Fashion moves fast in 2016. We understand that in order to keep up with the times one must always be thinking and moving forward. Progressive, you might say. However, we think it’s equally important to be analytical about the past in order to understand the present; after all, trends are cyclical, right? Whether it’s educating yourself on the history behind current staples like the trench coat (ahem, Burberry) or keeping an extensive log of iconic films that continue to influence designers, it’s all about the backstory.
To help prove our point, we picked out a few of our favorite style icons and researched their past looks to uncover trends that are relevant for the F/W 16 season. As expected, we found plenty. Thankfully, the contemporary interpretations of these trends aren’t identical to their erstwhile counterparts, rather they're an extension that we now see is rooted in historical significance. And on the more surface level? They’re simply inspiring ways to wear a few fun trends! Scroll down to see and shop our picks.
Furry bags were spotted all over F/W 16 catwalks, like Christopher Kane (above), Fendi, and Alexander Wang. This playful purse is a quick way to add a tactile element to your look.
Socialite Edie Sedgwick paired her furry friend with a pair of jumbo chandelier earrings and a glittery dress.
Say hello to our little pink poof.
For fall, designers adorned their bags with edgy guitar straps, including Burberry's Christopher Bailey.
If we've learned anything about Bianca Jagger's style, it's that she knows how to rock a white blazer. But she also happens to be skilled at the art of accessorizing, as witnessed above.
Enliven an old bag with two quick clicks.
Labels got lacquered this season, with shiny things across the spectrum, including this cherry red patent leather coat from Isabel Marant.
Want to pull off patent leather like Brigitte Bardot? Pair yours with a newsboy cap and thigh-high boots, of course.
Contrast a bold patent leather piece with simple separates, such as a crisp white button-down.
Demna Gvasalia's first collection for Balenciaga introduced a plethora of artfully tailored menswear-inspired suiting separates, including this gorgeous look above.
It really doesn't get much more chic than Françoise Hardy; this menswear-inspired ensemble is no exception.
Animal prints always make a splash for fall, this time around we're seeing zebra on everything from coats to these flamboyant Gucci heels.
Even if you're a minimalist at heart like Jane Birkin, a zesty statement coat like the one above can be fun to rotate into your look from time to time.