Top ’70s style and fashion icons that inspire our designs at Terry de Havilland
We started in the ’70s and continue to take inspiration for each collection from the top ’70s style and fashion icons in the industry. Creating mood boards, concepts and delving back into ’70s archives are a must when creating the next season range so our team have put together our favourite style icons who inspire us still to this day. No matter the year these names will always be icons and still, today are known for their style and fashion sense, whether they were models, actresses or designers themselves.
Stevie Nicks was known for her 70’s fashion uniform: fringed shawls, flares, denim and suede boots. A classic 70’s style steering away flamboyant silhouettes, psychedelic prints Stevie Nicks went for more of a boho vibe “I’m an extremely modest woman, I guess you can probably see it through my clothes all down through the year with my long chiffon skirts and my big wispy sleeves. I always looked at it like, people wondering what was under all that was much sexier than having all that out there” – Stevie Nicks 2008.
Queen of glitz and glamour, Liza Minnelli was a style icon in her own right stepping away from the shadow of her own iconic mum, Judy Garland. Her own fame rose in 1972 when she starred in cabaret as Sally Bowles. Her theatrical looks became her signature styles from sweet and natural catwalk styling to dramatic 70’s vibes.
At 16 Jerry Hall was spotted in the Studio 54 scene where she instantly became a 70’s style icon and fashion model, charging $1000 a day! Jerry Hall never forgot her Texan routes, however, “My greatest inspiration was my mother, she made a lot of her own clothes and created special outfits for me take to Paris” – Jerry Hall in a 2008 interview.
Jane Fonda is as much of an icon today as she was in the 1970s recently featuring in current Netflix series ‘Grace and Frankie’ and gracing the cover of Vogue in 2019. Jane Fonda rose to fame in the ’70s however instantly becoming a Hollywood star after starring in Barbarella as well as being known for her activism. In the 70’s you would usually find her in high necklines, and pussy-bow blouses.
Grease was released in 1978 and Olivia Newton-John soared into fame, known by everyone worldwide as Sandy. Outside of filming in her 50’s prom skirts, she was known outside of work as being a fashion and style icon in on-trend maxi dresses and floral prints.
Actress Joanna Lumley was loved and watched by everyone starring in a series of television programs along with Jennifer Saunders in Absolutely Fabulous. A series which is also loved by fashion enthusiasts. Joanna Lumley was known outside of her acting career as a style icon representing typical 70s English styles ranging from bright colours and prints, flowing dress to more tailored looks.
Known for being in Blondies Heart of Glass in 1979, Debbie Harry became an instant style icon to all teenage girls who loved the lead singers style. Harry was popular for her iconic 70’s disco style, red lips, quirky maxi dresses, leopard print and mussed hair, young girls loved her groovy styles and her looks were copied worldwide.
Daughter of music icon Mick Jagger, Bianca is known for her iconic style throughout the 70’s creating a name for herself. As well as being an activist she rewrote the fashion rule book when she wore a white suit by Saville Row tailor Tommy Nutter to marry her Rolling Stone in St Tropez in 1971. Bianca Jagger was also at forefront of the latest styles, she lived at Studio 54, friends with Yves Saint Laurent, Halston and becoming a muse and fashion risk-taker.
DIANE VON FURSTENBERG
Known for her first fashion creation which started her own label in 1973 – the wrap dress, a staple which graces most girls wardrobes still to this day. Diane Von Furstenberg has continued to become an iconic name in fashion, often working alongside Anna Wintour at American Vogue. Her daughter is now following in her footsteps using the Furstenberg name to create her own fashion range, a name which is famous not only in the fashion world but to the Royal family. Diana married her first husband Prince Egon of Furstenberg in 1969, however, was determined to be known for her own career, and not for marrying into the Royal family. She certainly achieved this and is known as a 70’s style and fashion icon ever since