couture week 2014
After watching hours of the Mercedes-Benz fashion shows streaming live, I began to think about how fashion continues to repeat itself. The clothes worn in past days often resurface with very little changes. However, I can’t ever remember wearing knee pads in the past. Although they look fun on the model.
I decided to compare my clothes from photos taken in the 70′s and 80′s to the new designs on the runway I saw this week. And the search began by thumbing through 20 photo albums, searching every crook and cranny in the house for old photos. Tis was the journey.
So I began this photo project, WOE what a project. It remains a mystery how photos can get misplaced in the strangest places, like kitchen cabinets, purses, calendar books , laundry closets, books – you name it. It became the “thrill of the hunt” event that went on for days.
As I discovered these old photos, it was like a “blast from the past” lifting its head again. I started remembering and reminiscing about the music that was popular when the photos were taken, like Fleetwood Mac, Bee Gee’s, Elton John and the Eagles. Which is basically, because my world evolved around Fleetwood Mac and the Eagles. And I can’t forget, my crush for Motown music and the great Nina Simone. I am still chasing the sounds of their voices today so, in reality, I’m an old school music girl.
Can you believe short denim jackets exactly like this are hanging in Forever 21 right now? This photo was taken in 1982. How about the photo, can you believe this is me?
back to black hair – 1982
At first, I cringed at the fashion, as I looked at the old pictures. And then I remembered how much fun I had through the year’s planning my outfits and shopping for countless hours looking for the perfect pieces to work together. Shoes and handbags to match, of course. Oh, and the HAIR, that’s a whole other blog post, but it was pretty crazy styles.
After reaching a certain level of appreciation, for the old fashion in the photos, my only regret, is the lack of good camera technology available back then for the average person to take good photos. Most of my photos are dark and fuzzy, making it hard to see all the details. Now, we have great cameras that are (smart computers) and very good cameras on our smart phones. I love photos, treasure them, debate for days if a frame should be changed out with a new photo to replace an old one. Then I go on a mission for another spot to put the old photo, instead of placing it in a photo album.
Ironically enough, as a few photos of my grandmother emerged from the piles, the fashion looked way more realistic for todays runways. I have an appreciation for Vintage because it offers inspiration for fashion designers to develop new trends from old silhouettes, but it’s not my personal style. I love the new, shiny and hottest trend, far out on the horizon. If it has a whimsical flair or a beautiful Hepburn influence, I like it, but for the most part – I get my inspiration from current trends, and mixing the new with the older things I own. As a working girl, I embrace the master minimalist Calvin Klein and his simple clean lines. His line will always offer you a choice of perfect timeless pieces that looks commanding on your body, regardless of your size or shape.
The Capri Pant Aubrey Hepburn is wearing in the photo below was taken in 1956. Capris are a classic example of fashion that has gained popularity and later became extinct on the fashion lines. Everyone first saw Capri pants on the Dick Van Dyke Show in 1948, worn by Mary Tyler Moore. Capris rose in popularity from 1948 until the late 60′s, then they disappeared due to lack of popularity until after the 90′s. Today – Capris are a closet staple.
Hepburn – 1956
The next time you decide to tackle a photo clean up, consider the story the picture tells. Try to appreciate the fashion and the hair that you once loved. Take a second and take a trip down memory lane.
- Where you were at the time?
- Where did you get your outfit?
- What music influenced your style?
- Did you see a reflection of your style developing even back then?
Many of my older photos were trade out clothes from my friends. We were always swapping clothes with each other for some reason or another. Funny how you don’t do that so much when you get older.
What is really crazy is when you see yourself in past photos wearing clothing that are high fashion items (now), like high-waisted bottoms and leggings. I will wait for your photos for this demonstration.
Feel free to post some of your old “blasts from the past” photos on the FB page. Fashion is fun – have some.
Very truly Yours,
True to you girls – “Inspired by trends on the outside, beautiful on the inside”.