Darren Kennedy: How to work 70s patchwork
Over the past few seasons designers have been reviving the trend that used to be the hippie symbol of freedom.
Quilted patchwork was present all over the runways and seen at many of the heavy hitters including Louis Vuitton, Etro, Coach, Roland Mouret, Isabel Marant and Oscar de la Renta.
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It's a '70s trend that could have gone very wrong in its revival but the results are thoroughly modern.
Literal patchwork techniques applied in several collections, while patchwork-style prints were also common and this perhaps presents the easiest opportunity to bring the trend into your wardrobe.
At Michael Kors, the patchwork effect was applied to leather outerwear to great effect. In particular, a leather trench coat in brown, red, and blue tones, played up the '70s theme of the collection.
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Patchwork might seem intimidating but it doesn't have to be and you can easily weave patchwork into your work wardrobe. Start with one show-stopping piece, like a pencil skirt, and sharpen the look with a black blazer or biker jacket and a pair of pumps.
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