When I was reviewing the fashion shows for Fall/Winter 2008 I noticed a trend. Many of the Designers that showed outside of the United States had an underlying theme of looking toward the past. With that in mind the designers also adapted the fashion from the past and turned it into something modern and chic. Some of the most noticeable themes had to do with the 1960’s and 1970’s fashion that was popularized.
Moschino was shown in Milan, Italy. A Style.com reviewer described the line as “Jardini went sixties girly, from the models’ curly mop tops right on down to their patent Mary Janes. She added gold sequined embroidery to ombré mohair minidresses, whipped Milan’s de rigueur leopard print into trenches and short dresses with tiers of stiff ruffles, and discovered the many uses of black silk fringe. The latter turned up, among other places, on a three-button coat and on the pant legs of a V-neck jumpsuit.”
Another show that had the trend of looking toward the past was Christian Dior. It was shown in Paris, France. A reviwer from Style.com, describes this line as ” It involved boxy jackets worn with A-line skirts and detailed with standaway collars and covered buttons; luxe minks and chinchillas cut in horizontal bands; Dior houndstooth checks bound with black patent edgings; a few rounded-off, overlapping mid-century geometric prints; and bejeweled bubble dresses for evening.”
The collection for Dolce & Gabbana had a vibe resembling the 70’s. It was shown in Milan Italy. A reviewer form Style.com say’s ” Whatever else happens in Milan, you can count on Dolce & Gabbana to put on the glossiest high-production, total-conviction, proper old-school show in town. This season, they hit on a device for merging the feeling for longer lengths with tailoring and “country” fabrications: the midi-skirt moment, circa early-seventies London. A remix of David Bowie’s greatest hits was on the soundtrack as the girls pounded out in curly haired gilets, flat caps, poor-boy sweaters, country-check shirts, printed silk scarves, and dozens of tweedy skirts, gathered into the waist and hitting at mid-calf.”
As the saying goes, what goes out of Fashion will always come back. Look toward the past and maybe we will see similar fashions based off today’s current trends.