Every decade in the 1900s had a trademark fashion style. The 20s had the flapper-like straight-cut loose dresses and England had the greatest influence on American menswear with button-down shirts, regimental ties, and colorful argyle socks. The 50s had the high-waisted pencil and poodle skirts for women, while conservatism and conformity ruled the menswear department with the Ivy League look, which mostly consisted of trim tailoring and similar accessories for everyone. In the 80s, things got a little more serious for women and men with the power suit with padded shoulders and straight jacket cut for one and the broad shoulders framing power ties and suspenders for the other.
But when looking at the 2010s, it is more difficult to pinpoint a trademark. We live in an age where there is a little bit of everything for everyone. Has everything been done and revisited? Well, not really. If there is one trend that hasn’t been revisited, it’s Victorian fashion. As much as we’ve seen one piece here and there on a few fashion runways, never have we seen such a predominant trend. This antique look, synonymous with romance and innocence, made a strong comeback last fall, but one thing cut it short: it was hard to wear during the colder days.
“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion had to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” – Coco Chanel
This season, the sheer dresses that float, the ruffled blouses and the lace incorporated into dresses and tops will definitely be predominant. Though the times of seeing men rock Victorian fashion menswear might never come back – and we’re thankful for it -, this season, romance is easily portrayed with whites. The denim, the chino, the vintage cricket, and the oversize shirt were all spotted in white on S/S major menswear runway shows. Men also borrow the lace from the women and use them as button-down shirts and jackets. But will they really rock them in the streets?
One thing is for sure, the textures are mixed – as expert Sydney Sua explained very clearly to our journalist Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph in another article (read it)- and this romantic look can be easily incorporated, as you will see on MadlyJuicy in the upcoming weeks.
It is difficult to say if the Victorian fashion is here to stay for the last four years of the 2010s as versatility and comfort have been a predominant part of our culture for the last six years, but we do love that this trend is one of the most dominant this season.
Photographer Julie Soto
Creative Director & Stylist Erika Peter
Make-up artist Micaela Alleyne
Hairstylist Geneviève Moreau