By Kris James
Hello my Stylers! Just the other night I was sitting around watching Scream. No! There is not a reboot. Yet. Thank God! I was watching the original movie with Neve Campbell. Every summer I watch my favorite 90’s teen movies.
So at the beginning of the movie the phone rings and Drew Berrymore picks up, of course! This is the moment when something else really caught my attention. I started thinking about how many people still have a house phone? What about an answering machine? In an ever growing digital world, how do some of these vintage treasures stay alive?
Of course, the idea of a house phone to some seems pointless. Your cell phone travels, has voicemail and takes amazing pictures. It’s your entire life in one little device. For all the obvious reasons something created to make life easy has gotten to the point where we depend on it. But there are still those who live for a simpler time. There’s stylers like myself who wanna get lost in time and relive those experiences, whether it’s in the way we dress or just the items we collect. It reminds us of how simple life was.
For the past few years, I have seen many throwback goodies resurge. Thanks to the likes of Urban Outfitters you can capture those nostalgic moments again. Everything from the instant Polaroid camera to cassette players and the walkman. Like I said in my previous column, I own a record player and collect vinyl. I grew up in a time where you couldn’t just buy the single, you had to get the whole album. So artists made sure they gave you their best body of work because there were no skips. So imagine being an adult now and still being able to experience music that way.
This year at the MET GALA, Frank Ocean arrived looking fashionable, but more people were interested in his accessories. Frank captured the MET on film with a Contax T3 35mm camera for Vogue. This was a rare moment because who still uses film? Just like the vintage Polaroid cameras have made a comeback, I think Frank and others are on to something. With everything digital, it’s those raw candid photos that really create nostalgic magic.
I think the older I get the more timeless moments I try to create. So maybe I will get that landline with an answering machine. “You have reached Kris. Sorry, but I’m not home right now.” Nothing screams nostalgic more than that in 2019. Here are a few of my favorites I think every nostalgic Styler would love!
“Distance not only gives nostalgia, but perspective, and maybe objectivity.” – Robert Morgan