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Monday, August 26, 2013

Designer Stephen Sprouse did camouflage-print designs based on screenprints by Andy Warhol in 1987 and 1988. Sprouse was famous for his use of Day-Glo colors, so if I were going to get a vintage Sprouse camo print, I’d probably go for something like this skirt.


Approx. $1,000. Click to purchase.

But, last week, this ’80s Sprouse on 1stdibs.com caught my eye.


$1,200. Click to purchase.

UPDATED TO ADD: Gorgeous blogger Gabriala of Style Higher has her own Fashion Repeats Itself moment here.

Why? Because Rihanna’s new River Island collection features monochrome camo.


Click for Rihanna’s collection on River Island.

Recently, fashion historian Valerie Steele mentioned to me that camo has been in and out of style since the 1960s, so it’s entertaining but not unexpected to see a similar colorway crop up again. I was much more surprised to discover these circa-1940 shoes. (They’re in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Collection but came to my attention via the blog OMG That Dress!)


Click for more information on these shoes.

Don’t they remind you of the backwards heels shown by Marc Jacobs in 2008?


Click for photo source.

The more things change, the more they stay the same!

UPDATED TO ADD: Gorgeous blogger Gabriala of Style Higher is having her own Fashion Repeats itself moment here.

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10 Responses to “Fashion Repeats Itself: Black & White Camo, Backwards Heels”

  1. mystyle says:

    Hi my dear! Love the monochrome camo, the 1st Stephen Sprouse colourway is fab too xx

  2. Gabriala says:

    Indeed, the wisest man who ever lived said “There is nothing new under the sun”, (and that was thousands of years ago). 🙂

    • WendyB says:

      It’s funny that it’s impossible to trace that saying back to the first time it was said — it’s like the human race was born jaded!

  3. I love the monochrome camo tank! Camo is fab when its dolled up & it’s one thing I am glad is coming back! As long as its not painted on a truck!

    & those red heels are amazing! Yummy Suede!

  4. This post just reminded me of something that at the time we thought was hysterical (okay still pretty funny), there was a Stephen Sprouse campaign of Motorhead wearing Sprouse! XXX