CF Desk: In Vogue Old Vogue
December 20, 2012
Christine Faulhaber has a well archived collection of Vogue Magazines. This prize compilation has proven a never ending supply of inspiration, laughs and well documented fashion history. An office favourite is to encourage Faulhaber’s fresh faces to introduce themselves to the trends of their birthday. Looking through the pages of Tom Selleck’s “Cigar Cologne” ads is always an eye-opening experience to our young professionals. Looking back, even if it is only a decade or two, is a great way to garner an understanding of the progress from then to now. The “remember when we used to wear white eye-liner” days or “I used the have the coolest pair of platform flip-flops” days. It is all too easy to see the vast differences between the seemingly “wild” trends of 80s and 90s and even the beginning of the millennium but the similarities are mindboggling as well.
The bottom line is that fashion comes full circle every few years, with hemlines and heels rising and falling, colours waxing and waning. The trends of 2012 have been no different, they are all seemingly traceable to another decade. The 2012s didn’t invent the collared shirt or the bowler hat or feathers, furs and leather for that matter. This Vogue dissection won’t attempt to decipher trend secrets dating back to the Baroque Era, simply a little comparison of our favourite then and now’s with this month’s Vogue and Vogue December ’95.
PRETTY IN PINK: A full spread of the time’s favourite celebrities wearing nothing but pink. Although today’s pink is a little less Pepto-Bismol and Hilary Clinton and a little more subtle blush. The cuts are more delicate and womanly without the short, square and spaghetti strapped look. Less silk more chiffon and charmeuse!
BLING: Jewelled embellishments adds that touch of personality to any wardrobe. Today’s touches either by brooch, jeweled tops or skirts add a punch of fun. These fanciful elements from the fifties made a comeback in the 90’s and again by fashion icons like Alexa Cheung today. Adding bling takes it from ordinary to extraordinary.
COLOUR BLOCK: Both the December 95 and 12 publications were riddled with popping colour combinations. It isn’t a new trend but seems to be here to stay. It is all about choosing a palette to work with and pulling inspiration to layer playful colours and textures to achieve a really attention grabbing look. The 90s had its acid pastels and the 12s has its bold and strong punches of colour and jewel tones. The best part about the 12s is that it took this trend a bit further and included colour blocking makeup as well
In the end, what goes around comes around again, and again, and again. From the post-modern hodgepodge to grunge, to mad men to corsets, we can’t wait to see what will come back. Every time style reuses and recycles, at least with our fashion evolution, we don’t reduce. We constantly add a little something, be it more subtle, simple or theatrical playing with the trend timeline has captivating results and having the history categorized at Faulhaber allows the foresight to see what fashion will repossess next.