Mod 60s Revisited

Modacarta introduces a Vintage Thursday feature. It’s a look back at great fashion design, style icons, designers and photographers. This week it’s all about the mod 60s. This is relevant for fall as the mod look was presented by many designers like Calvin Klein, Louis Vuitton and Dior.

vogue1In the mid 1960s Mary Quant, Yves Saint Laurent and Paco Rabanne all played a part in creating the mod look. Mary Quant took the skirt to new heights with the mini and Saint Laurent created his Mondrian inspired dress. Godard and Fellini created a new kind of cinema. Protests, sit-ins and the peace sign were de riguer.

Here are 2 Paris Vogue covers from the mid 60s. One shows the famous YSL dress and the other shows just how short the mini skirt was.


Paper Art

I chose this red paper because it reminded me of tweed. So many designers did tweed dresses or skirts for Fall like Prada and Miu Miu. I added a low sash in a complimentary pattern to add visual interest to the dress. The black and pink floral dress in the lead image I created for the Runway Report a couple of posts back.


Photo Credits

Modacarta Dolls – Lori Tonizzo

Vogue Covers images from The Art of Vogue Photographic Covers by Valerie Lloyd


FW 2015/16 is a season of delights. I feel overloaded with trends so I’ve focused on the 3 you need to up your style game.


Tailored suits were featured on almost all fall runways. A suit is always a great investment because of it’s versatility it is the work horse of any wardrobe. Broken apart the jacket and trousers can be paired separately to create other looks. Dress the suit down with a t-shirt and sneakers or dress it up with a shimmery top and stilettos. Wear the jacket as an overcoat with a cashmere pullover underneath. These are just a few possibilities. The standout was PRADA. Severe tailoring on the narrow cropped trousers and fitted blazers is softened by the colour palette. Paired with the”inside” bag and you’re ready for serious work or serious fun.

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  • A LA MOD

The mod mini dresses at CALVIN KLEIN by Francisco Costa have it all. Style, glitz, attitude and comfort. Think women’s clothes in the movie Man from U.N.C.L.E. This trend is for everyone. If you think it’s too short – layer it over skinny jeans or narrow pants. Add boots and off you go. Sidebar – dresses over pants is another look for fall.

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This trend encompasses Boho and English Eccentricity. It can be long and flowy or have several layers of mixed patterns. It is an anything goes trend. Take this cue from BURBERRY. Floral trench over graphic dark trousers. At Miu Miu they mixed plaid with leopard and stripes. Some women find it challenging mixing patterns. TIP: consider tweed a neutral and pair it with stripes or florals in similar tones.


Brooches are the jewellery piece to have. It adds interest to a suit and works well in multiples with a new romantic look.

Burgandy and forest green are 2 of the biggest colours for fall. In New York the stores were full of apparel in these colours.

Ankle boots with stacked heels. That’s all you need to know and all you need for footwear this fall. NEXT WEEK: Footwear focus


I chose to illustrate a mod dress with mix patterns playing on 2 of Fall’s big trends. As always my paper is from The Paper Place in Toronto. mod_mini

Photo Credits

Prada – both images from website

Calvin Klein – from website

Burberry – from  website

Miu Miu – from website