Old fashioned chic more stylish than ever

As designers derive  so many ideas from  the past, the question arises: is innovation dead?

Photo courtesy of Sammy Davis Vintage

Fashion is looking backwards. 

Throwbacks from decades past are constantly making appearances in fashion magazies: Jean Paul Gaultier and Balenciaga’s 2011 Spring/Summer Collections are inspired by tough, punk-rock styles (think Joan Jett circa 1980), while Marc Jacobs’ collection breathed 1970’s glamour with Jodie Foster’s now iconic look from the 1976 film Taxi Driver, serving as a muse.

Recent revivals go back as far as the Twenties.  Steampunk, a fashion style drawing heavily on the Victorian era, recently made a comeback. 

And  Mad Men, set in the 1960s, revived forgotten styles. With the eye-catching hourglass silhouettes and accentuating garments embodying the look of the past, this look became stylish again. Nipped waists and pencil skirts  made appearances in many collections and dominated the collection of Donna Karan

Photo courtesy of Retro Threadz 

But the question remains: with our fashion constantly being defined by the past, is innovation dead?

We  seem to be moving backwards rather than forward. Beauty looks such as bold red lips and chic winged eyeliner seem more nostalgic than cutting edge.  For now, at least, expect the derivative.

Photo courtesy of The Fashion Spot

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