Everyone loves a throwback. You only need to browse Instagram’s #TBT and #FBF hashtags, with a combined number of 530 million posts, to see that.
With sustainability on the fashion industry’s brain too, and everyone growing increasingly conscious of their carbon footprint, sartorial fans are increasingly everyone turning to throwback, vintage styles rather running straight to Zara.
Bella Hadid is among the growing number of vintage fashion fans, along with sister Gigi, FKA Twigs, Rowan Blanchard, and the Kardashian-Jenner clan, who have all been seen in one particular piece, sourced by Los Angeles-based reseller Johnny Valencia (the man behind @pechuga_vintage, and Steven Phillip, the founder of Rellik, in London).
Portrait Mode with @fkatwigs. The images I needed to see to start my February right. Twigs’ wears her own Vivienne Westwood Boucher Corset from AW90/91, “Portrait” collection, and is styled by @matthew_josephs. Pechuga currently has this corset in the sleeveless version available for pulls & general admiration. 🖼👩🏽🎨🐥#pechugavintage
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They’ve been wearing various styles of a corset by British designer and original punk, Vivienne Westwood, which was first seen on the runway in 1987 and makes a nod to the 18th century.
Today, thanks to the new wave of high profile fans, Westwood has brought it back for a new generation to buy.
@rowanblanchard this past week during NYFW wearing a Vivienne Westwood archival corset from AW1990/91 “Portrait Collection”. Perhaps many of you are aware this is one of Pechuga’s most treasured pieces & I can’t think of a more wonderful person to be seen wearing it, thank you, Rowan! And thanks @chrishoran20 for making it all happen. #pechugavintage ❤️✌🏽🤠
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Conscious of the environment, Westwood has reissued the classic style as a limited edition ‘for the woman who wants to buy less, choose well, and make it last'.
The style beloved by the Haddis and co, featuring a ‘Daphnis and Chloe’ print by 18th century painter François Boucher, is a rare one-off, originally made for Westwood’s autumn/winter 1990 ‘Portrait’ collection.
However, you can still recreate their look with the reissued take, which now comes in red, black, and white.
The corset doesn’t come cheap at £1,045, and you can only get it in Vivienne Westwood stores in London, New York, Milan, Paris, and LA.
That said, it's worth noting that the corset emerged as spring/summer 2020’s unlikeliest trend, so you’ll no doubt see more affordable options, to love for years to come, on the high street from March.
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