Nostalgic for the times gone by? Revisiting fashion icons in a post post-modernist era

If you look closely you may notice that every now and again there is a time warp, be it in the film or in the fashion industry. It is very comforting to tweak, improve or return to classic pieces that do not fail to impress or complete an outfit. It is not only because of the abounding simulacra; it is also a nostalgia for trustworthiness.

The most obvious example related to the film industry is Baz Luhrmann’s latest screen adaptation. With the imminent release of and keen anticipation for The Great Gatsby’, it goes to show that no matter what generation you hail from, the allure of the roaring twenties will strike a chord in the bon vivant among you. The film promises to be a feast of the most lavish, a celebration of the most opulent. The costumes are as sumptuous and sophisticated as they can get.

Now for revisiting icons in the fashion industry. Leafing through one of my mum’s pristinely preserved Harper’s Bazaar of the 60s, I found myself exclaiming how on trend and sought after certain pieces still are, as I was lapping up the sea of bags and shoes, with many of the brands still going strong today, having weathered the storm of retail and financial downturns. So why not extend this simulation to people, that is to the new faces of tomorrow that remind us of yesteryear’s?

The examples I selected are to underscore this principle: if people in their 50s and 60s grew up reading magazines (such as Vogue as seen below) showcasing models of the day who in turn had a signature look, and if today these looks are being revived through new faces, then these readers will make a connection that for an instant will take them back in time, to when they were young and when everything seemed possible. It is not about the faces or the fashion. It is not about who is the most stunning or about reinventing the wheel, for they are all beautiful women in their own right. It is about celebrating life and keeping memories alive : a vibrating and positive nostalgia.

1.Edie Campbell – styled after Penelope Tree

2. Agyness Deyn – who doesn’t like a Twiggy?

3. Alexa Chung – does a doe-eyed Audrey Hepburn

4. Lara Stone – reminiscent of Brigitte Bardot

5. January Jones – rekindles an ethereal Grace Kelly

6. Jourdan Dunn – the new Naomi

And last but not least…

7. Cara Delevingne – who reminds us of Kate Moss

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