We’ve all heard the expression “Fashion is cyclical,” but where’s the proof? If you’ve been keeping up with Spring 2012 collections, you know the idiom to be entirely true. Reinterpretations of retro style staples ran rampant at New York Fashion Week, which solidified my love for vintage even more. I compiled a few of my favorite vintage fashion photos to illustrate just how important yesterday’s styles are to today’s modern designs—check out the comparisons below and see for yourself.
COOL COLOR-BLOCKING—Color-blocking is a spring trend that’s here to stay, as shown by Sophie Théallet, but did you know bold color combos originated in the ’70s?
HAUTE HALTERS—This flattering, slimming silhouette harks back to the invasion of the mini in the mod 1960s—check of Tibi’s striking white version, pictured at right.
PSYCHEDELIC JUMPSUITS—Sure, printed onesies may be nothing new, but Edun’s groovy pattern instantly reminded me of the ’60s photo shown above.
WOVEN TOPPERS—I loved the slightly silly woven hats at Rachel Comey, which instantly reminded me of iconic beachwear from the ’40s and ’50s.
Are there any vintage trends you’d like to see on the runways?