Past Perfect: 1971
Sometimes the only way to go forward is to go backward (uh, style-wise, at least—otherwise, bring on those progressive values!). Welcome to Past Perfect, where we take an aesthetic trip through memory lane to shout out the looks, books, and other enduring pop culture creations from a particularly notable 12 months. We think it’ll be way more fun than a high school history lesson—but only time will tell.
When Chez Panisse first opened its doors in Berkeley, California, in 1971, words like seasonal, organic, and locally sourced weren’t even on the radar—let alone in a Portlandia sketch. Alice Waters’s ingredient-focused mission was a game-changer and made food activism a real movement. Waters remains one of the culinary world’s biggest influencers (with more than a few stellar cookbooks to show for it), and her non-chef-whites-style paved the way for other tastemakers (get it?) to express themselves a bit more, sartorially speaking—see: Christina Tosi.
Mick and Bianca Jagger’s Wedding
Her marriage to Mick Jagger may not have lasted long, but Bianca’s white Ossie Clark wedding suit will live on forever—and set the stage for decades of non-traditional brides to come.
Can you imagine The Devil Wears Prada without the Starbucks runs? Long before Seattle was credited (or blamed??) for introducing flannel shirts and grunge bands to the pop-culture landscape, there was Starbucks: In 1971, three college friends opened their first specialty coffee shop. Now: 23,700 stores. The latest play to stay in the spotlight is a 13,000-square-foot Starbucks Reserve Roastery set to open in 2018 with half-pound bags of coffee going for $50—a lot of beans.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Yeah, there was that one Tim Burton made, but for most of us, the only cinematic Willy Wonka that counts is the late, great Gene Wilder—pure imagination, tell you what. Also, the costumes this crew is sporting would look totally at home in any up-and-coming 2016 ‘hood.
Stan Smith Winning the US Open
You know this name, even if you’ve never so much as unzipped a racquet case. Stan Smith is an American tennis OG who won the first of his two Grand Slam singles titles at the 1971 US Open and inked his first shoe deal with Adidas that year, too. Fifty million pairs of his namesake sneakers have sold since—eight million of those during 2015, which, talk about a comeback.