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Celebrating the Solar Eclipse With Celestial Furs

Across the US we’re celebrating the total solar eclipse today with millions of people migrating to the path of totality to see it in full.  I’ve just returned from a rooftop party where, with special film cards we watched the moon slide across the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere – the corona.  What an awesome display!  Now, with ABC News on in the background as I write, I am watching as the eclipse moves across the path of totality with hundreds of thousands of people at each location cheering the moment at which the moon completely covers the sun.

Official path of the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017

Official path of the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017

total solar eclipse

Total Solar Eclipse

1979 Chic: A Look Back at Our Last Solar Eclipse

The last time we witnessed this phenomenon in the US was February 26, 1979.  You can bet that it was cold across the northern US…perfect for steeping out in the latest fur fashions of the season.  Key looks were bold and ultra-glamorous, reflective of the glittering disco society that was dominating the cultural scene. These were coats that made an entrance!  Big and plush, these furs were the ultimate in luxe fashion.

Bianca Jagger, 1979 last solar eclipse style

Bianca Jagger, 1979

Neiman Marcus ad in 1979 last solar eclipse

Neiman Marcus ad in 1979

 

Fashion editorial from French Elle magazine in 1979 solar eclipse fashion

Fashion editorial from French Elle magazine in 1979

Iconic fashion model Gia Carangi from 1979 solar eclipse fashion

Iconic fashion model Gia Carangi from 1979

The Love of Fur Campaign from 1979 solar eclipse fashion

The Love of Fur Campaign from 1979

Christian Diro runway 1979 last solar eclipse inspired

Christian Dior runway 1979

1979 Christian Dior ad last solar eclipse

1979 Christian Dior ad

1979 | Carlo Tivioli fur coats Golden sandals by Aldo Sacchetti Source: Carlo Tivioli last solar eclipse era

1979 | Carlo Tivioli fur coats Golden sandals by Aldo Sacchetti Source: Carlo Tivioli

Streetstyle from 1979 last solar eclipse

Streetstyle from 1979 full raccoon coat

 Studio 54 disco style from a 1979 edition of The Australian Women's Weekly. last solar eclipse era

Studio 54 disco style from a 1979 edition of The Australian Women’s Weekly.

Angela Lansbury - Blackglama Mink "What Becomes A Legend Most?" Ad Campaign solar eclipse

Angela Lansbury – Blackglama Mink “What Becomes A Legend Most?” Ad Campaign 1979

Lillian Gish - Blackglama Mink "What Becomes A Legend Most?" Ad Campaign 1979 solar eclipse

Lillian Gish – Blackglama Mink “What Becomes A Legend Most?” Ad Campaign 1979

Renata Scotto - Blackglama Mink "What Becomes A Legend Most?" Ad Campaign 1979  solar eclipse

Renata Scotto – Blackglama Mink “What Becomes A Legend Most?” Ad Campaign 1979

 

As testament to the powerful appeal of this era in fashion design the late 70’s/early80’s have been a major influence on designer collections for the past two seasons.  Georgine has captured it perfectly with her brightly colored fox chubbies.  Michael Kors updates the look with a fox cape-coat hybrid.  For Dennis Basso uber-luxury has always been his trademark making his references to the era a natural.

Dennis Basso 1979 inspires solar eclipse

Dennis Basso Fall 2017

Dennis Basso 1979 inspires solar eclipse

Dennis Basso Fall 2017

Michael Kors 1979 inspires solar eclipse

Michael Kors Fall 2017

Georgine 1979 inspires solar eclipse

Georgine RTW Fall 2017

Georgine 1979 inspires solar eclipse

Georgine RTW Fall 2017

Full confession, I am always up for a party.  So I am definitely in full celebration mode today, especially if it gives me an excuse to have a glass of wine or two in the early afternoon!  And why not?  After all, if you want to see the next total solar eclipse in the US you’ll have to wait until April 8, 2024. But it is also an opportunity to celebrate celestial fur fashions and the return of the glitter and glam of the late 1970’s and 1980’s to the current fashion vocabulary.

Cheers!

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