Hippie chic will never die. It was strange when Debra Tate — sister of Sharon Tate, the actress and wife of director Roman Polanski who was savagely murdered by the Manson Family in 1969 — started telling press that she liked to take out her dead sister’s frocks and smell them. Stranger still when she rolled out a line of 1960s-style dresses inspired by her dead sister. Now it seems the hippie era has locked in on our collective fashion conscience, with Gucci leading the way with “cruise wear” — a line that resembles billowy frocks favored by any number of hippie chicks wandering the parking lot at a Grateful Dead show.
“I had in mind for this collection a very precise image of Talitha Getty in the 1970s on her terrace of her villa in Marrakesh,” says Gucci designer Frida Giannini, referring to the iconic photo [above] of John Paul Getty’s Boho actress wife. “So I had very long kaftans, very printed and colorful embroidery … all this mixed together represents this idea of colorful, of play and hippy chic.” Lucky you!