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Nothing, and we mean nothing is as classic as the Fresh Prince of Bel Air; not even Clueless. Anybody who grew up in Brooklyn in the 90’s knows the Fresh Prince, was the Freshest for a reason: killer kicks, classic prints, and a style that comes through as, not only incredible, but relevant today. It was look inspired by Hip-Hop, surf-wear, west coast preppy, and Op art.
We at L Train Vintage are incredibly inspired by the art direction and stylist for this show. Thanks to the creative crew and the awesome actors they supported, we have received some of the greatest and most classic looks of the 90’s.
Strolling through the internet we stumbled upon this awesome bit of vintage footage from the 90’s, the vid gave us a perspective on the vintage, thrift, retro, and upcycled fashion that inspired many of the prints, styles, designers, and models of the 1990’s. From London to New York City “Thrift all the way…”. Plus who would’ve thought Naomi Campbell was all about the thrift?
First things first: “You can’t wear only designer clothes, you look very odd, it doesn’t feel natural, you have throw in something that you decide.”- Stella Tennant the 1990’s face of Channel
You’ve got to know how to shop girls!” Gramma Funk
“Thrift all the way as they say in New York.” – Lucinda Alford
Their’s a certain amount of… well known designers that plunder thrift-shops for inspiration.” Jon Savage
Check out the KinoLibrary on Youtube for more archival 90s footage.
-L Train Vintage: Vintage + Upcycled Clothing and Footwear, Brooklyn, New York
We here at L train Vintage love Carl Sagan’s Cosmos from back in the 80’s; while we did not grow up on it, we certainly watched it, almost religiously on Netflix, much to St. Carl’s of the Vernacular Sciences probable dismay. If there is one thing Carl Sagan taught us it is that the most mind blowing facts, dare I say the most psychedelic facts, about life can be found in the world of the sciences. So that we here at L Train Vintage, redefine Psychedelia is anything that helps us experience something that transcend time and space, giving us a larger view of life.
What better way to celebrate those cosmic facts of life, those ideas that seem to transcend individual human experience, then with the mind-blowing psychedelic fashions and experiences of music festivals and the love of all things tie dyed.
We at L Train Vintage take our fashion inspiration from false color and true color pictures of the Universe created by the NASA space program during the 60’s, 70’s + 80’s. Along with some copious amounts of inspiration from hallucinogenic explorers of the 1960’s and 70’s inspired by the space race and psychedelia and the inspiring Technicolor sci-fi of the late 60’s.
Most of all, we take away massive inspiration from now, our computer generated present. We love the way our current customers recombine all these items into something new and daring. Taking the spirit of the past and the longing for a better future to make a new fashion statement.
Tie dye is even making a comeback outside the artistic and industrial bohemia and into the high fashion world of Marc Jacobs, Fausto Puglisi, and Burberry Prorsum’s. Its true one of our favorite, and your favorite, item this summer at L train vintage has been our collection of tied dyed T’s. Their is something cosmic, futuristic, yet exotically tropical about these pieces. Something that reminds us of the mysteries of the psychedelic initiation rituals of the Ancient people of Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Not only that but the over saturation of tie dye colors belie the pixilated madness of animated gifs in the visual liberation, found mostly on the free art gallery of the world, the internet.
The tied dyed t-shirt points to the past, to the cosmos, and to the future. We’re more than happy to be able to provide our customers with these items, items that we’ve come to love and cherish through our experiences at concert festivals and street fashion all around our great Gotham .
Remember: “WE ARE All MADE OF STAR STUFF.” Carl Sagan
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