Tommy Roberts a.k.a. Mr. Freedom

“Tommy Roberts is a towering figure of British fashion and design – a truly original retailer and entrepreneur. In the 60s, he pioneered the vintage clothing trade, selling antique threads to the likes of Jimi Hendrix and the Who at his Carnaby Street shop Kleptomania. But it was with London fashion label Mr Freedom’s fun, rainbow-hued, pop art-inspired clothes – all cartoon and fruit-machine motifs, all satin and flash – that he made the biggest splash. Also referencing Art Deco and 50s kitsch, Mr Freedom ushered in a new playful eclecticism in fashion which infected design, too, throughout the 70s – especially as, in the wake of the 60s pop movement, creatives of all colours rebelled against modernism throughout the decade.”

Flashin’ on the 70s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have any interest in learning more, get this AMAZING book by the AMAZING Paul Gorman.  So worth it.

 

Rudi Gernreich

This seemed like a fitting extension of yesterday’s celebration of Op Art king Victor Vasarely.  While he was the ruler of the canvas, Rudi Gernreich was the total look, super mod fashion god!  Just amazing.  Why don’t things look this good today?!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kansai Yamamoto

Today I head to Tokyo, so I figure a little Kansai Yamamoto is fitting …

 

Yamamoto was HUGE in the 70s and 80s.  While his creations were worn by everyone who was anyone amongst avant-garde fashion followers, his poster child was David Bowie during his Ziggy Stardust years.  Unbelievably amazing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tavi Gevinson, the style rookie

I am really into kids who go for it.  Children who are passionate, and determined, and take a DIY approach in order to take care of business.  For those of you who don’t know her, Tavi Gevinson is one of those kids.  She has a definite opinion about fashion, and she is really good at expressing it.

She is a blogger, and so much more.  She began her blog “Style Rookie” in 2008 at age 11.  The story goes that her parents did not really know much about what their daughter was doing until Tavi had to ask their permission to appear in a New York Times magazine story.  Since then she has appeared on the cover of Pop Magazine, has been featured on the pages of both Teen, French, and ItalianVogue, she is invited to fashion shows around the world, and serves as muse to designers. She is 14 years old, and everyone in the fashion industry knows who she is, all because she started a blog.  Pretty impressive.