By Allison Pavlick
If the characters of Downton Abbey attended Ralph Lauren’s fall runway show, they might have mistook the collection for fall 1912, not 2012. Sure, Lord Grantham and Lady Mary might have been taken aback by a few plummeting necklines and the gadgets on the laps of fashion voyeurs. But with the show’s theme music looming overhead, the trail of tailored jackets, brimmed hats, and jodhpurs would easily make the characters feel at home in the 21st century.
Recently there’s been no shortage of onscreen inspiration in the fashion world. Following in the footsteps of Sex and the City and Gossip Girl, TV Shows are adding clothes to their cast of characters, and designers are taking note. As today’s hottest TV fixtures go back in time, designers are injecting their creations with old-time charm.
For proof that turning back the clock can be incredibly fashion forward, look no further than the HBO’s prohibition drama Boardwalk Empire and AMC’s Mad Men. The return of the latter show in March signals the revival of ’60s fashion in retailers. Banana Republic, which capitalized on the style frenzy with its Mad Men collection last August, is unveiling a second line March 1. No doubt we’ll be seeing a lot more high-waisted skirts and a-line dresses there and elsewhere.
Thanks to these stylish TV hits, staying up to date on trends requires more than referencing the runway; fashion fanatics must follow onscreen trendsetters as well. As if we needed another reason to tune in.
For the real deal in retrospective pieces, check out one of the following Twin Cities vintage stores:
Lula: 1587 Selby Ave., St. Paul, 651-644-4110, Lula’s Facebook Page
Circa Vintage: 236 Minnetonka Ave. S., Wayzata, 952-583-2389, circavintage.org
Via’s Vintage: 2408 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls., 612-374-3649, viasvintage.com
Go Vintage: 1560 Selby Ave., St. Paul, 651-646-4455, govintageshop.com