The Swinging Sixties are a touchstone for designers—remember Marc Jacobs’ black-and-white mod S/S 13 collection? And Marni’s ‘60s-influenced F/W 13 show? This time around, there’s a noticeable breath of fresh air on the runways when it comes to the mod trend. From an oversized, geometric solo earring shown at Saint Laurent to Miu Miu’s nuts-and-bolts Mary Jane heels and Tom Ford’s clever cheetah-print and fishnet tights combination, we’re swooning over all the fresh ways to dress mod this season. As such, we assembled a guide to help you understand and achieve this look.
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Mod Style Icons: Mary Quant
Alongside The Beatles, fashion designer Mary Quant is cited as the driving force behind the birth of the mod (or Chelsea) movement in London, and most importantly, creating the miniskirt.
We all know the face: the painted eyelashes, doe eyes, and blonde bob. Perhaps one of the most recognisable models of all time, and the epitome of that era’s London look, Twiggy never fails to top our list of inspiring fashion icons.
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Nicknamed “The Shrimp,” the English beauty was often photographed by her photographer beau David Bailey (also a noteworthy name of the time), and quickly became a poster child of the Youthquake scene.
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With an otherworldly face and an insanely cool blunt haircut, Tree was discovered at Truman Capote’s 1966 Black and White Ball dressed in a barely-there dress by Vivienne Westwood. She was called “America’s answer to Twiggy,” and her educated approach to fashion and modelling makes her one of our favourite characters from the mod era.
Celebrated in the 2006 film,Factory Girl, which starred Sienna Miller, Sedgwick had a style that differed slightly from her English counterparts’ as she was a regular at Andy Warhol’s Factory in New York. Recognised for her silvery-blonde pixie cut, thick eyeliner, and chandelier earrings, Sedgwick personified the free-spirited, youthful mood of the era.
Contemporary Mod Style Icons: Alexa Chung
We’ve had a longtime crush on this stylish Brit, and for good reason. Her knack for effortlessly layering some of the best mod staples like shift dresses and miniskirts leave us continuously inspired. Bonus? She can rock a cat-eye like no one’s business.
Rookie’s editor-in-chief never ceases to impress us with her intelligent and intellectual interpretation of fashion. Though it’s clear she draws influences from multiple decades by the way she mixes and matches her look, we love how her outfits always hinge on mod.
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With serious rock ‘n’ roll genes (her dad is John Taylor of Duran Duran) and an equally cool upbringing split between Los Angeles and New York, this 22-year-old English-born model and DJ flawlessly amplifies the mod look’s sex appeal via thigh-high socks, miniskirts, and the occasional checker print.
If you don’t know Thomas, take note! We adore how the drummer experiments with contrasting Peter Pan collars, Mary Jane flats, and minidresses.
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You’ve no doubt heard of Waterhouse. With her signature pouty lip, enviable blonde bangs, and contagious, youthful personality, she embodies the Twiggy model mould in every way. For a complete breakdown of her style, click here.
We admittedly can’t stop drooling over the Petite Malle bag shown on Louis Vuitton’s fall runway, but beyond that, we were left totally inspired by Creative Director Nicholas Ghesquière’s ‘60s-influenced collection, which included quilted minis, red-lens sunglasses, and rounded eyelet collars.
Though the collection overall felt more ‘40s than ‘60s, Carven showed a cropped cheetah-print coat featuring an Italian shoulder, oversized belt, and short hemline. We can totally picture Edie Sedgwick wearing it over a black leotard.
Designer Hedi Slimane turned the mod trend on its head by interjecting unexpected elements into his fall collection, like metallic shift dresses, gold-sequin sleeves, and stud-embellished go-go boots. If you’re looking for an original way to do the ‘60s, start with this.