By 1969 technology had advanced to the point where events and movements in one corner of the world were instantaneously accessible on campuses and in communities everywhere. As a result, education and social awareness in general society had reached new levels. It was a tumultuous and defining time.
That year, Apollo 11 carried three U.S. astronauts to the moon. The confrontation between gay rights activists and police outside the Stonewall Inn — a gay bar in Greenwich Village, New York City — escalated into a riot and gay rights became national news. Boxing champion Muhammad Ali refused to be inducted into the U.S. Army for social reasons as a black man. He was stripped of his fighting license and title. Nearly 400,000 people attended the Woodstock music festival at a farm in Bethel, New York, that featured legendary acts Jimi Hendrix, the Who, the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and Sly and the Family Stone. The event would help define an era. And the trial began for the “Chicago 8” who were indicted on charges connected with protests at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
It all sounds vaguely 2017 doesn’t it?
Bode Fall/ Winter 2018-19 taps into the fashion of that time reviving slim-cut trousers, bell-bottomed jeans and hand-embellished dress shirts and jackets in a variegated color palette.
The looks are a lot less self-conscious than traditional menswear and a lot more authentic as a personal style.