Fashionistas turn to retro fashions

Before you start the New Year with a wardrobe clear-out, you might want to check fashion magazines and photographs for the latest trend; one that could give your old clothes a new lease of life. Whereas most new seasons like to create whole new look, this spring is set to be about mixing the old and new; imagine a retro dress teamed with a modern jacket or the latest designer shoes worn with a classic pair of jeans.

And for once it isn’t the catwalk which is leading the way in the fashion stakes. Celebrities from the world of music, films and even Bollywood are embracing the idea of giving their old styles a brand new look as 2012 gets off to a flying fashion start.

If you want to try and create the look yourself, get searching through the dark and forgotten corners of your wardrobe for those retro fashions that you couldn’t bear to throw once they went out of style. Chances are they can now be allowed back into the light of day – so long as you pick just the right current piece to compliment them.

Fashionistas only need to look at the cover of the latest issue of Paris Vogue to see this style taken to extreme, with supermodel Kate Moss recreating the classic look from David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust era, complete with dyed hair and dramatic eye make-up. Photographed by Marcus Piggott and Mert Alas, the Moss version is most definitely not a carbon copy, but a modern take on an iconic look; the very definition of this year’s fashion trend.

If wearing retro clothes isn’t your thing, you can always simply enjoy looking at different styles from throughout the decades instead, with the launch of a new app for iPhones featuring catwalk and magazine photos from Valentino Garavani’s near fifty-year career in the fashion industry.