Why, in a climate of such speed and reactivity, so rooted in the present and in search of the next thing, does it seem like so many trends are looking backwards? See Saint Laurent’s mining of musical subgenres, from last season’s eighties punk to Spring 15’s foray into sixties psych rock. Or Phoebe Philo, Claire Waight Keller, and Stella McCartney’s recontextualizations of the seventies, maybe paired with one of the the crop tops, shower slides, or tracksuit pants of the revamped nineties. Why do we keep coming back to signifiers of the past?
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