As much as we love the latest fashion styles here at Set That, we have our loyalty etched on timeless pieces too. Who wouldn’t fall for pieces that stand the test of time? Styles never age and they never lose their value. They keep getting better and better amidst the ebb and flow of frivolous and short term trends.
Little Black Dress
So many attempts have been made to de-throne the LBD. Yet still it reigns supreme amongst all the little dresses of the colour spectrum. The iconic fashion piece was first introduced by Coco Chanel and Jean Patou in the 1920s. Designed to be versatile with an affordable price tag, the LBD was intended to attract a wide range of clientele. Several years after, those two visionaries not only succeeded in creating a piece that suits different body types but that also transcends time and has embedded itself in our popular culture. A Dorothy Perkins version with necklace trim would make you feel like Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
The most famous trench coat immortalized in our memory is Burberry’s khaki version. The British brand first designed the infamous coat for the army officers’ protection against the rain in 1901. The coat was later used in the trenches during the war. Post war and today, the trench coat has become one of the favourite fashion staples in both its classic form, and modern interpretations such as Daks’s camel SS 2014 version in leather or the more feminine silhouette of Y.A.S. drape trench.
Long before its ritzy appearance in the Sports Luxe’s trend, the bomber jacket had been making a name as a tough man’s uniform. The jacket was part of the bomber pilot’s ensemble during the Second World War, hence the name. Years after, the leather jacket became stereotyped as the uniform for those bad boy roles in films like Grease, Rebel Without a Cause and Fight Club. It continues to play hardcore in the hands of new generation talents such as Charlotte Gainsbourg.
In the early 20th century to the 1960s, real leopard skin was used to create luxurious coats and accessories. With the growing extinction of the wild animals, the use of authentic skin was stopped. The appearance of the ferocious prints in different materials, however, continued to symbolize femininity and sensuality. For Fall-Winter 2014/2015 the prints will roar in more graphic or magnified designs as found in Celine, Gucci and Sportmax.
Many brands and styles have emerged since the invention of jeans by Levi Strauss and his partner Jacob Davis in 1873. It was the Levi’s 501 jeans model however which took off as an iconic piece. Worn by farmers, rockstars, and presidents, the 501 proved to be a revolutionary piece of clothing crossing social and even cultural boundaries. Today, the 501 jeans have evolved with the times introducing modern colours such as chalk blue and ivy green, and incorporating bigger pockets to fit the latest gadgets.
Of all the fashion pieces, diamond jewellery holds the greatest power in timelessness. As De Beers stresses, ”A Diamond is Forever”. In the 1930s, a diamond ring started carving its reputation as the standard for engagement rings. Its symbolism for eternity rings true until this very day with a price tag that gets even more precious with time.