at the Sacai show that our thoughts turned to Richard Gere – Celine, Loewe and J.W. Anderson all felt distinctly nautical, too. NB: this look is NOT simply about throwing on a Breton stripe – commit to head-to-toe white, people!
8. Little House On The Prairie at Eudon Choi
Laura Ingalls from Little House On The Praire was totally our style icon when we were 7, and she was back on the catwalk in the form of dreamy pinafore dresses at Valentino and Eudon Choi. Someone find us a meadow to run through…