Fashion products come and go. What is ‘in’ today might be ‘out’ in fashion next year. But true fashion products always stay relevant in every decade. Why I call them ‘fashion product’ is because the majority of these clothing pieces are sold under the labels or custom patches of a fashion brand.
Whether it is the little black dress of Chanel, the trench coat of Burberry or the aviators of Ray-Ban, the most iconic fashion products are known by their brand name.
So if you are a fashion buff who values classic fashion products, we bring here a list of some of the iconic fashion products that never fades.
1.Little Black Dress (LBD)
Coco Chanel designed LBD in 1920s to give a more affordable outfit to the ladies who can wear it over plenty of clothing pieces. LBD got attention of the fashion critics when Vogue published the sketch of the dress in the October, 1926 issue of the magazine.
The dress was praised by the fashion critics who dubbed it a bold move by the Chanel since black was considered a taboo in the fashion world. It got worldwide recognition when Audrey Hepburn donned the dress in ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ and made the ladies fall in love with the dress.
With the arrival of LBD, the black color became synonymous with supremacy, opulence and class, while the LBD has remained a staple piece of clothing in every women’s closet. It is still worn by women of all age and body type.
Burberry made the first trench coat after it invented the gabardine fabric in 1879. Trench coat is a piece of outerwear that is worn by both men and women during the chilly cold winter. The coat has many buttons on the front and straps on the wrist and shoulder to secure the body from snow and rainwater.
Trench coat was first adopted by the army men during the World War I to keep the British army protected from the harsh weather. Afterwards, it got a huge popularity among the people when Burberry modified its design for the masses.
Trench coat has continued to be the best-selling product under the label of Burberry and it is an essential item in the wardrobe of every fashion geek.
Rolex Submariner was introduced in 1953 as a sports watch for swimmers and underwater divers to keep track of the time. The aesthetic design and functionality of this watch made it a household name. Rolex Submariner gained phenomenal popularity during the 1980s when mechanical watch became a symbol of style.
It was donned by the bigwigs of Hollywood in the famous movies. Sean Connery wore it in the James Bond series of films. George Lazenby sported a Rolex Submariner in his movie ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’ and Roger Moore wore it in ‘Live and Let Die’. The sleek design, superb finish and incredible functionality make this watch a desirable fashion accessory for every man.
Fedora has a long history in the fashion world. The first historical reference of fedora can be dated back to 1882 when French doyennes Sarah Bernhardt donned it in her play ‘Fédora’ and hence it got the name. However, it was Prince Edward who popularized the hat in 1924 and it became a fashion symbol after that.
The popularity of Fedora waned during the late 1950s when people started wearing more casual clothing and fedora didn’t fit the style of that time. But the hiatus was shot-lived and the American footballer and coach Tom Landry made it popular again when he was seen wearing fedora during his tenure as coach of Dallas Cowboys.
Fedora made strong resurgence in the fashion world in 1981 when Harrison Ford wore it in the first installment of Indiana Jones franchise. Fedora has remained a fashionable piece of clothing throughout these years and it still enjoys the status of class among the men and women.
Just as the trench coat is an iconic product of Burberry, baguette is the bag that is sold under the label of Fendi. Baguette gave women a more stylish and convenient way to carry a handbag. Just when Fendi launched baguette in 1997, women were carrying it all over. Unlike the clunky handbags of that time, Fendi gave them a smaller bag that has a short strap which women can easily hang in their hands.
Baguette rose to even higher popularity after Sarah Jessica Parker flaunted it in the TV series ‘Sex And the City.’ The bag was instrumental in bringing out the character of Carrie Bradshah and made it a role of her lifetime.
Leather jackets are the most common types of jackets you can find in countries where chilly weather is a perennial thing. The only difference is the design and construction of the jacket. Some wear it with buttons, while some wear it with a zipper. Some like the classy plain design, while some love the biker jackets that has structured shoulders and has custom back patches.
Regardless of its design, a leather jacket is a chic piece of clothing that adds an element of toughness to your style. Leather jackets are in fad nowadays and fashion celebrities like Rihanna and Gigi Hadid are all set to make it the biggest trend of the year.
Ray-Ban aviators became popular after the American general started wearing them during the World War II. However, the invention of Ray-Ban Aviators has a backstory.
Ray-Ban aviators were developed by Bausch & Lomb (parent company of Ray-Ban at that time) in 1936. The glasses were made after the company collaborated with American army to design a new kind of glasses that could minimize the optical illusion that air force pilots would suffer during the flights.
This led to the invention of Ray-Ban Aviators which reduced the hues of sky on the eyes and made it possible for the pilots to see clearly during the flight. It was after Arthur Douglas was photographed in Philippines wearing the aviators that the glasses came into the limelight.
The popularity of aviators led Bausch & Lomb to launch Ray-Ban which began the production of aviators for the masses. Since then, the glasses have enjoyed a worldwide popularity and have featured in many famous films where Hollywood stars like Tom Cruise, Sylvester Stallone and Dolph Lundgren are seen wearing the aviators.
Fashion products are always fascinating to the style lovers. These are some of the best fashion products you can add in your closet to express your style statement this year.