The return of vintage

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LEO BALANTE

Produced and styled by Leo Balante
Photographed by Advan Ramirez at DHQ Productions
Makeup by Jopie Sanchez
Model Miguel Lasala at PMAP

For his first issue as newly-minted British Vogue editor, Edward Enninful received praise for a refreshing perspective showcased on his premiere cover as captain of the renowned “fashion bible” (as Enninful writes himself on his first editor’s note). The cover, shot by his constant artistic collaborator, Steven Meisel, featured model-activist, Adwoa Aboah along with what appeared to be an interesting mix of names that celebrated diversity in its cover lines.

In different levels, many have seen how this masterful move by Enninful has made a statement: an insightful promotion of an “outlook that is pleasingly global” and a return to the classics. Evidently, the image of Aboah, in a brooch-embellished Marc Jacobs Spring 2018 turban, is reminiscent of a Vogue cover in the 1960s.

In a social media post, fashion powerhouse, Versace snapped an image of Lady Gaga wearing a pink Spring-Summer 2018 classic logo tee—a trend that didn’t go unnoticed in other brands, including some homegrown retailers.


For one, in its recent announcement, local apparel brand Penshoppe has unveiled a welcome addition to its ever-growing roster of international brand ambassadors, Korean heartthrob Nam Joo Hyuk. With the model-turned-KDrama superstar’s entry, the brand showed key pieces that are heavily inspired by trends from a bygone era.

Nam Joo Hyuk (as seen on page D1) ushers in the brand’s Holiday collection, which is a nod to athleisure and retro-inspired fashion, harking back to 80’s and 90’s style. As such, Penshoppe highlights classic pullovers, logo tees, track pants, hoodies, and sports jackets in its fashion suggestions.

The same goes for Folded & Hung, while making noise with the announcement of its power couple endorsers, James Reid and Nadine Lustre, the brand showcased a new collection that points to ‘70s party wear. The brand’s Holiday collection references the rich party aesthetic and trends that are inherently seventies from glam metallics, plaids and checks, silks, florals, retro stripes and velvets.

Vest, plaid shirt, and corduroy pants, Regiment Store. Shoes, Warehouse at Regiment.

With all of these “evidences” in play, one thing is for sure, vintage fashion is getting a major resurgence. Fashion, as we know it, is cyclical. Contrary to popular belief, trends do not just come and go. Instead, they take some time off before they get the go signal to reemerge and be resuscitated by a different generation.

Fashion racks of late have seen so many nuances that hark back to staples enjoyed decades ago. From Gucci’s fine embroidery in different pieces like bags, coats, dresses, and even shoes, to robes replacing the trench coat and down to the buttoned-up denim, flares, and the ‘70s plaid. We have seen how influences of years past have slowly made its way in the stores of today. Tops and bottoms in different silhouettes, pops of color, and old-school graphics, patterns, and even materials have reemerged only to be enjoyed by today’s consumers.

For menswear, the return to vintage fashion is largely grounded on utility. Anton Miranda of multi-brand clothing store, Regiment, says, “Vintage clothing has always served as the basis for contemporary garments so it is not surprising that we’re really just going back the roots.”

He continues, “That, along with the fact that vintage clothing, especially in menswear, was made with practicality and a specific purpose in mind, not just for fashion/trend’s sake. We’re going back to a time of quality and convenience, how things were done in the good ol’ days.”

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