Vintage clothing: a new way to look at the past

 By Carolina Benjumea Rúa

Whoever said old times were better was right, there is a nostalgic feeling in the world and when life becomes hard there is a tendency to go back to the times where everything seemed simpler and to the times when we felt happier; to the swing style and Flappers behavior. To the times of corsés, hats and big dresses. Right now is the moment of vintage clothing and new thinking. Thanks to fashion we can transport ourselves to the time we want, without the necessity of being in Halloween.

When you hear about vintage clothing you may think about your grandma’s old couch or your mom’s old graduation dress, it’s kind of truth, but vintage objects are becoming more than just “old objects”, these pieces carry a whole baggage of stories and art combined, is a way of not letting traditions die. In the article “How used clothing became vintage fashion” published in www.atlasobscura.com, they declare: “like fine wine, vintage clothing was coming to be regarded as something of high quality that became more valuable with age”, and we totally agree; the quality, the tailoring and the design of each garment makes them sophisticated pieces that we all want to wear.

For this season we will be relieving the elegance of vintage coats, we are going back to the classic sophistication. Warm and cozy coats that seem to have been taken directly from the Russian aristocracy were seen in the collections of Vetements, Céline, Loewe, Marc Jacobs, Dries Van Noten, Miu Miu and more. Those pieces that weren’t so easy to forget or throw away are realieving and are becoming a must-have in fashionista’s wardrobes, not only for inspiration, but also as every day outfits. They are also gaining a space in stores proving that there is a sense of sentimantality in today’s world and a longing of not forgetting who we were before, but also proving that fashion has the power to let us go back to the past or move to the future in any moment.

The romanticism, the elegance and the uniqueness of vintage clothing have trapped followers from all over the world, people that prefer going for the dramatism, timeless and ethereal looks. Many stores have left the mass- produced clothes to sell hand-made pieces with years and years of history; Anoushka in Paris, Star Struck Vintage Clothing in New York and Decades in Los Angeles are just a few of these stores that provide the costumer with the most exclusive Chanel, Prada, YSL, Balenciaga and many more designes of each decade. Also websites like What Goes Around Comes Around, Peekaboo Vintage and Housing Works Action have as main target the vintage apparels.

This vintage trend has gone further than just clothing, it has also reached accesories, house decoration and even cars, this is a huge change for an industry that is obssesed with the new and the future, but the appealing aspect in this trend is that it lets you wear more than just a piece of fabric, it lets you wear memories and history, it lets you stand out in the crowd and relieve those years that seem to never come back.

Photos taken from www.vogue.com

 

The future is now

By Carolina Benjumea Rúa

It seems like fashion has always been obsessed with the future, but for Autumn designers took it very literal and the futuristic trend got here with outfits that seem straight out of a NASA mission. The interest in this topic has created a new trend, designers used their imagination to create glamorous collections with their own personal perception about space.

As we have already mentioned, everything in fashion has a reason to be, every trend is born thanks to something that is happening in the world. This trend took off thanks to the discovery of seven new planets, which is a great advance in space investigation. But, is                     society prepared for these and more discoveries in space? Well fashion is, and is prepared in the most fashionable way, that's why we will show you the best looks for this season so you can adopt them in your everyday life.

Designers like Julius, Lacoste, Balenciaga, Paco Rabanne, Christopher Kane, Loewe, Chanel, Saint Laurent, Calvin Klein, Comme des Garçons, JW Anderson and Gucci, took us to space with their Fall / Winter collections. But the best example is Karl Lagerfeld who surprised us with a spacecraft about to take off in the middle of the Grand Palais in Paris -So Chanel.

Metallic colors and simple silhouettes are representative of the Sci- fi style. This year we stick with the metal and leave the simple behind. Oversized coats and very elaborate garments, such as dresses, jackets and moon boots, colors like red, blue, pink, khaki, gold, silver and fabrics like fluid silver lamé, iridescent foil and chainmail will be the stars of the season. Clothing that makes us think that the future is now and there’s no need to look any further.

This trend is the best option to give a twist to the classic garments we always wear; let's forget the conventional outfits for this season, because now the Tweed jackets will take us to the space, the boots take us to walk on the moon and the coats give us a cosmonaut feeling that, let's face it, it wouldn’t look bad on us.

The first time we saw this trend was in the 90’s, right before the change of millenium. People were intrigued about the new things that could come with the XXI century and the new discoveries in the space. So far, technology has changed the way we communicate with other people, the way we study, the way we entertain and, apparently, the way we dress.

All photos taken from www.vogue.com

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