The late Pierre Cardin may have been fashion's original futurist, but today's designers are still craving escapism that only an idealistic future can provide.
This is what we, in the fashion industry, refer to as a "lewk."
Few trends have as long a shelf life as mod, though it could be because this '60s trend is the style that never actually goes out of style. In 1995, Marc Jacobs told Vogue that the sixties was the most "modern period in fashion," and that "if I saw those clothes walking down the street today, I would say they looked modern, experimental and classic." This was, of course, during a time when mod was having yet another resurgence, but the point remains. A shift dress never seems to go the way of the Dodo. The '60s youthquake hit fall collections like Prada, Burberry Prorsum, Alberta Ferretti, and Jil Sander, showing clean lines, bright colors and the occasional crazy headgear. Fashion editors are translating them to magazine pages at an alarming rate, and we can't get enough of it. Last fall saw a focus on the 50s bombshell, while the present takes inspiration from Twiggy. Is the 70s set for next year? Time will tell on that one, but for now click through to take a look at some of the standout mod editorials for fall.
We were sad to see Brooklyn-based fashion brand Octopi say goodbye last year, but luckily for us co-designer Sarah Welsh Elliott has been plenty busy since she and Madeline Davy closed up shop. Her new project? Welsh Elliott Modernism, an e-commerce site stocked with vintage jewelry carefully selected by the designer. Octopi had its own range of graphic, modern jewelry, so it's no surprise Welsh Elliott's eye is so sharp. Here, you'll find Robert Lee Morris, Givenchy, and Pierre Cardin, as well as collectable mid-century Scandinavian and Mexican artists.