It’s pretty easy to look at a brand-new collection with an eye for nostalgia: In the last 12 months alone, we’ve seen Versace’s spring 2018 tribute to founder Gianni, Tommy x Gigi’s logo-heavy (and highly self-referential) final collaboration, Raf Simons’ revival of that iconic Brooke Shields photo for Calvin Klein Jeans…. People are even shopping for shell suits in the year 2018. If you’re to pinpoint a particular moment in the not-so-distant past that is really, truly alive and relevant in the trend cycle, you can hop in the Wayback Machine to 1998, when the dresses were cowl-necked and slinky, the sandals were strappy, and the sunglasses were small and symmetrical. Dig a little deeper, and you’ll see tiny handbags, feather-trim LBDs, and other Instagram-favorite trends of the summer also made appearances on the likes of Kate Moss, J.Lo, and even Oprah. Certain celebrity photos from a decade ago feel like they could appear on your feed today (and not as a cheeky #TBT).
Need proof? Check out nine key of-the-moment pieces that can actually be traced back to 1998—because fashion loves nothing more than a good nostalgia moment.
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