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Suzy Menkes

Vogue International Editor Suzy Menkes is the best-known fashion journalist in the world. After 25 years commenting on fashion for the International Herald Tribune (rebranded recently as The International New York Times), Suzy Menkes now writes exclusively for Vogue online, covering fashion worldwide.

Bella Freud: reinterpreting the Seventies

15 Апреля 2015

Bella Freud Picture credit: Mary McCartney
Bella Freud Picture credit: Mary McCartney

“1970″ is worked on to the chest of a sweater; “Je t’aime Jane” reads another; or “Ginsberg is God” — references to Jane Birkin in the music of Serge Gainsbourg, and to the Beat poet Allen Ginsberg. Bella Freud’s Bohemian childhood seemed to lead her to counter-culture characters. 

Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg in the Seventies Picture credit: Getty
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg in the Seventies Picture credit: Getty

Of all the references to the Seventies flooding across fashion, Bella Freud is a rare designer who seems to get to the essence of that decade — literally, when it comes to her fragrances. They have the same evocative names as the clothing, presented in the most simple way. 

Bella Freud Perfumes
Bella Freud Perfumes

On Net-a-Porter she has a scented candle with her name and logo — as drawn by her late father Lucian Freud, better known for his portraits with psychological depth. 

Bella Freud Perfumed candle with the cult dog motif   Photo by www.net-a-porter.com
Bella Freud Perfumed candle with the cult dog motif Photo by www.net-a-porter.com

I remember how Bella’s earliest collections, back in the Nineties, always looked prim, pink and pretty, as though she were trying to erase a hippy, trippy childhood so vividly expressed in /Hideous Kinky/, the book about their unconventional young life in Morocco, written by her sister Esther. 

“1970” intarsia fine knit from Bella Freud’s sweater range Picture credit: Bella Freud
“1970” intarsia fine knit from Bella Freud’s sweater range Picture credit: Bella Freud

But now Bella’s offerings are simple, cool and worn by friends such as It girl Alexa Chung. Wearing a plain sweater with the words “The last poets”, she manages to capture the free-wheeling artistic spirit of the Seventies without a fringe, a flared trouser or a platform-sole sandal in sight.


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“Je t’aime Jane” sweater, by Bella Freud   Photo by www.net-a-porter.com

“Je t’aime Jane” sweater, by Bella Freud Photo by www.net-a-porter.com

“1970” intarsia fine knit from Bella Freud’s sweater range   Photo by www.net-a-porter.com

“1970” intarsia fine knit from Bella Freud’s sweater range Photo by www.net-a-porter.com


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