Time travel might still be a long way off, but that doesn’t stop brands from revisiting the past to take design cues. Fashion is completely cyclical, and it’s only a matter of time before something—be it a garment, print, or styling trick—comes back around again. That said, for A/W 18, it’s now the poncho’s turn to rise from the ashes.
We all know the poncho is deeply rooted in ’70s style culture. However, more recently, it was Burberry that put the blanket back on the fashion map. In 2014, then–creative chief Christopher Bailey sent an army of models—led by Cara Delevingne in what would prove to be her career-making catwalk show—down the runway in monogrammed woollen capes.
As of today, the poncho is officially back. Okay, we’ll admit it: initially, we were on the fence, but thanks to Chloé, Missoni and Acne Studios (who’ve all included the poncho as part of their A/W 18 collections), we’ve come around to the idea. It’s also proving to be a hit with the FROW set too, who are serving up inspiration on how to wear a poncho with flair. Keep scrolling and you’ll see it’s not as daunting as it sounds.
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