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Pacino is that gritty New Yorker of the 1970s—the sideburns, the blow-dried hair, the leather blazers. Whether Pacino was playing a corruption-fighting cop or a junkie or a Mob boss, you knew he’d grown up with these characters in the South Bronx. In 1979 the interviewer Lawrence Grobel found Pacino living in the same shabby three-room apartment he’d occupied for years, surrounded by dog-eared copies of Shakespeare. “It’s my turf,“ he told Grobel. “I really love New York..."
If ever a song – and singer – could symbolise the style of the era, it was Nancy Sinatra’s hit single These Boots Were Made For Walking. With her tousled blonde hair, shortest of mini dresses and ability to pull off a pair of knee-high boots with aplomb, both the song and Nancy’s look were emblems for the decade.
All the actors who’ve inhabited the role of James Bond have enjoyed the trappings of style—killing bad guys in Savile Row bespoke—but only one of them can truly be said to have style. (And no, we’re not talking about George Lazenby.) Sean Connery is still the yardstick by which all other Bonds are measured—the arched eyebrow, the dry wolfish smile.
Patchett is mostly notable for her nearly 20-year long career beginning in the late 1940s until the early 1960s. The subject of one of the most famous Vogue covers of all time, she was mostly known for being a "remote" model, instead of the warm and friendly models of the era. A favorite of Irving Penn and Erwin Blumenfield, Patchett was one of the earliest supermodels.
Another chic French dresser, Catherine Deneuve shot to fame in the 1960s, marrying fashion photographer David Bailey and becoming the muse to Yves Saint Laurent. It was her role in Belle de Jour, in which she played a prostitute by day and a frustrated housewife by night, that turned her into a bonafide icon – if only for the incredible clothes.
After campaigning with Jack and Bobby Kennedy in 1960, in a move to emulate the president, Lyndon Johnson ordered six custom suits from Savile Row tailors Carr, Son & Woor. Typically, LBJ missed the point. Yes, the Kennedys wore expensive tailor-made suits (always dark, always two-button). And sure, they had a fondness for Brooks Brothers oord shirts and striped ties, and even their casualwear was conservative (preppy staples like crewneck sweaters and cotton khakis).
Donyale Luna was the world's first African American cover girl. She was known for her exquisite 5-foot-11 frame, razor-edged bone structure, and almond-shaped eyes. In addition to modeling, she starred in many of Andy Warhol's underground films, as well as Federico Fellini's Fellini Satyricon (1970). She died tragically due to an accidental overdose at the age of 34.
You might say that BB set the French fashion style rules. The world-famous French bombshell’s style was unabashedly sexy and would define 1960s fashion forever. She made messy, piled-high up-dos the hair of choice, and every girl wanted a piece of her signature confidence. Who knew that perfectly un-perfect, slightly parted fringe would still be so sought-after more than 50 years later?
When Belmondo brought this intense physicality and easy, unforced beauty to the screen, the effect was startling. With his breakout role as the Bogart-and-jazz-loving outlaw Michel in Godard’s Breathless, Belmondo fundamentally altered film audiences’ expectations of how a male lead should look and act. He was slangy, irreverent, and utterly modern—the perfect embodiment of the iconoclastic French New Wave spirit. And he looked pretty good in a suit, too.
As one of the world's first supermodels, Jean Shrimpton spearheaded the new wave of cover girls spawned from the Swinging London movement. She was discovered by photographer David Bailey (whom she'd go on to have a higly-publicized 4-year relationship with) in 1960 and went on to cover countless fashion magazines and popularize the mini-skirt.
Yoko Ono has never done colour. From her private wedding to one of the most defining moments of the 60s, the John Lennon and Yoko Ono bed-in, the petite artist championed a head-to-toe white aesthetic. Wide-brimmed hats and knee-high boots were her signature accessories during this defining decade.
For decades, trumpet player Miles Davis was the living definition of cool. “Miles was regal,“ says legendary saxophonist Sonny Rollins. “The music, the clothes, the hair, the physique. He was the complete package.“ Davis’s music and sartorial choices were outward expressions of the inner man. He believed that the notes you don’t play are as important as the ones you do. It was an ethos that carried over to the clothes he wore.
With her blunt bangs, kohl-rimmed eyes and a love of outlandish prints and the widest of flared trousers, Cher was a certified sixties icon. The then other half of Sonny and Cher led the way with the bold and the daring, and launched the hippie look with cool, Californian style. Kim Kardashian is one of her most famous fans.
Fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy first made his name turning out brisk, modern collections. But he did it, as he once said, with the soul of a classicist. At six feet six, impeccably mannered and militantly self-disciplined, Givenchy christened the notion of the fashion uniform: He would wear his signature white linen work smock over his dark suits with an ever present gold pinkie ring. According to his muse Bettina Graziani, he was “very chic but didn’t like to show off.“
Patti Boyd’s enchanting modish style, flippy hair, and endless legs ensured she was the inspiration behind some of the greatest hits of the 60s. The former wife of both Eric Clapton and George Harrison was the quintessential sixties beauty and a favourite of Mary Quant – she was quite the unsung style hero of the decade.
“I don’t think he’s remotely interested in fashion. He’s a complete instigator of fashion,“ says Penny Rose, the costume designer who collaborated with the Johnny Depp to create Pirates of the Caribbean’s randy Jack Sparrow. “His look is always eye-stopping, clever, and completely individual.“ Or, like the last two drags on one of his hand-rolled cigarettes, raw and unapologetically gratifying.
Trends come and go but we will never tire of Jane Birkin’s style. The free-spirited Blow Up actress’ penchant for care-free classics and her laissez-faire spirit earned her instant world recognition in the sixties, while her gap-teeth and quirky French-meets-British dress sense charmed Serge Gainsbourg.
During the 1950s and ’60s, the early years of a career that spanned more than half a century, Paul Newman did his best on-screen work in a tight undershirt and slacks. This ensemble, which was often accessorized by a cigarette and a glass of bourbon (preferably J.T.S. Brown, neat), was tailor-made for the collection of misfits, hustlers, and broken-down drunks that Newman immortalized.
Hitchcock heroine Tippi Hedren made one of the most famous roles in film history look effortlessly stylish and poised, thanks to her neat blonde ‘do and ladylike skirt suits. Legendary costumier Edith Head was the woman behind her now-famous looks in The Birds, ensuring she was timelessly elegant and understatedly glamorous (even when running screaming from a flock of birds).