Originally Hippie was a youth movement that started in the US in the mid 1960s with its centre in San Francisco. I knew there was a reason why I love that city. The hippies were a evolvement from the Beatniks and they also created their own communities, listening to psychodelic rock, living according the practices of free love and using drugs like LSD and cannabis.
The most famous events of this movement are the Summer of Love on the west coast of the US and the Woodstock Festival in 1969 on the east coast. The hippie movement was not only in the US but also in Australia, the UK and the rest of the western world.
Today we have, even if we don't think of it that way, things and movements in our society that derive from the hippies. These are cultural things like music festivals and health food but also sexual progression and believe it or not the cyberspace revolution.
When it comes to style and fashion the clothes they wore were floral and muliticoloured with intricate patterns. Can you become anything but happy when you look at these pictures. The hippies were closer to nature than we are today and they celebrated life and love. Not a bad legacy.
We could probably use a bit more hippie in our lives - hippie de luxe ....