This image of Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman from the 1976 film “All the President’s Men” is probably the best way to describe normcore dressing in the ’70s. You have the classic blue and cream color combination, the camel- colored pants and the white striped shirt contrasted with a darker tie. It’s nothing extravagant, as anyone could see. But who would’ve thought that something this basic can come back in force more than three decades later on the runways of this fall/winter season?
We’ve gotten so used to the bizarre and lavish runway pieces that we have kind of lost touch with what a runway show was originally meant to be. It’s not a contest about who can put on the most outlandish and eccentric show. If that’s the case, then we might as well go to the circus. A runway show, at the end of the day, boils down to showcasing what people actually would want to wear in their daily lives.
From Ermenegildo Zegna to Berluti, Canali to Vetements, everybody is dressing down this season with camel colors from top to bottom. Fendi and Prada look to the ’70s to bring back the grandpa sweaters, wool cardigans and corduroy pants. Hermès and Dries Van Noten keeps it real by showing a very wearable collection. Even Moschino dials it down by presenting some clean and polished pieces. It really goes without saying that this season’s fashion shows have gotten more suitable, more personable and quite a bit more real. And isn’t that what fashion is all about?
Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman in the movie "All the President's Men"