These days, you rarely see someone sporting gloves for fashion’s sake. To keep warm, sure; for Halloween, absolutely. But wearing gloves simply to enhance an outfit? Pretty much unheard of!
All that is about to change, though. We credit Olivia Pope (and her costume designer, Lyn Paolo) for the major comeback moment that gloves are experiencing right now! Paolo, admittedly “obsessed by” gloves, single-handedly brought the accessory back into style through the vehicle of Scandal’s Olivia Pope. Designers are clearly watching: gloves popped up on an incredible number of runways this season!
Gloves, worn for necessity up until the 20th century, became a symbol of wealth & class through the 1920s and 1930s. Sunburned hands showed that you belonged to the working class; thus, gloves became an inadvertent status symbol. Many shapes & sizes were fashionable over the years: short gloves were seen in many a 1920s silent film, and the 1930s saw a rise in leather kid gloves. Long, slouchy gloves dominated the 40s; while long, slim gloves were the peak of chic in the 50s (think Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s). Jackie O wore gloves like no one else in the 1960s, and after that gloves slowly lost their steam. A few appearances in the 80s- Madonna and Michael Jackson- petered out to almost nothing until Scandal came around.
Fashion designers are embracing the new trend wholeheartedly, as evidenced by the strong showing of gloves for Fashion Month Fall 2014. AF Vandevorst showed a modern pair, Acne was edgy with leather-on-leather, and Chanel put a sporty spin on long pink gloves. Dior’s gloves were a total throwback to 50s/60s elegance, with pairs up-to-the-elbow and beyond worn with vests and short-sleeve coats.
Dolce & Gabbana threw it back a little farther with their chainmail-inspired gloves! Galliano’s version was long, scrunched, and layered; Lanvin’s was long and slim.
Rodarte showed gloved looks that were geek-chic, complete with berets, scarves, and horn-rimmed glasses.
Our FAVORITE glove looks, though, were from Rochas. Brightly colored gloves were the focal point of almost every Rochas runway look, ranging from pale yellow to neon orange to bright teal. Worn with oversize coats in various pastel shades and floral prints, the vibe was vintage with a modern twist. Rochas even threw in a few fringed gloves, a little reminiscent of a glamorous Edward Scissorhands.
One one question remains: which gloves will Olivia Pope wear first?