The Greatest Hits of All Times 

In sartorially sardonic Scene style, Carrington Fox, Jim Ridley, Dave Rudolph, John Spragens, Lee Stabert, Claire Suddath and P. J. Tobia provide fashion commentary on the season’s newest—and oldest—looks.

If Spring Fashion 2006 were a radio station, it would be Jack—but in a good way.
photos by Eric England Patterns, Prints and Plaid From paisleys to polkas, prints and patterns are back. With pinstripes layered comfortably on madras and topped with birds and flowers, today’s bossy mix-and-match works best when subdued by a khaki coat or light sweater. Apparently, American men can now be trusted with both necktie and shirt in loud prints—a scant 30 years after the British got the whole look figured out. So don your Paul Smith and your Liberty and let’s get busy—aesthetically speaking, of course. Vintage pink pheasant tie available at Bloke.JS Argyle It began last year when stores that specialized in preppy chic started showing argyle patterns on their mannequins, and now they’ve spread to socks and sweaters in a range of unexpected colors. Just yesterday, we saw a girl wearing green-and-blue argyle socks with yellow Crocs. Let’s face it: argyle isn’t just for old men in nursing homes anymore. Socks available at Banana Republic.CS Metallic Bags and Belts It’s no wonder metallic accessories have returned from the dead, or at least from the ’80s: gold and silver—like their classier, more demure compatriot, black—go with pretty much everything. Whether it’s a gold clutch to go with that backless cocktail dress or a silver-studded hobo paired with jeans and a tee, these accessories grab attention and don’t let go. Bag available at Posh.LS Members Only Jackets Whatever club requires members to wear these satiny, non-flame retardant, 1980s wardrobe staples, we want in! The jacket first made famous by cultural (ahem) luminaries like Pat Benatar and appearances in flicks like Sixteen Candles has made a triumphant return among hipsters from East Nashville to the East Village. The jacket was originally marketed with the tagline “When you put it on, something happens.” We don’t know what that something is, and frankly we don’t care, just as long as it’s not too close to an open flame. Vintage Members Only jacket available at The Beat.PJT Afros This out-loud, black-and-I’m-proud look was popularized by Black Power activists like Angela Davis Jr. and, um, the drummer from that Lenny Kravitz video. The look is back with a vengeance, as anybody who’s lately seen ?uestlove from The Roots could tell you. To complete the stickin’-it-to-the-man look, an afro pick with a defiant black fist thrust skyward is a must for today’s fashion-conscious Panther wannabe. Sure to make The Man think twice about trying to keep you down. Pick available at Kim’s Hair Plus.PJT Wristbands, Visors, Knee Socks Service, please! Wristbands, visors and knee socks à la Billie Jean King are the new old-fashioned way of suiting up for a workout or a rock show. They go great with skirts, jeans or roller skates, are cheaper than a Tiffany tennis bracelet and are perfect for hiding telltale scars. —PJT New Old Shoes When you think of old shoes, smelly probably comes to mind before stylish. But nowadays, many sneaker companies are joining a growing retro trend and are reissuing old products. Adidas has the Originals collection; Reebok has the Classics; Nike has Cortez ’72s, Vandals and Air Jordan reissues; and Converse has the ever-popular Chuck Taylors. In some cases, shoe companies jazz-up the reissues with new materials and colors—Chucks now come in metallic—though the styles essentially stay the same. Metallic Converse available at Bloke; Saucony available at Zappos.com.DR     Keds-Inspired Canvas Shoes Until recently, the one thing missing from the Decade of Greed’s fashion revival was Keds, those all-American shoes you wore on the playground, your babysitter kicked in the air when she talked to her boyfriend on the phone, and your mother slipped on when she gardened in the backyard. Thanks to Mischa Barton, canvas shoes are back. Keds still makes their classic white model, as well as some updated new versions, but other brands are climbing on the bandwagon with stylized hybrids: pointy shoes, mary-janes and even pumps in canvas. Killah slip-ons available at Bamboo; PF Flyers Lo-Fi slip-ons available at Posh. —CS Espadrilles and Wedge Sandals Originally from France, espadrilles are linen shoes with soles made of rope or tweed that have gained popularity every few decades since the 1940s. Some slip on, others tie around the calf, but all are fashionable this season. We’ve seen a lot of wedge-shaped espadrilles and wedge-shaped shoes in general, especially those with cork soles. C Label Rumba sling-back wedges and Madeline wedges available at Posh. —CS Iron-ons “Vote Pedro” was just the tip of the iceberg (and sinking soon, one hopes). The glossy iron-on decal is back, and the closer it gets to something a Smokey and the Bandit-obsessed stoner would have worn in a 1978 head shop, the better. (Extra points for sparkle.) What’s the appeal, besides irony? It’s all about the shine and the smooth feel, bro, along with hand-me-down nostalgia for the age of Happy Days and Dynamite! magazine. Cool test: Can you imagine Matthew McConaughey wearing it in Dazed and ConfusedHoroscope iron-on tees available at Venus & Mars. —JR

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