He claims some of the ex-Skins/Suedes/Smooths were joined by some original Mods in choosing this style, or was it the other way around he asks? Obviously it wasn't only them wearing this style because it "˜just exploded in the Seventies' (quote J Simons, owner of the Squire Shop).
Alex feels that another way of looking at it would lead to the conclusion it was a more mature way of trying to stand out, through sartorial subtleties rather than via a uniform.
So what was this look? It's a known fact that the early Stylists or Individualists fused Ivy League with continental styles, Italian and French styles to be precise.
I had tried to capture the shift from "˜Skinhead to Smooth' in my own piece for Ask Andy a couple of years before.
I am also proud to have supported Alex in his work.
What I am interested in is how and why this massive shift came about. And was it a smooth transition? No pun intended! I struggled with it as the look of 1968 / 69 was one that I loved.
Can we use this thread to explore the shift in clothes, music and lifestyle that happened between mid-1970 and late 1971 (I know that timescale will vary across the country). In particular, was there a way in which the former Skinhead kept his or her identity in tact or did they go wholesale like Robert Elms into any new fad that came along?
Well, that's it.