7 October 2009

"Let's kick, and push, and coast"

People often claim that nothing in fashion can truly be original, and yet my belief has always been that people would actually be dismissive of something that was truly original. We inherently seek the comfort of what we know, wherever that may be. Humans are creatures of habit, and we shall always go back to that to which we have previous, preferably good, associations. The rehashing of old trends and styles has always interested me, for when done with care, they are beautifully creative.

Whilst many may lament the '80s revival (myself included at times), with youngsters wearing acid wash and Wayfarers without realizing the connotations of such styles, I appreciate where the '80s has been done well, so to speak. The strong shoulders of Balmain, for example, may have had people worrying about a resurgence of ugly shoulder pads and ill fitting jackets, and yet to my eyes it was amazing because it was new. Strong shoulders may have been seen before, but not coupled with such a tailored fit to make a powerfully contrasting statement.

The '80s inspiration leads way to the revival, when suddenly trends are seen on the street that have been taken out of context, unlike the contemporary re-imaginings on the catwalk. That difference may seem petty to some, but I always feel that a style or trend when taken out of context risks the possibility of being misconstrued as costume rather than fashion.

(Apologies for the noisy quality of the photographs, I had to rely on poor indoor lighting towards the evening)

The reason I discuss this is that I have patiently been waiting for the inevitable '90s revival, the decade in which I grew up and have such fond memories of. The pace of the fashion cycle is ever increasing, to such an extent that Laver's Law was rapidly outdated soon after having been established. I look forward to seeing the styles reinterpreted in order to make them relevant to contemporary understanding, and yet at times I think of the iconic, not necessarily nice, trends which will inevitably return without modification and cringe.

My outfit yesterday was based around an image I always have in my mind of the '90s skater look. Although it has been far too long since I last ollie'd or kickflipped a board, I decided to revive my imagining of the look which has such a meaning to me. Yet the idea of baggy jeans and super chunky low cut skateboarding shoes did not really seem relevant. Rather I wanted to create an updated look that still evoked the memories I had, without being too literal in its interpretation.

I decided to wear my red plaid flannel shirt, which was actually mostly unbuttoned over a grey ribbed jersey vest. The weather has been rather wet and at times uncomfortably humid, and as such I wanted to have that loose layering through which the wind could blow. The fit of the shirt was a touch over-sized without being too baggy. In order to contrast with that fit, I decided to wear a pair of slim grey jeans.

As I have said, I did not want to go literally for the '90s skater look with baggy jeans, but rather wanted to keep it contemporary with just a little nod to my inspiration. The skater look, if there is even a defined look, has been updated over the years, and indeed it would seem that the slimmer profile has proliferated through all ranks and social circles. I tucked the jeans into a pair of hi-top skateboarding shoes, the artwork of which I thought complimented nicely with my shirt. As ever I chose also to compliment my outfit with the colour of my socks, which in this case were a pair of speckled red.

Currently playing: Bridging The Gap ft. Olu Dara - Nas

xxxx

56 comments:

  1. oh this is good

    my favourite thing about skateboarders is their long hair, like anything channeling the look Stacey Peralta... Dogtown and Z Boys is one of my favourite films like ever.

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  2. I think we're definitely due for a 90s revival-- although who knows how much longer we're going to be clinging to this 80s thing. Leggings or puffy shoulders (at least for womenswear)...

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  3. If anyone can "revive" a look and do it right, it's you, Dapper Kid. I have long admired your well-informed ability to lift pieces of this and that and create your own referenced originality.

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  4. I'd never heard of Laver's Law - what a hoot!

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  5. I love 90s fashion trends because I grew during that time as well. Love this post!

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  6. Loving the plaid shirt and shoes.

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  7. I LOVE your fashion posts! I love the 80's trends & those shoes are HOT! Oh and that watch is soooo gorgeous! Love it :D

    eeeeeee! lovely blog as always dear :)


    P.S. I'm so bummered the postcard never arrive *sheds tears :'(


    xoxo Jennifer.

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  8. I grew up in the 80's. I do love seeing certain things from that era come back again. There are other things I wish would never seen the light of day again. I do think your 90's look is very cool.

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  9. I agree that it is better to reference the past rather than to simply copy it!

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  10. i am utterly determined to learn to skate... i'm also terribly excited for the 90s resurgance which is raising its head. i can't wait to see how designers are going to reinvent... you're right about the need for fresh ideas rather than mindlessly re-wearing certain trends from and era. x

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  11. I LOVE the watch!!! And thanks I do feel better, just lacking in energy at the moment!

    Hope you have a wonderful day!!

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  12. While nothing may be truly original, I love to see everyone's take on the same genre...I think if we all laid out the same top, pants, shoes, accessories, people would still style/wear it differently. We all have an innate sense of style - we each express is differently...even someone who claims to have no sense of style - is a style on its own :)
    Love the pairings, DK!

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  13. Darling! I love this outfit. Perfect. And I love the eighties revival of shoulders at Balmain, definite fashion greatness =.]

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  14. Fabulous post my darling. I loved the 90's I must say, I loved the skater boys. STILL DO lol.

    I adore what you've paired it all with.

    I miss you! How have you been feeling!?!

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  15. Back from my break! It's so nice to read your blog again. I'd missed the blogging world.

    Great outfit! I always have a soft spot in my heart for plaid flannel...

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  16. It will be interesting to see if a 90s revival will come soon. I've been rocking the grunge look lately, with flannel and denim. Haha. Your 90s inspired outfit is awesome. I love that shirt and the watch is very cool.

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  17. You never cease to amaze me with your thoughtful outfit posts.

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  18. I love your shoes!!! They make that outfit. :) You look fab.

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  19. you did such a great job with it!...you kept it very current!

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  20. -Thank you so much dear !! =)
    Great, great post !! Very good writing , and awesome outfit- loove the watch ! I just got a yellow one myself :P

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  21. hahaha, I must admit that I am one of those young guns wearing acid wash and Wayfayers. The look is just... It has a grunge feel to it.

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  22. loveeeee the watch! and the shoes are awesome as well :)

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  23. I love the watch and the shirt! Oh and hey, if you're off to see ShowStudio and if it's only on the other side of your building and you study art hist....are you at the Courtauld? I remember using the library for my dissertation in 3rd year, it's great! Not to mention you guys have a pretty epic little art gallery!

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  24. Pulled off this look so so well !! Yeaa,the 80s 90s look are making their comeback and I love love it:)

    Adore your pants and those shoesss ! Really love the details and your plaid shirt tooo!

    Ohhh the watch is so adorable

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  25. i'm falling inlove with you shoes and watch!
    have a great day!

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  26. I think you did a great job modernizing the 90's skaters look, I especially love your watch! Wish we could have seen the entire outfit though:)

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  27. Oh, I loved the 90's fashion! Those Doc Martens with flowery flowing dresses---hats and well---just all so comfortable!

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  28. wow, i love your blog!
    and that watch is so cute! :D

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  29. 90s are coming... definitely coming :) and I am awaiting! I am not sure if 80s are my absolute favorite, but I do love wayfarers :P However,I think that leggings need to slowly disappear...

    Adore this post, beautifully written as always!

    P.S. I have moved to a new site and was wondering if you would please change my link on your blog roll to a new address: http://www.withlovegabrielle.com/blog/

    Thank you so much :)

    Have a lovely day!

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  30. gosh, your flannel is gorgeous. i'd wear it as a dress if you'd ever consider giving it away : )

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  31. a good outfit choice, great detail shots - i hate the dark nights for photographing!

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  32. I adore your shirt!
    I have got to say i'm the same the 90's is such a fashionable decade for me too!
    I wonder if it was because i was born in it and remember seeing people wear certain things and desperatly wanting to aswell but was far too young at the time, maybe it's like reliving a part of my youth or something,haha!
    Thanks so much for your support on my project too!

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  33. love ur stone trousers, d vans sure work well for a skater look :o]

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  34. flannel just doesn't go away...its so comfy.
    Don't forget the thermal long sleeve to wear under those T's when dreaded winter storms arrive.
    Thanks for the note.

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  35. I love this post!

    And your socks are cool :)

    -xtina
    www.thisisxtina.blogspot.com

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  36. My biggest memory of the '90s was quirky minamalist - all armani black and charcoal greys and DKNY tube dresses in ...black of course!! Love your take on them!

    I'm so with you on the '80s revival - I think Balmain is doing a stunning job especially with those shoulder pads! Of course nothing is exactly the same - as if we would accept the shoulder pads of the 80s!!!

    Great post DK.

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  37. I like that post. It is an update of the 80's, I don't think I want to the literally the 80's styles revisit.

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  38. Hey sweetie, thanks for the lovely comment you left on my blog :)

    I found myself nodding without realising as I read this post! I completely agree with everything you said! I'm in love with the 90s revival too, 'grunge' and dr martens :) but toned down and modernized a little from what it was back then.

    ♥ Hannah

    ((london--rose.blogspot.com))

    xx

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  39. amazing watch. i think your observation that humans are likely to dismiss something if it is truly original is extremely astute. there are millions of examples of exactly that throughout history.

    x

    www.tittees.blogspot.com

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  40. I am so glad I am not the only one who laments over the 80's revival - not a good look for me at all!

    I think they way you added key pieces is wonderful - I love them all...

    And I love you for your thoughtful words darling!

    XOXO
    Amy

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  41. Isn't the 90s revival already happening? Nice outfit! I think it's ok to not be exact revivals, it's really only supposed to be "inspired by".

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  42. long time no see you.. :) lovely post dear.
    xx

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  43. i agree with you, we do reject anything we dont know. we take comfort in the known and familiar.

    i love your watch!! how fab is it.
    xx
    marian

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  44. looking good! The shirt:::: I WANT IT! :) And Bo Diddley- mona... I like it! I always listen those songs that you listen while writing your posts :)
    xxx

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  45. I love those shoes. I really need a pair of nice sneakers <3

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  46. 90's revival! I'm with you! Can we play some fun 90's music in the background too?!

    Love the watch!

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  47. This is very true. Nothing is original but this is why history repeats itself.

    i love your watches (or is it the same one?)

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  48. I love mustard and I love her heels. So beautiful.

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  49. Much food for thought here. I agree that the 80s have been done very well, Balmain in particular with the strong shoulders and shredded jeans. Almost better than the original 80s! I did begin to wonder when the 90s would reappear and what the 90s consisted of, you've hit the nail on the head with skater boy. Kinda like Travis in Clueless...I would rather go down the Cher route though, Alaia dresses!

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