Monday, March 31, 2008

Hip, Hip, Hippie!!!

I have been accused of being a bit of a Hippie; whatever that means. I am easily distracted, love changing cities, am a tad obsessed with the concepts of freedom and love. I do voice loud protests against any indication of authority, and have pretty sharp political views. Does that qualify? Even if it does, I am a couple of decades late, ain’t I?

So maybe I am a Hippie in spirit and philosophy; that much is possible. I love fashion, and like stylish people and proclaim to all who hear (and read) that dressing well is NOT inversely proportional to your IQ. I would not trust a man or a woman with anything, if I can’t trust them with taking good care of themselves. So hate me.

The movement is all gone and done with, but not the essence of it. It crops up, in art, in fashion. And now, more than ever before, the way this generation of people dressed up, is vindicated. From the fun and feisty Etro to the white and breezy Topshop Unique, the Hippie is back. Modernized and accepted by the fashion conscious, tie-dyed dresses, colorful sandals, peasant blouses and full-length skirts are a rage for this summer.

Etro's Colorful Prints

Topshop Unique Does A White Number

Roberto Cavalli Revisits The Hippie Culture

Veronique Branquinho's Tie-Dyed Stunner

Derek Lam Make It Floral And Feminine

I have made a conscious choice to prove the accusations right. I start my new job tomorrow, and my work wardrobe is full on hippie fashion statement – each piece is eccentric and unique, and is an extension of my own personality. There is no specific style, just unique clothes with a lot of color. So I guess, there is no denying now… maybe in a past life, I was indeed a Hip Hippie!

(All Images courtesy


ChiliLady said...

thank you for sharing these! i feel like a hippie as well, but I don't dress much like the guys in HAIR, but I really like the feeling (not drugs, lol)
what's your new job? i'm curious.

Pratishtha Durga said...

Hey Chil! My first day at work. I am working as a promo writer with a new channel. More details later. I am in my full-on hippie attire right now.

ChiliLady said...

sounds pretty good! and pretty serious for a hippie.
can't wait for more details.
tell me when you're not stoned anymore! :-)
a hug!

stilettostetico said...

"Hippie Fashion" is virulently Refreshing, like the Timeless Quintessence of "Seventies' Spirit" . . .
Stylish Casualness, Pastoral "Néo-Romanticism" !!!

Cordially, Antoine

ambika said...

I think, like any era, there are ways to overdo this and ways to do this well--and still have it be a reflection of who you are rather than costume. Love the runway shots--they capture it perfectly.

Sunset Goddess said...

You'll be a hit....and from a "real hippie" who came of age in the 60s...ALL THE BEST!!!!!
Keep us posted on the job...

Meghal said...

those Etro prints are beautiful and totally inspired. just perfect for a summer weekend

Pratishtha Durga said...

I could not agree more Ambika. I believe that "following" a Hippie Trend is a paradox. It was always about individuality. I love this trend because this is how I have always dressed. I have always had stuff like this in my closet, except that it wasn't always in vogue. But I find it a little difficult to switch my style from season to season. So i stick to some key pieces that reflect who I am.

Pratishtha Durga said...

Thanks Meghal and Sunset Goddess. I think I am going to do a separate post on my job. It's interesting, really. It's only been a couple of days and things already show signs of heating up.

Chili... I am going to your blog right now. Read my answer there, if you haven't done so already :P

The Clothes Horse said...

Hippies got a bad rep, but they can be great people! I just personally like more structured vintage pieces, but the flowy looks are growing on me...

Vain and Vapid said...

Good luck at your new job. I also love the easiness of some of these hippie or 60's inspired pieces and that Etro maxi dress is gorgeous!

BIG Omi said...

Its true that we arre very busy in our daily life but sincerely speaking . But sincerely speaking we have lost the thread towards our social responsibility.
But one of our fellow blogger(ess) has showed concerned towards the same and is out with the Post dedicated towards the ministerial situation of Indian Farmers.
I just want your one comment. One thought of concern. Just one.
I have taken up the responsibility of wide spreading the awareness.
Followed is the link to her post.

Best Regards.


Pratishtha Durga said...

Thanks Vain And Vapid... I am slowly finding my place and the job promises to be fun, though the commute is a bit difficult.

Clothes-Horse...I can completely imagine you in a pretty, flowery top, teamed with one of those signature skirts.

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