Fashion is a way of thinking, creating and ultimately, a way of life. Hence, it is only natural that it changes with the seasons, and each new creation brings with itself a new trend for the fashionistas to follow. Each design is the fruit of some inspiration, starting from animal skin, through natural landscapes or contrasting urban areas, all the way to unique and specific environments.
No matter whether they were inspired by the sparkling lights of the Las Vegas locals, or it is a modification of typical 19th century school uniforms, trends are recognized for their durability. Some of them have disappeared throughout the years, while others have been altered in order to fit more modern demands. Ultimately, there are those which cannot be denied a place in fashion history due to their lasting existence and apparent influence.
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The black leather jacket decorated with zippers and buttons and pockets used to hold a negative meaning, as bikers were often recognized as troublemakers. However, with a few campaigns and a pair of stitches that made it fitting for a female silhouette as well, the motorcycle jacket has come to stay in trend.
Little Black Dress
Since its appearance in 1926 as a creation by visionary Coco Chanel, the typical short, straight black dress with long sleeves became a symbol of fashion. It has since been used to denote elegance, trend, femininity, power, sensuality and so much more, either directly or through some of its variations.
As mentioned above, designers often used their natural surroundings and the creatures in them for inspiration. Some have incorporated leaves and floral prints for a more tropical look, but the animal print is the true symbol of exotic designer wear. Zebra and tiger prints are the most widely implemented patterns, although crocodile, snake skins and similar animalistic elements have also been eternalized in fashion trends.
A creation as old as time, or at least as the British Empire under the reign of Queen Victoria, the trench coat has managed to fight its way to modern department stores worldwide. It has been designed by Burberry, upon official requests to create a coat that would protect soldiers in the trenches from various weather conditions. Long after Britain reached its peak colonial potential, the trench coat originated from the fashion house Burberry is recognized as trendy and fashionable.
Wide Cuffs & Gladiator Sandals
Shifting from clothing to accessories and shoe wear, wide cuffs and gladiator sandals are another all-time fashion trend. The cuffs were initially inspired by ancient Egyptian rulers (Cleopatra, particularly), while the sandals imitate those of Rome’s famous gladiator fighters. Such historical significance practically dictated their fashion success, but it was due to the designers’ unique additions and variations that turned them into a true trend.
Blue Jeans & White T-Shirt
This trend is self-explanatory at the least, but still deserves an honorable mention. It is dominant in casual dress styles, but its immense influence has enabled it to transcend into high-fashion attire.
Skinny jeans, leggings and blazers have replaced denim jackets, polo necks and thick black tights as wardrobe staples over the last 25 years, a study has revealed.
From leather leggings to denim hot pants, trends come and go as fashion evolves every season.
But it seems that some trends are here to stay.
Nude tights, ballet pumps, a maxi dress and a black or nude clutch bag are also among the modern must-haves every women should own.
But while they might have been staple items in the 1980s, straight-leg jeans and simply knee length skirts are no longer considered as classic clothes.
It wasn’t all change though, as black trousers, cardigans, a simple white blouse or shirt and the little black dress have remained constant must-haves through the decades.
Skinny jeans have replaced thick black tights as wardrobe staples over the last 25 years
Black or brown boots, black court shoes, a pencil skirt and a smart black coat have also stood the test of time and are still considered staple items.
A spokesman for F&F at Tesco in UK, which commissioned the research said: “Everyone has a section of their wardrobe which is reserved for staple items.
“And while many have remained the same, there are some that have changed as the trends and fashion has evolved over the past twenty years or so.
“Good-quality staple items can really help to save costs when it comes to a new season or trend.
“If you’ve got a few trusty items of clothing that you can rely on, all you need is one or two pieces from a new trend and you have an up-to-date and fashionable outfit for a fraction of the cost.
“So it’s worth making sure the staple items you do buy are good quality so you can be sure they will stand the test of time for years to come.”
The study found that 81% make sure their wardrobe is always full of staple or classic items, with another 83% believing there are items that every woman should own.
And the average woman estimates that almost half of their closet is taken up with classic clothes which they can wear year after year – compared to just a quarter which is reserved for trend items each season.
Almost three quarters of the women polled also said they are happy to splash more money than usual on staple items knowing they will get plenty of wear from it.
A third of women even own items of clothing that has been such a wardrobe staple, it has been passed on to them from older friends and relatives.
More than one in ten even have some timeless clothes which they have been wearing for 20 years or more now.
Researchers also found that 57% of people say the majority of the staple items in their wardrobe is black, followed by beige, brown, white and grey.
According to the study, in an average month, women spend £22.01 ($34.55) adding to their staple items, with quality and the look or appearance the most important factors when shopping for wardrobe essentials.
But the study found that it’s not all about staple items with 46% of women saying they like to go shopping and stock up on some fashion items to complement their basics.
Seventy-seven per cent even admitted they have kept certain items of clothing in the hope they will someday become trendy and fashionable again.
A spokesman for F&F at Tesco, added: “The secret to a good wardrobe is mixing your staple items with a few key fashion pieces each season.
“Buying good quality staple items alongside some more trendy, one-off clothes means you get to keep up with the latest fashion, without breaking the bank.”
Coco Chanel was famously credited with inventing the little black dress, but she is also responsible for another wardrobe staple – the little black jacket.
Hip-length and boxy in style, the Chanel LBJ was originally launched in 1954 when it was radically different from the nipped-in shape of the Dior jackets popular at the time.
Chanel’s woman was modern and emancipated and the style reflected this.
Her versatile tweed, braid-trimmed, silk-lined jacket sat just-so on the body, the bottom hem weighed down with a thin brass chain.
Variations on the same design are shown each season and sell for thousands – couture versions are still made at the fashion house’s atelier on Paris’ Rue Cambon.
This month, the jacket is the subject of an exhibition which will run at London’s Saatchi Gallery (October 12-28) and includes 113 photographs of celebrities such as Alexa Chung, taken by Chanel’s creative director, Karl Lagerfeld.
“The jacket I photographed is the most classic one,” Karl Lagerfeld explains.
“The closest to the original one Mademoiselle Chanel created.”
The Chanel LBJ was originally launched in 1954
THE LITTLE BLACK JACKET EXHIBITION
Saatchi Gallery is opening its doors to Chanel’s photographic exhibition dedicated to Karl Lagerfeld’s latest book, The Little Black Jacket.
Opening in October, and following the lead of Tokyo, New York, Taipei and Hong Kong, this exhibition underlines the brand’s values of creativity, modernity and excellence.
Featuring 113 iconic photographs of Karl Lagerfeld, modelled on a range of friends and models of the brand, each photo is unique.
From Lily Allen donning a cape to a draped look on model Stella Tennant, or even transformed into a vest on model Edie Campbell, each photo reflects the individual style of each woman.
The Little Black Jacket: CHANEL’s classic revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld will be available worldwide in bookshops this autumn.
The exhibition will be open to the public from Friday 12th October to Sunday 28th October 2012.