NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 14: (R-L) Greivy wears: dark green sunglasses, a red-pink-green flower...
Jeremy Moeller/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images


Vintage Shoppers Are Collecting These 4 Designers Right Now

The RealReal dropped its latest report about its secondhand shoppers and sellers.

Vintage fashion pieces are not going away anytime soon, with all things secondhand and throwback luxury goods hitting our wardrobes more than ever before. After releasing its Luxury Consignment Report earlier this year, The RealReal has returned with its newest 2022 Luxury Resale Report.

On Wednesday, Aug. 24, the online marketplace’s annual report details some of the resale industry’s biggest trends by every generation, including data from the site for shoppers and consignors on sought-after brands, coveted clothing items, and more. Not surprisingly, vintage continues to dominate the top of the list, and demand for collectible clothing from the archives now surpasses every other vintage category with a 439% increase so far in 2022.

As seen mostly in Gen-Z and millennial buyers, TRR adds that they’re noticing record-high numbers with this trend, as shoppers these days are opting to be more sustainably-minded and savvier with their purchasing habits, on top of the desire to create a sense of personal style amidst the rise of micro-trends and fast fashion.

The luxury online shop also reported that their young shoppers are specifically searching for archival pieces from four notable designers: Mary McFadden (+1,936%), Bob Mackie (+1,895%), Roberto Cavalli (+1,130%), and Thierry Mugler (+531%). Inspired by past runway shows, consumers are also loving items like geometric bags (+352%), platform shoes (+310%), mini dresses (+157%) and itty-bitty skirts (+110%), as well as Mary Janes (+141%).

This significant boost in demand for vintage over the past few years, says Noelle Sciacca, Senior Fashion Lead at TRR, can be credited to a number of factors, most specifically around celebrities and entertainment. “This year’s 439% surge for clothing from the archives, however, is exciting and unprecedented,” she tells NYLON. “We’re seeing this need for archival pieces, along with runway-inspired looks, for a few reasons. Pop culture’s influence, along with celebrity clout, certainly play a role here.”

For example, Mugler tapping Chloë Sevigny & Megan the Stallion in a recent campaign contributed to triple-digit growth in demand, notes Sciacca. Bella Hadid and Halsey, notable fans of vintage Roberto Cavalli, have also brought the brand’s early-aughts collections to the forefront of Gen Z and millennials’ minds and into their shopping carts. Plus, ‘60s silhouettes have become a major secondhand shopping interest, thanks to the Spring 2022 runway collections of Christian Dior and Courreges.

“Lastly, coming out of the pandemic, we’ve seen a newfound emphasis on self-expression and personal style, along with a notable shift away from mass-produced items,” adds Sciacca. “Shopping vintage offers customers the pieces they crave to dress more boldly, uniquely, and in a look all their own, from head to toe for all of the ‘IRL’ moments they missed during lockdown.”

Check out some of many best fashion moments from The RealReal’s top four designers that vintage shoppers are absolutely loving right now, ahead.

Mary McFadden

Mary McFadden runway show, 1997Rose Hartman/Archive Photos/Getty Images
Actress Rolonda Watts, 1993Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection/Getty Images
Designer Mary McFadden, 1992Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection/Getty Images
Mary McFadden runway show, 1997Rose Hartman/Archive Photos/Getty Images
1 / 4
1 / 4

Bob Mackie

Cher, 1988 Academy AwardsFrank Trapper/Corbis Historical/Getty Images
Bob Mackie runway show, 1998TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images
Bob Mackie runway show, 1999MATT CAMPBELL/AFP/Getty Images
Zendaya, 2022 Time 100 GalaTaylor Hill/WireImage/Getty Images
1 / 4
1 / 4

Roberto Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli runway show, 1995TIMOTHY CLARY/AFP/Getty Images
Devon Aoki, 2002Rodrigo Varela/WireImage/Getty Images
Roberto Cavalli runway show, 2001Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho/Getty Images
Halsey, 2022Gotham/GC Images/Getty Images
1 / 4
1 / 4

Thierry Mugler

Thierry Mugler runway show, 1990ARNAL/Gamma-Rapho/Getty Images
Sydney Sweeney, 2022Kevin Winter/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Thierry Mugler runway show, 1990Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho/Getty Images
Kim Kardashian, 2022Emma McIntyre/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
1 / 4
1 / 4

You can now see the full breakdown of current trends in luxury resale on The RealReal’s 2022 Luxury Resale Report.