Drop in to the scene for just a moment and it’s not terribly difficult to sense the tide of psychedelia is once again on the rise.
Pink Floyd release a new album, The Endless River, after 20 years. Entire music festivals in the genre are springing up, such as the Austin Psych Fest. And bands like Tame Impala, Elephant Stone, The Black Angels, and The GOASTT (all on the bill at the Austin Psych Fest, by the way) are absolutely lapping it up.
And the more in-tune of the major fashion houses are not skipping a beat.
One of the latest collections from the iconic Yves Saint Laurent is proof of that. Rather overtly titled PSYCH ROCK COLLECTION, it cooly combines an eclectic 60’s and 70’s rock and roll vibe mixed with world fashions and accessories, dripped onto the waifish, long-haired, androgynous models set in a bucolic landscape.
Psych fashion may have a reputation for being out-of-this-world, where the loudness of the prints and combinations, as well as the sheer eclecticism of the garb, win out every time.
But to me, psych isn’t all about look. It’s about reference. It’s about a—perhaps slightly cerebral—nod to the turn-of-the-century dandy, the grittiness of a sweaty 50’s beatnik, combined with the mysticism of an acid-dropping hippy.
Like wearing your intellect, philosophy, and musical tastes—literally—on your sleeve, psych is a great outlet for distilling a series of very different influences down to tell your own individual story. And Yves Saint Laurent is smartly and elegantly capitalizing on it.