It’s been at least three years since the trends of the 1970’s infiltrated our wardrobes, sometimes haunted by Queen Victoria with her lace, sometimes by Russian peasant women with their floral skirts and sometimes by hippies with their platform soles and bell bottoms. The only item we have escaped for the moment is the infamous shirt collar in the shape of a cake slice.
Admittedly, the most brilliant, and arguably the most stylish thing the 70’s did was to create joy in a world that was at least as dark and gloomy as our own. The generation before us experienced the first oil crisis and the rise of terrorism, successfully lobbied for the end of the war in Vietnam, sensed the crisis to come due to the depletion of resources and the impossibility of a planet B, and lived through it all by exploding flowers and colors wherever they could.
Let there be no mistake: everything about this ostentatious outpouring of joy was political.