Fashion: Best of the Decade & Its Defining Style Moments
Fashion designers of the decade and their standout looks that will become the hallmark of 00′s fashion
Our fashion savants, and vintage experts, Andrea Perini and Naveed Hussain of VagabondNYC are like walking encyclopedias of iconic fashion moments from mid-century to today. The fashion industry kids are a go-to source for what’s relevant from the past to wear today.
Andrea and Naveed have culled some of their thoughts from the past 10 years and let us be a fly on the wall with this quick-study crib sheet of what influences in fashion they feel are worth your remembering and collecting from the decade and why.
Is it fair to call this a decade of heavy revivals? Why so?
AP: Absolutely. So many iconic lines resurrected, some with great success, some critical darlings shuttered for monetary reasons, others total failures.
Lanvin, Balenciaga, Balmain, Givenchy, Burberry, Bottega Veneta, Nina Ricci (floundering), Rochas, Vionnet, Bill Blass, Ungaro (horrible but still alive), Halston (floundering)
If so, what era brought back was our favorite?
AP: I can’t say. The revivals that are thriving to this day are helmed by designers who’ve managed to honor the history and signature aesthetic of their respective houses, who’ve clearly studied their respective archives whilst putting their own thoroughly modern stamp on them.
Lanvin and Balenciaga come to mind immediately. The former has whispers of the French forties re-imagined in raw edged techno fabrications. The latter is even more difficult to pin an era to. They are successful because they are thoroughly modern. You can catch glimpses of certain era’s in them but they’ve been adapted to now. Balmain‘s 80′s in-your-face aesthetic is too obvious and sort of comical. Phoebe Philo‘s Chloe was effortlessly modern and accessible, beautiful and natural. It was also quite reverential to the history and signature of the house. And that aesthetic was French 70′s. So there. If I had to pick I’d say 70′s for it’s accessibility and 40′s for it’s elegance.
NH: The 70′s, seen throughout the last decade at Chloe in all forms from luxe-hippie to super-cool collegiate babysitter to the swanky left bank maman look Phoebe Philo is so loved for.
Many older, dusty houses were brought back from the dead, favorite?
Agreed: Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz is giving a new generation of women the kind of things they would want from a house like Chanel, that speak more to them, that are sincere and less ostentatious. The house is now truly modern in a louche, easy way without forgoing luxury, and ease. Everything is super de-luxe, yet raw-edged and unfussy. There is no other company in any other kind of market that you can compare this to.
This was a tumultuous decade for many of the world’s creative designers, our saddest loss was-
We can’t say it’s a tie just because Olivier Theyskens was so genius during his brief period at Nina Ricci so it has to be hands down Helmut Lang. Also hope that Ungaro stops and hires a designer who brings what was once a really strong line up from the dead. It was once a go to place for glamor gals. The stuff we have is amazing.
Who do we think has made the strongest imprint on the decade?
AP: Muiccia Prada, Marc Jacobs (esp. his bags) and Nicolas Ghesqiere.
NH: Miuccia Prada, Nicolas Ghesquiere & John Galliano.
Favorite Trends of the Decade?
AP: Love- Raw edges, exposed zippers, borrowing from the boys, all of the amazing shoes, anything Margiela — luxury t-shirts (Rick Owens), all the crazy beautiful statement jewelery.
Hate – Literal iterations of any decade – MJ is the worst offender. 80′s on repeat. Maxi dresses, hippie head bands, gladiator sandals, & lycra leggings.
NH: Love- The return of accessorizing after minimalism, from statement jewels to turbans, things got very inventive. Minimalism took away so many options from prints to anything else superfluous, this was a total decade of maximalism.
NH: Hate- The return of the 80′s over & over & over again.
After all, this was a decade of many movements, what’s one we lived by but couldn’t go back to?
AP: The shapeless baby-doll dress.
NH: The whole Heidi Slimane dictatum.
Our Top Five Favorite New Designers of the Decade?
AP: Alber Elbaz
NH: Stefano Pilatti at YSL
Ricardo Ticsi at Givenchy
Jun Takahashi at Number (N)ine
Nicolas Ghesquiere at Balenciaga
What were some of the decade’s defining style moments?
Agreed: Balenciaga Fall 2001 is a collection you can still wear and look ahead of the pack almost ten yrs later, Prada Fall 2000 laid the foundation for re-appropriating vintage with an artful twist and Chloe Spring 2006 may be one of the most copied collections of all time, it really set designers to start thinking about moving away from the body, something we love.
AP would add Marc Jacobs handbag collaboration’s. Fast-fashion. The democratization of fashion via the web and in H&M, Kohls, TopShop, Target collaborations with high-end designers.
Key Ideas of the Decade in a few thoughts-
AP: REVIVALS, "It" bags, "It" shoes, mass-marketed avant-garde, deconstruction, limitless choices, fashion bloggers – street fashion – influence of Sartorialist etc, the death of print…magazines etc. Over-the-top spending and then the crash and a new reality, which is now. People returning to whats most important, what’s authentic. The new modesty (2010).
NH: Maximalism, show-stopping jewelry, deconstruction for the masses= the democratization of the avant-garde, off-set/off-key, inventive beyond the imagination, revival heavy, & climbing astronomical Couture price-points for r-t-w.
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Andrea Perini & Naveed Hussain | Team VagaBondNYC- Andrea Perini is a free-lance stylist and the founder and creative director of VagaBondNyc.com, the avant-garde vintage clothing destination specializing in clothing and accessories from the 60s-90s. Andrea buys, styles & shoots everything and feature's her well-edited archive in monthly vintage-only fashion editorials where every item is for sale. As fashion industry veterans, they edit their vintage buys to reflect their understanding of contemporary fashion's indebtedness to its past.
Before launching Vnyc, Andrea worked in fashion editorial at Harper's Bazaar, Elle and New York Mag and finally for (then senior fashion editor) Camilla Nickerson at Vogue assisting her on all of her commercial projects including ads for Chanel, YSL, Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger, and Narciso Rodriguez. Naveed Hussain, assistant fashion editor, has a BA in art history and is Andrea’s assistant stylist and general assistant at Vagabondnyc. Naveed also covers fashion, music and art for VNyc's blog's readers and has unlimited access to current and future fashion news & trends. He has worked as a buyer and has styled for The Dallas Morning News, The Chicago Tribune, and The New York Times. More information, including press links: VagaBondnyc.com