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ICONS OF TRAVEL THROUGH THE DECADES

20.03.15

Today marks take-off for Reiss at Heathrow Terminal 5 and to celebrate the launch we pay homage to style icons of travel through the decades. We visited the beautifully executed Fashion Rules exhibition at Kensington Palace for an informed insight to each era’s distinctive aesthetic. From a 1950s Bridget Bardot to present-day Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, these are women who keep style at the forefront of their travel outfit priorities. Looking to inspire your next airside ensemble? This line-up will have you covered.

1950s BRIGITTE BARDOT

There’s a certain timelessness to 1950s trends that renders them forever relevant. Brigitte Bardot was amongst an impressionable range of women who epitomised the style of the era. Voluminous hair, a feminine hourglass figure and delicate heels defined the look and made for a pulled-together aesthetic. For a modern interpretation, team a fine knit with high-waisted culottes as you head to the airport.

1960s JEAN SHRIMPTON

Considered to be one of the world’s first ever ‘supermodels’ and a definitive icon of 1960s fashion, Jean Shrimpton holds her covetable status even now. From shift dresses to knee-high boots, beehives to lashings of eye-liner, this is an era that continually inspires designers. The above travel looks link back to the pieces in a modern day essentials wardrobe and can be easily translated to now. Team your pool slides with turn-up denim if you’re heading to tropical climes.

1970s JANE BIRKIN

Tying seamlessly with SS15’s nod to retro glamour, the aesthetic of the 1970s was a blend of free-spirited and statement-making style. Representing the era in this fashionable line-up is Jane Birkin – a woman so impeccably dressed that she inspired the name of the ever-present Hermès handbag. Visit our Seventies Revival fashion feature for a modern take on 1970s style.

   

1980s PRINCESS DIANA

Our 1980s muse is inspired by the Fashion Rules exhibition’s focus on the royal family. Forever in the spotlight, Princess Diana’s outfit choices altered the fashion conception of British royalty. In an era when oversized shoulders and costume jewellery took centre stage, her wardrobe was on-point and ladylike in equal part. Nod to her travel attire with a double-breasted blazer and a printed scarf – layering is key when travelling between climates.

1990s KATE MOSS

The 90s marks the launch of Kate Moss’ modelling career, and the beginning of the nation’s fascination with her outfit choices. Fresh-faced and youthful, these images capture her effortless aesthetic perfectly and marry comfort (a long-haul must) with a look that’s directly in keeping with the decade’s recognisable aesthetic.

2000s ROSIE HUNTINGTON-WHITELEY

Perhaps the easiest of our line-up to relate to in terms of travel attire, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley masters chic, present-day airport dressing. Often pictured before take-off in glamorous destinations across the globe, her easy-to-wear aesthetic is sleek, relatable and – more often than not – practical. Stuck for what to wear next time you head to the ticket gate? We’ve compiled an outfit builder that’s set to be your go-to. Just add oversized sunglasses and a slick of lip-gloss to expertly disguise any sleep deprivation.

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