Decade fashion is almost always in style in one way or another; however, the decade that’s in fashion is constantly changing. During the first fashion month of 2017, plenty of designers were inspired by vintage vibes, but these collections were made with a specific decade in mind. We’ll start with the 1920’s and work our way up to the ’90s: this is the evolution of fashion.
At NYFW, Kate Spade delivered this collection for FW17. This borrows on modern day street style trends, but it was inspired by the 1920’s. Ah, the 20s; when prohibition was on everyone’s minds and bootleg liquor on nearly everyone’s lips. Provocative dress was starting to make it’s way into mainstream women’s fashion. This devil-may-care attitude is a great reminder of how far women in the U.S. have come, but also, how far they have yet to go in the wake of the Trump victory.
Tanya Taylor‘s FW17 collection can also be understood via it’s feminist underpinnings. Throughout history, colour has been equated with power; think of the jewel tones adorned by emperors in both ancient paintings and pop culture. In the 1920s, Japanese kimonos were being made with more colour and vibrancy than ever before. This is a powerful symbol for the steps towards gender parity that women were making at the time. This collection is reminiscent of those colourful kimonos and 1920’s Japan.
At Paris Fashion Week, Nehera dropped this 1930’s-inspired collection for FW17. Although it is infused with subtle street style vibes, this collection is ultimately an exploration of masculinity.
The ’30s were about an economic and cultural backswing from the roaring ’20s. Feminine dress was becoming reacquainted with class and the collapsed economy was giving way to a more meaningful exploration of masculinity. More men were suffering from depression and suicidal tenancies than ever before, and many were giving into a life of crime in order to keep their children and wives fed. Nehera imagines a spectrum of masculinity in this collection, from 1930s gangster to struggling businessman to street urchin.
Rochas delivered this collection at Paris Fashion Week that was inspired by the 1940s and 1950s. This is an exploration of femininity through structure and elegance; in the 40s, and 50s, this is what a woman ought to have been.
These designs borrow modern streetwear trends, such as ruffled Victorian collars and androgynous beauty, and re-imagine them for simpler times.
What is considered the feminine ideal is dynamic throughout time and space; in the 40s and 50s, graceful and reliable were two adjectives by which most women would be thrilled to be described.
As with most high fashion shows, the Rochas show closed with a selection of glamorous evening looks. If this doesn’t scream old Hollywood, I don’t know what does.
The old Hollywood vibes thrived at Miu Miu. This collection was inspired by the 1940s and 1970s. In case you’re wondering, that’s not real fur. If you’re viewing this on a screen with a high enough resolution, then you can tell this is nothing other than loads of cheesy fake fur.
Although it might seem like it was inspired by Toad from the Mario Brothers games, this is actually about glamour in the face of an unpredictable future. In these turbulent political times, it is more important than ever for women to express ourselves – from aesthetic dress to demanding the same political rights as men.
Back at NYFW, Rebecca Taylor dropped this collection for FW17 that was inspired by the 1940s and the 1980s.
This collection is made up of businesswear for the woman working 9-5, and glamorous evening looks that she might wear out to happy hour.
At Milan Fashion Week, Bottega Veneta debuted this collection inspired by the 1940s.
This feminine collection is all about structure. The look is glamorous and polished.
This ladylike has everything a socialite might need in her FW17 wardrobe.
No. 21 debuted the collection below, which was inspired by the 1950s.
This collection draws its aesthetic from the designer’s vision of the American southern widow, however, it’s all about texture and layers for fall.
During Paris Fashion Week, Olympia Le-Tan showed this collection of postmodernist takes on 1950s tropes, such as knee-length hemlines and menswear-inspired collars.
These designs were inspired by arcades; these Parisian shopping meccas were the spot to pick up the latest fashion and gossip alike. Olympia Le-Tan imagines the women in the arcades as femme fatales and noir heroines; it’s a sharp departure from the elegance and grace of 1950s femininity portrayed by her fellow designers.
Alessandra Rich imagined the ’60s this season with this collection of kitschy streetwear and eveningwear.
As her surname suggests, this collection is all about the wealth and decadence of starlets from the 60s.
Zuhair Murad dropped this collection for FW17 that was also inspired by the 1960s. Although he may be busy dressing stars, Murad never misses out on an opportunity to bring rich patterns, textures, and applique to his ready-to-wear designs. He is known for his dresses and gowns, however, there are plenty of separates in this collection.
At London Fashion Week, Topshop Unique dropped the ’60s inspired collection that is pictured below.
Although this is giving me major Kate Moss vibes, according to the designer, the inspiration behind this collection was the phrase “Keep Calm + Party On”.
British fashion is known for it’s structure, but more and more designers have been taking a post-modern approach. Because certain details are exaggerated, this collection is markedly post-structuralist.
During Milan Fashion Week, Luisa Beccaria dropped this dreamy collection of ’60s-and-’70s-inspired streetwear and eveningwear.
This brings me all kinds of hippie and vintage vibes.
It’s the complete wardrobe for the girl who loves party frocks.
So many designers this season brought ’70s-inspired collections to the catwalk that you’ll have to wait to read my blog post about them all. However, I’d be lying if I said Luisa Beccaria wasn’t one of my absolute favourites.
Etro‘s ’60s-and-’70s-inspired collection also dropped at Milan Fashion Week, but delivered worldly vibes instead of dreamy ones.
For FW17, Etro is all about animal print. The eveningwear reminds me of the rich Italian scarves that the designer is probably constantly draped in.
During NYFW, Tadashi Shoji debuted this collection of 60s-and-70s-inspired eveningwear and streetwear.
Shoji is from Japan, but now makes his home in America. His collections are often inspired by his sense of place and belonging in the world.
I’d list all the reasons why I’m fangirling over this collection, but I’d run out of bandwidth. In short, the vivacious velvet, fresh florals, and masterful usage of millennial pink all have me swooning.
Not only is this collection aesthetically stunning, but it comes with an empowering message. According to the designer, this is about feminism and self-expression. As he said himself, “the time to express your true self is now!” This message was supplemented with the youth revolutions in the ’60s and ’70s that also inspired this collection.
During Paris Fashion Week, Chloe debuted this ready-to-wear collection for FW17.
This ’60s-and-’70s-inspired collection is the lead designer at Chloe’s last runway presentation after 6 years. The designer made a name for Chloe as a streetwear brand for Instagram-savvy starlets.
Nearly every one of these looks is Insta-ready; but I’d expect no less from the creative geniuses at Chloe.
This collection cleverly mixes modern street style trends with ’60s and ’70s vibes in ways that no one else has. From oversized sweaters to slouchy plaid shirts, Chloe has delivered everything a fashion fanatic could fantasize about for fall.
I love the bold patterns and chic florals, but these minimal looks are just as eye-catching.
There are few things I love more than a beautiful tulle dress, but a flurry of them at the finale might be at the top of the list.
Some of the best ’80s vibes were delivered at Natasha Zinko during London Fashion Week.
Zinko might be known for her jewelry, but she is breaking the mould for this fall and winter with this collection of desirable separates and street style statements. This Instagram-ready collection is inspired by ’80s Barbie and is adorned with rabbit motifs.
During Milan Fashion Week, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini debuted this collection that was also inspired by the ’80s.
The aesthetics behind these designs are vintage Elizabeth Taylor and The Cure.
This collection is chock full of bold patterns and bold choices; what could be more ’80s than that?
Not many designers took on this decade, but Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini proved that the ’80s can be chic.
Major props to the lovely creative people at the helm of Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini for their masterful use of millennial pink.
In Paris during Spring 2017 Couture in Paris, Jean Paul Gaultier dropped this collection of avante garde separates and evening gowns.
This Vetements alum put an ’80s spin on classic Vetements.
During Milan Fashion Week, Arthur Arbesser presented this collection made of comfy, cool, Italian fabrics.
This was inspired by Wings of Desire, which is a 1980s film about earth angels in Berlin. The look is1980s militia with a touch of Parisian avante garde.
Neil Barrett dropped this more minimal ’80s-inspired collection for FW17.
In the early ’80s, Barrett was expressing his creative freedom in London while he was away at college. He was learning about the world while recognizing societal injustices, and considered himself a punk. This collection is all about Barrett’s nostalgia for the scene in London during the early 1980s.
Albino Teodoro delivered the ’80s-inspired collection below for FW17.
Although he resides in Milan, Teodoro identifies with Japanese culture. In the 1980s, Japanese youth were revolting against a harsh system with rigid norms. This collection mirrors that questioning of authority with gentle deconstruction in the details of these otherwise structured designs.
During New York Fashion Week, Tibi debuted this ’80s-inspired collection for FW17.
There are less and less collections for the working girl than there are the Instagram street style starlet; this season, Tibi took a nostalgic look back at ’80s business casual staples.
Whether this change is due to a diminishing quantity of traditional 9-5 jobs or business casual just doesn’t sell anymore is still up for debate. However, by infusing some vintage vibes into the public sector, Tibi is making business casual desirable again.
During Milan Fashion Week, MSGM delivered this collection that was inspired by a television show that first aired in 1989.
If you’re familiar with the intricacies of The Red Room, you’ll recognize the setting of this runway presentation from Twin Peaks. The designer at the helm of MSGM analyzed the symbols from the first two seasons while he eagerly awaited the third. According to MSGM, we should be paying attention to the owls and trees when we’re watching the new season.
The patterns are rich, the fabrics are Italian, and the vibe is high school, but it works. Among my favourite looks in this collection are the Big-Bird-esque coat, the printed dresses, and the denim-on-denim looks.
During Paris Fashion Week, Guy Laroche delivered this collection of minimal basics that are reminiscent of the ’80s and ’90s.
The designs is about as avante garde as a Parisian designer can get without any patterns. This collection is less about millennials who crave vintage vibes for their Instagram posts and more about the Gen Xers who actually experienced adulthood in the ’80s and ’90s.
During NYFW, Nicholas K debuted this collection that looks like the ’70s but is actually inspired by ’90s Marc Jacobs.
According to the designer, the look here is space gypsy. Although it was inspired by the ’90s hip hop scene, this collection is a defensive reaction to the current political climate.
During Milan Fashion Week, Diesel Black Gold dropped this collection of desirable denim and notable neutrals.
Diesel Black Gold are known for delivering futuristic and street savvy collections. However, this collection was inspired by the grunge scene of the 1990s. These nostalgic and romantic designs are a sharp departure from what we’re used to seeing from the creative geniuses behind Diesel Black Gold, but I’m not complaining.
Plenty of designers delivered all kinds of vintage and retro vibes during the first fashion month of 2017. For your reading pleasure, I have organized the best representatives from each decade into the preceding list. If you enjoyed reading it, make sure you share it with your friends!