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In the cyclical world of fashion, we know that there are always trends which come and go. It’s the nature of the fashion merry-go-round to see new ideas surface, and old ideas made new again.

So far in 2019, we have seen everything from the resurgence of tie dye to the revival of punk rock and even a healthy dose of leopard print. However it was the resurgence of the 1970s silhouette that really captured the imagination.

Why the 1970s? The era was a strong point of reference for many designers for SS20 – notably Hedi Slimane for Celine – harking back to a time of free-spirited rebellion, a time when men began to express themselves through their stylistic choices. The decade was an era of unbridled hedonism, of rock-and-roll and of a new way of seeing the world through fashion.

Style muses of the era included Mick Jagger and The Rolling Stones – more than well-known for a bootcut jean and for taking risks (remember Jagger’s iconic wedding suit with sneakers look in 1971?) not to mention the incomparable David Bowie, who embodied the Ziggy Stardust persona throughout the 70s. Other honorable mentions go to Elton John, Yves Saint Laurent and of course John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever.

This season, the flared silhouette has found favour with designers from Balenciaga and Marni to Loewe and Versace. Hedi Slimane’s SS20 collection for Celine was essentially an ode to the 1970s, with flared trousers in every fabric and hue you can imagine, pared back with oversized blazers and varsity-style bomber jackets – infused with Slimane’s trademark Parisian rock-and-roll aesthetic. Givenchy proposes a similar silhouette for this season, with fitted jackets worn with sweeping flared trousers in hues from classic black through to striking teal.

As the fashion world inevitably moves on from the streetwear trend which has dominated in recent years, could we see a return to something more classic, more elegant? The new tailored silhouettes would seem to suggest this – albeit with something of the slouchy, relaxed fits from the most recent foray in to streetwear and a relaxation in dress codes, resulting in a dynamic mix of new silhouettes, alternative proportions and contemporary styling.

Our advice: dare to flare – take a risk this season and try something new.

Shop ICON’s round-up of flared trouser styles to wear now:

Marni Patterned Flared Trouser via Matches Fashion / $1,016 AUD SHOP NOW

Sies Marjan Ragen Flared Cargo Trousers / $1,886 AUD SHOP NOW

EYTYS Oregon Flared Technical-Twill Jeans / $340 AUD SHOP NOW

Martine Rose Navy Double Flare Trousers / $995 AUD SHOP NOW

Words: Jake Halpin