Some trends may seem ephemeral but many will often re-emerge, years later, as if copied from the past or as a modern interpretation. Historically, innovative fads have been recycled and ever more speedily as our 21st century fashion system continues to exponentially increase its pace.
From the revival of Greco-Roman draping with the Empire dresses of the early 19th century, to the Teddy boy styles of 1950s British subculture, to the second revival of flare leg jeans today. Flare jeans, a fad of the mid-1960-70s derived from 19th century naval uniforms, resurfaced in the mid-1990s-early 2000s, and are now once again at the forefront of fashion. One can never predict how today’s apparel will inspire future designs. Safeguarding our modern-turned-outdated-turned-modern clothing items is one way to literally recycle trends, and preserve our treasured flare leg jeans for another day. It’s important to arrange for proper care/storage of said garments and accessories that may see another fashion hay-day. This is key when passing them down to future generations. Check out our recent post to see some of our recommendations for proper preservation: http://garderobeonline.com/vintage-clothing-care-tips/
Some of our favorite trends featured in the S/S 2016 presentation by Fashion Group International:
- Material: Lace. This material, with artisanal origins in 16th century, has reappeared in fashionable dress time and time again. Examples of bobbin lace tea gowns from the early 20th century at the Augusta Auction served as a reminder of this.
- Silhouette: Oversize. Voluminous details may remind the fashion history savvy of the bustles and leg o’mutton sleeves of the late 19th century, or the more recent oversize suits and jackets of the 1980s.
- Theme: Androgyny. Cross-dressing was featured prominently in collections like Hood by Air and made a strong impression in its unabashed runway presence. Enthusiasts of this mode will recall Marlene Dietrich, who made a name for herself in 1930 when she wore a male top hat, tail coat, and trousers in Morocco, her shocking Hollywood debut film.
- Prints & Patterns: Pop Art. We will be seeing a resurgence of graphic prints, brand logos, and bold portraiture designs. Pop art developed in the late 1950’s and was embraced in the 1960’s, celebrating such artists as Roy Lichstein, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol. Fashion continues to mimic art.
- The Look: Le Smoking. Similar to the Androgyny theme above, Le Smoking seems to be an important trend that will resurface for Spring 2016. Think tuxedo-inspired looks, focus on black & white with sharp lines, classic appeal and feminine details. The first haute couture women’s tuxedo suit—a black velvet pantsuit with a matching vest and a white shirt with ruffled cuffs—was designed by Yves Saint Laurent in 1966 instantly caught fire in the world of fashion. This style has repeatedly come back in fashion.