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14/07/2016

A trend to dye for: This season eye catching swirls of colour see Hippie culture get a high-fashion makeover

An era defined by free love, music parents hated and an “if it feels good, do it” attitude, sixties Hippie counter culture is back. Sartorially, this was a movement bound by self-expression so what was the number one garb for elite nonconformists? Tie-dye, of course. With its roots in ancient forms of “resist-dyeing”, the free-spirited tinting technique reached peak popularity in the 70s followed by a short stint in the 90s thanks to a surge in youthful rebellion and do-it-yourself style. But, just how has the capacity to tie, twist and dye become a trend frontrunner in 2016?

This season, tie-dye print gets a high-fashion makeover with a grown-up take on pastel-hued swirls and bursts of colour. One of the most elegant offerings came from Altuzarra who worked with tonal-greens, rich oranges and yellows inspired by the designer’s Spanish heritage. Tie-dyed in saturated colour, the silhouettes retained maturity with crepe skirts cut high to the waist, midi-length dresses and their signature thigh-baring split.

This more considered approach wasn’t for everyone though with some designers sticking to tie-dye’s imperturbable roots, albeit with a high-fashion twist. For Valentino, jacquard coats, cargo jackets and flares were swathed in khaki and burnt range tie-dye with a collection stirred by the wild plains of Africa. For Max Azria though, 70s skate and surf culture took the reins with board shorts, tie-dye knits and multi-coloured bucket hats oozing West Coast style.

Tie-Dye is a great alternative to habitual summer prints such as florals but to avoid looking like you’ve just stepped out of a time warp, there are a few points to consider. Wear it sparingly, one item at a time as like many other patterned trends, it’s important not to go overboard. Source one key piece, such as a top or skirt, and make sure the rest of your outfit is neutral – you want to avoid clichéd surfer vibes and little goes a long way with this one. Don’t be afraid of colour either and be sure to embrace tie-dye’s psychedelic heredities; for something a little chicer opt for pieces that contain shades within the same colour family. This season, it really is a case of do or dye.Read more at:plus size formal dresses | formal dresses canberra

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