Picture Stonehenge, that ring of gigantic stones in the middle of rural England. Now picture Stonehenge as a free concert venue, which makes somewhat sense, given its resemblance to an amphitheater (it also kind of doesn’t make sense at all, considering the stones date to the prehistoric era), but in any case, Stonehenge was the site of dozens of free concerts in the late ’70s, with bands like Cosmic Dave, Psycho Hamster and Flux of Pink Indians (Nope, not making these names up).
Kids from all over England flocked to attend the Stonehenge Free Festival, which culminated on the summer solstice in June, and boasted along with the free music plenty of free love, courtesy of drugs and hippies. Not surprisingly, the event was shut down by police in 1985 (in the Battle of the Beanfield, which again, I’m not making up), only to be revived by designer Lucio Castro, who cited the festival as an inspiration for his fall ’16 collection.
The connection’s not difficult to see. Combined with an acid trip of stripes, plaids and geometric patterns, a mute color palette of browns and golden yellows screamed ’70s with every look. Puffy jackets complemented turtlenecks and thick-rimmed glasses for a touch of vintage geek chic, while clinking oversized Lucite keychains brought the nostalgic look to 2016—basically, exactly what we’d wear to get high and listen to music at some trippy ancient ruins.