“Trends fade, style remains”, Coco Chanel famously said. The statement remains true in 2019, and is maybe more relevant than ever. Fashion has never had so many current trends and niche audiences as today, or at least so it seems. If you ask us, this is a sign of a healthy movement that keeps on evolving exponentially. After all, fashion is cyclical, and what was old will almost certainly become new again, and vintage accessories is no exception.
Inspirations are virtually infinite and seemingly come from all worlds and today you can spot some of the most prominent trends from the last decades. Sports, along with the 1950s, have returned in all their vintage glory and are once again in vogue. Below is a list of the vintage accessories that are coming back in full effect, as well as the addresses for you to get yours.
They are back, like they never really left. Head scarves were a classic sight in Hollywood movies from the middle of last century, but they gradually disappeared, after the 1970s. It really seems like 2019 is going to be the year where the silk scarves and cat-eye sunglasses combo are picking up where they left off. Celebrities A$AP Rocky to Kendall Jenner were recently seen sporting good old babushkas as a fashion statement. We can expect other designers to include similar elements in their upcoming collections. In the meantime, the likes of Longchamp, Hermès, Louis Vuitton and Versace, all have a special place for the silk squares, in their collections.
Brooches used to be the it-accessory from the 18th and 19th century. Most of them were fairly easy to produce and were especially used for aesthetic or fastening purposes (back when it was common to wear a cape, for instance). But then, capes became irrelevant and brooches followed suit. They fell to the fashion vault but were reintroduced and worn often by late legend Karl Lagerfeld. Lately, Pharrell Williams, who was obviously really influenced by the German designer, was seen wearing them, from both Chanel and Billionaire Boys Club, which is the name of his own streetwear brand. You can shop Chanel’s brooches directly on their website, or through select online and physical retailers.
Not many fashion accessories have been that controversial, especially after they had been around for so long! The corset, as we know it today, was first introduced internationally by Catherine de Medici, in the 16th century. It was quickly embraced by courtiers in the kingdom, but centuries went by and after WW1, women in western countries were asked to stop wearing them, to free up metal for weapons and ammo production. The item slowly fell to oblivion — although never completely — before the 1990s brought them back, with the rise of fetish fashion. In recent history, Kim Kardashian West — for her now famous wet look — was spotted wearing one, made to measure, under her Mugler silicon dress, at the 2019 Met Gala. Brands like Agent Provocateur offer a wide range of styles on their website.
The success of historic brands like Moncler, Y-3, North Face and Nike’s ACG within the technical wear segment has a lot to do with the latest huge collaborations launched in recent times (Supreme or Fragment Design, for instance). Celebrity names like Drake, Emily Ratajkowski and Kylie Jenner were seen sporting technical or athleisure brands, mixing it with more elevated pieces of clothing. Brands like Stone Island do focus on research and development, just as much as any other luxury brand. Just like high-end ready-to-wear or couture brands, the material, cut and comfort are key. The only difference remains in the sense of utility and purpose, something that almost only the technical range can offer. One of this year’s best hit : the Moncler x Fragment design collection. You can check out the capsule over here.
The most premium brands of our era are bringing back these goggles from the early 2000s. This past fashion week, avant-garde brands like Prada, Vêtements, Dior and Versace went all-in on the eyewear accessory. They are mixing iridescent gradient surfaces with metal spikes (see Vêtements’ Oakley goggles) and opaque lenses with contrasting glass legs. The retro futuristic look can match almost any outfit, as seen on Kim Jones’ Dior Pre-Fall collection in Tokyo. One of the most coveted collections is Prada’s Linea Rossa Eyewear collection line, available in several style and colours.