by Mark Leevan
July 17, 2009
The hippies will be returning to Woodstock, Hair returns to Broadway,
the Grateful Dead are still packing concert venues and Phish is
getting together again.
Hippies are back. Hippie fashion is back too.
The hippie look was always about thrift, vintage, retro fashions and
the main stream is bringing back to ready-to-wear racks.
Peasant tops, vests, tie-dye, floral prints, halter tops, denim
cutoffs, peace signs, braids, beads and boots are big.
"People are reworking materialism," says Erin Rembert, 23, who works
in a Chicago vintage shop.
The prevailing vibe this time around: Tune in, try on - but turn away
from a head-to-toe hippie homage.
Macy's windows have been radiating the Summer of Love theme.
Hippie fashions are not just for women's clothing, but for home and beauty too.
Home guru Jonathan Adler created a Hashish candle. Tie-dye fabrics
flutter through Crate & Barrel's CB2 stores. Hickey Freeman's
customised men's polo shirts include a peace-sign logo option.
Julia Chaplin, who wrote the new hippie-influenced book Gypset Style says
"It's not the same as it was in the '60s and '70s. We're in a moment
in the culture with the economy and environment that we kind of need
to work together. I think our establishment right now with (President
Barack) Obama is so exciting and cool. Who would want to opt out of that?"