Runway Revivals: Fashion’s Past to Present

Photo: Betsey Johnson at (left), and Heartaches and Handbags

While it may seem that fashion is all about the future, we beg to differ by saying that it’s about reinventing the past! Some of our favorite retro styles have been spotted on the Spring/Summer 2011 runways recently. So, take a gander through our favorite picks and tell us which revived style is your favorite!

Photo: Jason Wu at (left), and Twentyfourframes

‘TURBAN BACK TIME’ – Turbans have made a huge comeback on the runway, in editorials, and on the streets, but Jason Wu‘s posh reincarnation of the statement-making accessory is what wrapped our interest this season. And that silky, taupe-hued top? Looks like Sheer Beauty to us.

Photo: Organic by John Patrick at (left), and Style Section La

MINIMAL PALETTE WITH A BIG OL’ HAT – With a striking, minimal white palette and a flair for noteworthy presentation, Organic by John Patrick‘s incredible three-piece look mirrors the iconic silhouette and undeniable aplomb of Bianca Jagger’s wedding ensemble. Strike up your own interesting style by pairing the Too Hat to Handle with a monochromatic medley!

Photo: Marc Jacobs at (left), and Fashion Bomb Daily

OVER-THE-TOP ’70s EMBELLISHMENT – The crux of Marc Jacobs‘ appeal is his ability to seamlessly intertwine vintage inspiration with fashion-forward, trendsetting style. This season was no exception, and for his collection of flowy dresses, tailored outerwear, savvy suits, and a little black bikini, Jacobs paid homage to the over-the top embellishments of 1970s glamour. Equipped with our Off to See the Wizard Boot, you’ll be walking in a stylish path alongside these notable fashion forerunners!

Which retro revival are you happy to see emerge again?


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    Fashion Today 09/15/2010 at 4:32 pm #

    Love that image of Marilyn! So stunning!

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    Paulette W. 09/15/2010 at 4:44 pm #

    I love all the 70s inspired clothing I am seeing on the New York Fashion Week runways

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    Fashionable Earth 09/15/2010 at 7:51 pm #

    we love organic by john patrick too !!

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    Marcela A. 09/15/2010 at 10:29 pm #

    When is ModCloth going to start selling cat-eye sunglasses? I am seriously craving for one! 🙁

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    the village idiot 09/16/2010 at 12:22 pm #

    i love the cat-eyes and turbans that are so “in”!
    love love bianca jagger- she is such an icon!

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    Robin 09/16/2010 at 3:06 pm #

    I love this. Esp the turban! you should do one for fall since its all about the 50s. Great post! 🙂

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    Annie 09/20/2010 at 11:46 pm #

    I saw Dennis Basso while in New York and it was screaming 1950s!

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