Thursday, May 29, 2014

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Setting the Trends

During its seven years on the air, Buffy the Vampire Slayer managed to set many a trends in the media and in the public. And can you blame us? With the stylistic eye of head costume designer, Cynthia Bergstrom, the cast was dressed in the best designer apparel. 

I have no defining proof, but I'm pretty sure Btvs sparked the leather fad during the late 90's. Even Ross Gellar of Friends purchased a pair of leather pants in Season 5 Episode 11 of Friends.

I myself owned three pairs of faux leather pants, in the late 90's: a pair in brown, burgundy and black. But that could have also have been because I was (and still am) a die hard Buffy fan so naturally I looked to her for a few style cues. How many pairs of leather pants did you own?

Let's face it. Btvs has a lot of awesome style and quality brands to boot. One example is in the episode "Life Serial" where Buffy can be seen wearing a blouse by the now infamous designer Jane Mayle.

The adorable, silk top is from the Mayle Spring 2002 collection and features a center cutout of a female silhouette similar to the logo usded on the designer labels. The top comes in black and navy, but I believe Buffy wears it in Navy.

Unfortunately, the Mayle clothing line closed up shop in 2008 and Jane Mayle now mainly does handbags. This top most certainly would have been an excellent piece to bring back into circulation.

I've seen a couple of these tops on ebay, but it isn't cheap. The Mayle clothing line also tends to run small and it is near to impossible to find sizes that range above a 6. A sad bit of truth for both fans of Mayle and Buffy.