Eva's 60s Retro Flashbacks
In the Sixties there rose the Motown Sound originating from
the MotorCity of Detroit under Berry Gordy, Jr. A blend of R&B
and Pop, strong vocals, and the distinctive sound of the tambourine, drums, and bass guitar put
the motion in Motown for artists such as The
Supremes, The Miracles, Marvin Gaye, and The Four Tops.
“I Heard It Through the Grapevine” Motown wasn’t the only thing that had
its mojo working in the
Sixties. Across the pond where British rockers bowed to
the Queen, Carnaby
Street hosted the coveted fashion boutiques with all the latest
sensations. One retailer who stands out a cut above the rest was John Stephen, a grocer’s son. Ending up a
successful entrepreneur who owned several shops, he popularized mohair jackets and suits.
Give me a sweater with mohair-- long, shaggy, fluffy mohair
Flaxen, durable, warm, insulating, gleaming, streaming
Mohair, yarn made from the hair of an Angora goat, makes fluffy and shaggy sweaters. An eighth
grader at Lincoln Jr. High, I did my utmost to perfect Mod fashions by adding a mohair sweater to my wardrobe.
As one of mohair’s unique properties is its ability to take on dyes, just letting you know my sweater was bright
aqua. As that garment alone would not have made a sufficient fashion statement, I also wore my white go-go
boots. During that same time frame, most of us girls
wore dangling wooden earrings before the principal banned such distractions. However, I continued to wear my
clunky wooden bracelets and bold rings, in tribute to Ringo, no doubt.
A rather warm weave, mohair could actually be worn trekking the Mojave Desert where winter month temperatures dip below 20 degrees F on valley floors, and
below 0 degrees F at higher elevations. Needless to say, wearing mohair in the Sixties wasn’t about insulation
from the cold, but keeping up with Carnaby Street’s hottest Mod fashions
on Main Street, USA.
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