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You tell us: What fashion decade do you want brought back?

May 7, 2010 |  3:55 pm

Jean paul gaultier spring 2010
Fashion, by its nature, can be repetitive as designers continue to gain inspiration from -- and put new spins on -- styles and stories of decades past. Just look at our spring fashion feature from a few weeks ago, in which stylist Melissa Magsaysay referenced screen legends Jean Harlow and Marlene Dietrich and Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks when talking about the hot "new" spring trends lingerie as outerwear, military styles and '70s-inspired Bohemian, respectively. And blame it on the retro glamor of '60s-era drama "Mad Men," but there were certainly a lot of dresses befitting Samantha of "Bewitched" on the spring runways.

Fashion, of course, is also subjective. Despite years of being mocked as an era that fashion forgot, the '80s rose up like hairsprayed bangs on the Autumn / Winter 2009-10 runways. Last week, when we linked to the Daily Beast's article about designers seemingly cozying up to 1990s grunge fashions as if they found a long-lost flannel in our morning fashion news roundup, a commenter on our Facebook page lamented "Ohh please say it isn't so..." Even the great Blair Waldorf threw some hate at clogs (shoes, I should note, that both my mother and I wore during our respective teen years and which seem to also be back), saying in a recent "Gossip Girl" episode the platform heels were silly and outdated. 

So, we're curious: What fashion era would you want brought back and why? How would you modernize the look for today's fashionistas?

-- Whitney Friedlander

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Photo: Jean Paul Gaultier's Spring / Summer 2010 runway show. Credit: Peter Stigter and Jonas Gustavsson / For The Times