“I Love The Night Life,” the 1978 mega-hit by singer/songwriter Alicia Bridges and the memorable song in the dance scene of the 1979 movie Love At First Bite testify to the idea that “what once was old will be new again.” The dark glamour of the night life of the 1970s has been reinvented and reappears this fall with metallic pieces, statement glitter makeup and deep colored lips. The resurgence of the spring 70s trend and a revisit to Goth and Victoriana for fall gives us a fearless take on dressing up for a new decade, no George Hamilton Dracula required. If you love the night life and like to boogie, this is your time, honey.
On a recent trip to my one of favorite shopping spots, Intermix Bellevue, not only did I find the perfect on-point lace Victoriana high neck blouse by Alexis, I found style inspiration as well. Gorgeous Intermix girl Denise was rocking fall’s deep colored lips by Kat Von D in Damned – Black Cherry, which I thought would be the perfect contrast to the beautiful white lace blouse. Personally, I would style the blouse with a black bra underneath for a little racy nighttime glamour, but if you can be a bit shyer than I am, a pretty camisole would be great underneath as well. J Brand does leather pants with a groovy update: flare legs. The Gianvito Rossi Caged Lace-up Sandals in marsala (the Pantone color of 2015) will show off your fabulous pants while you are shaking your groove thing on the dance floor, and the Roger Vivier Pilgrim Small Crystal Degrade Clutch provides the perfect amount of sparkle.
While the jumpsuit may seem to fit the 1970s disco scene cliché, this piece has been making the rounds over the past year from high-end designer labels to fast fashion stores. Over the summer, the shorts version of the jumper was a hot look for both day and evening, and is prominent again this fall as a glam alternative to a dress for a night out. Temperley London’s wide leg bronze lamé version with its deep v-front and back is a stunner. Add a bit of 2015 trend to your 70s jumpsuit with a pair of alice + olivia Giulia fringe suede sandals and your own disco balls with these Maria Calderara Drop Cluster Black Earrings, currently on sale at Baby & Company. A leopard clutch/wallet by Givenchy can stand up to the killer jumpsuit, adding a bit of texture. I know that wearing fur is controversial, but I did love the rock and roll style and 1960s beauty of this vintage Bolero Mink Shrug. Can’t you picture Bianca Jagger dashing into Studio 54 in this?
The bell sleeve is most definitely a look of the 1970s, and it made an appearance again in the late 90s. This Elizabeth and James Mabel Bell Sleeve Dress is a silhouette than works day and night. Just add statement makeup like a glamorous cat-eye to get you in the party mood. Take a high level approach to dressing with the boot of the season—the fitted over-the-knee boot, like this subtle yet sexy Isabel Marant Brenna suede pair. All eyes will be on you—literally—when you wear the eye motif of Lulu Frost’s Lumen statement necklace. There is no need to add too much more in the jewelry department, except perhaps a fabulous ring. The Kenneth Jay Lane Double Sphere Ring gives a little nod to the disco ball scene. If you are the kind that likes to wear sunglasses at night, try a pair of Warby Parker shades, seen recently on uber cool Vanguard Seattle arts contributor Claire Reiner. Last but not least, the Anya Hindmarch Crisp Packet Clutch. I know that obsessed is a frequently overused word in fashion, but that may perfectly describe my feelings for this bag. When I had the pleasure of meeting Tank Magazine Chief Director and Fashion Director Caroline Issa at the Nordstrom Designer Preview Show in July, she happened to be carrying it and…well, the obsession continues. It’s the perfect party bag.
One of the great things about the approach of autumn is the idea of dressing up again. Summer’s more lighthearted attire gives way to sparkle, glamour and wearing some of the season’s latest takes on fresh, stylish party attire. Whether you love candlelight or disco lights, try something new when you get dressed and enjoy the nightlife in your own way.