The 1960s was a time of evolution and an era of change, particularly when it came to culture and fashion. With hemlines getting shorter and musical icons such as The Beatles at their peak, it was an exciting time. So it makes sense that a great deal of modern trends have evolved from the ’60s, and that many of the world’s most iconic designers take inspiration from the decade.
One designer who helped to define the 1960s was Richard Allan. After collaborating and producing scarves for brands such as Schiaparelli and Yves Saint Laurent, Allan launched his own namesake brand in 1962, and quickly became renowned for his bold approach to colours and prints.
And much to the delight of many fashion fans, high street retailer H&M has just dropped a collection in collaboration with Allan’s brand, which was revived by his daughter Cate in 2014.
The range, which is distinctly 60s and noticeably Allan, features abstract prints and vintage silhouettes, and is perfectly designed to incorporate into an autumnal transitional wardrobe. With lightweight blouses and dresses to eye-catching polo necks, H&M’s collaboration brings back the iconic era in the most stylish way.
Speaking about the collection, which was designed by H&M’s in-house team, Cate Allan told The Independent:
‘I think my father would have hugely enjoyed working with H&M on this collaboration. I have really appreciated not only the enthusiasm and respect for my father’s work, but H&M’s keen vision towards building the collaboration.’
She continued: ‘Not only does it allow for the creative re-imagining of Richard Allan print designs and colours to be taken off a square and adapted to clothing forms, allowing the designs to be used in new and fresh ways, but it takes Richard Allan to a totally new audience.’