Ivana Trump once said that if she wore her gala gowns more than twice in New York, Women's Wear Daily would declare that she recycles her clothes.
Well, WWD is obviously not as hard on the designers who make these clothes. Basic designs are often resurrected, reshaped and reworked, then remanufactured under that age-old guise: the "classic" look. This season, Adrienne Vittadini has brought back the geometric dress of 1965. Charlotte Neuville has made more little "Twiggy" sheaths and mod pleated miniskirts than there were in the pages of Vogue in 1966 -- the year it was declared, "Legs are it!" And several designers -- including Marc Jacobs at Perry Ellis, Michael Kors, Vittadini, Neuville, Oscar de la Renta and Bill Blass -- have reopened the closet of the 1960s' first trendsetter, Jacqueline Kennedy.
When Kennedy was First Lady, she was truly a fashion dictator. Now, 30 years later, women can still rattle off which dress she wore to which event: the off-the-shoulder gown to the Greek dinner, the shimmering, tied-at-the-waist sheath at the 1961 Vienna Summit with Khrushchev, the white peau de soie tunic dress at the Canadian dinner, the yellow daytime suit for the christening of the USS Lafayette submarine.
The Jackie Look, primarily created by New York designer Oleg Cassini, was The Only Look. She had women all over the world wearing short boxy jackets with three-quarter-length sleeves and big buttons, sleeveless dresses with high necklines, empire waistlines, swing coats and white gloves.
White gloves are again becoming an acceptable fashionable accessory: on Jackie Kennedy when the statue of the late John F. Kennedy was unveiled in Boston this May, and on actress Julia Roberts in several scenes in the popular film "Pretty Woman," for example. And the classic leather handbags, as opposed to shoulder-strap purses, are filling store windows. Even fluffy, set-and-tease hairdos and swishy, angled blunt cuts are back.
It could finally be time to dust off those pillbox hats.