Rodarte’s Spring 09 line sought to create a tenuous link between the ancient Greek Gods and renowned Earth artist, Robert Smithson.
Heap of Language
The ancient Greek's had a preoccupation with the human form and thus, clothing was draped and pinned to accentuate the body. As well as white, popular colors included violet, green, and grey.
replications of ancient Greek pins known as fibulas.
Rodarte Spring 09
a.) 1960s orange chiffon dress b.) i. magnin dress and coat c.) 1950s satin gown d.) 1950s floral dress
One of the more prevailing fashion trends for Spring 09 involves combining nostalgia with a modern twist. This mismash of styles has evolved into a type of eccentric dressing up with classic styles married to quirky colors and clashing prints.
The style has a Jackie-O meets Phyllis Diller, but with more classy "O" touches and less "Ditzy Dill" appeal.
It is both fun and irreverant, while also evoking a sense of the classic lady who would lunch and meet the girls for tea or breakfast at Tiffany's.
The overall fashion is a bit of a throwback to a time that involved niceties and a more personal touch, such as Sunday visits to the in-laws or writing (by hand) letters to long-lost friends. The prim and proper with a dash of whimsy trend is recreated with the use of boxy silhouettes, pencil or A-line skirts, Chanel-inspired box jackets, pretty florals, and sherbert pastels.
As well as giant bows, the collection was also punctuated with full ruffles and roses with dominant colors in black, white, a dusky violet and teal. On paper, it all sounds very girly and sweet, but the pictures tell another story...one that involves a sweet girl who has gone more than a little madcap, think Betty Davis in "Whatever Happened To Baby Jane" and then you will begin to recognize the story behind the Moschino Spring 09 collection.
Looking to recapture the glory days of being a lady, be "That Girl," or just have a little fun dressing up to meet your friends for Saturday brunch, then here are a few vintage options to start with:
1980s vintage|nasty gal
1960s vintage|woodland farms vintage
1980s vintage|vagabond nyc
One of the prevailing themes for the Spring 09 season saw designers exploring form and function. This concept focused on the shape of garments as well as the reinterpretion of familiar silhouettes. The idea of allowing shapes to dominate in the design process is not new as many designers, especially from the 1960s, such as Rudi Gernreich, Mary Quant and Andre Courreges, took their inspirations from architecture and space age exploration.
Vogue|Vintage spotlights André Courrèges who was a French fashion designer known for his ultra-modern designs. He initially began his career designing for Balenciaga, but eventually opened his own house in 1961. His approach to design was heavily influenced by his civil engineer background. He was described as building rather than designing his clothes as many of his clothes were geometric in shape: squares, trapezoids, and triangles.
Courreges was also one of the most copied dress-designer of his era, but this is to be understood as mass production of clothing had really begun to take off during this time period due to the high demand from the teenaged Baby Boomer population. In 1964, Courrege introduced a new space age collection designed around a boxy silhouette. Shortly after, retailers were stocking their stores with plastic skirts and jackets, crash helmets, white boots, and goggles in order to meet the high demand.
70s Kimono Dress|Vagabond NYC
Architectural Panel Dress|Nasty Gal
80s Ruffle Dress|Nasty Gal
Stephen Sprouse was a prolific and talented designer who defined punk rock glamour during the 1980s. His designs were hallmarked by sixties-inspired neon graffiti prints and silk satin mini-skirts. His style was fashioned from the streets and evolved as the underground art and music scenes began to surface in New York.
Sprouse revisioned the concepts of prints and colors; his magic marker scrawl and day-glo pop colors conveyed the same type of hyper and frenetic energy MTV was broadcasting from the streets and into our homes in the forms of punk rock, hip hop, new wave, and synthpop.
Taking much of his inspiration from popular music and art, Stephen Sprouse was a visionary in his approach to fashion. He was also strongly influenced by the space-age designs associated with the 1960s, using satellite photos from NASA as the backdrop and conception for many of his designs, which he described as "cyberpunk."
Diane Von Furstenberg's Spring 09 Collection, Rock Goddess, also channelled the free-flowing, artistic energy of Sprouse's colors and patterns. The collection was more rooted in the "hippie" era of the sixties which was part of Sprouse's inital inspiration, as well as, featured fabrics and silhouettes that were softer and less structured than Sprouse's more tailored, yet deconstructed pieces.
Vintage shopping offers many options to travel "back" in time and pay homage to Stephen Sprouse's vision and to celebrate the playful, hard-edge energy that defined the music and fashion of the eighties, while staying current with the bright optimism showcased in Von Furstenberg's Spring 09 collection.
Vintage Pieces Courtesy of Nasty Gal
The 80s era is synonymous with big hair, shoulder pads, and girls wanting to have fun. If we’d heeded Nancy Reagan’s warning call to “Just Say No”…to greed, corruption, and apathy, it is possible, not certain, that we may not be faced with picking up the pieces of a shattered economy…maybe.
vintage tunic dress--tko atlanta
rachel roy--spring 09
1980s vintage black jumpsuit--nasty gal
rachel roy--spring 09
The ancient Japanese samurai culture developed amongst a strict code of honor, loyalty, frugality and obedience. The samurai led an existence couched between the violence required in their service to the emperor and the wisdom and serenity of Zen and Buddhist teachings. Shintoism, a great love and reverence for nature, also played a role in their daily lives.
Fashion also follows this same pattern of renewal, as its movement reveals a cycle of trends and designs, which are reborn season to season or decade to decade. In this sense, fashion is both grounded and revolutionary. This unique quality is what continues to capture our attention as we not only wait to see the next new trend presented on the runways, but also to be inspired by the reinvention of the familiar.
And so it is in this spirit of the Japanese samurai, the Great Warrior, and in partnership with AvantFab, this new post category is introduced. Please join us each week for a review of current fashion designer trends and vintage designs that are available in the market. Our primary goal is to encourage responsible shopping and designing by giving you a view of vintage styles that are in vogue, as well as celebrate the sustainability of fashion…think of it as a reminder that trends come and go, but fashion is forever:).
Marc Jacob’s RTW Spring 09 line reached back and across with its influences a blend of turn of the century Gibson Girl (cute straw boater hats, prairie style bustle skirts) and ancient Japanese culture(technicolor, metallic, obi belts and sashes). The patchwork leather satchels w/ obi tie trims created a strange, but transformational marriage of these divergent times and cultures…but it is possible to imagine that although divided by oceans, during this time period, both Japanese geishas and Gibson girls prepared for work dressed in their respective obi belts and straw boaters. Our early prototypes of the female warrior.
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