With the recent Oscars ceremony making headlines for producing the most re-tweeted selfie of all time, some observers were absolutely delighted because the show once again proved that old Hollywood glamor is back. Instead of “gimmicky” outfits, the celebrities donned stunning gowns that were reminiscent of days gone by. You can even say Lupita Nyong’o’s gown was inspired by Elizabeth Taylor’s dress in the now-classic film “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”
Mind you, it’s not just fashion, though. TV shows like “Mad Men” and “Downton Abbey” are getting high ratings despite the cornucopia of futuristic and post-apocalyptic-themed programs. So why the fascination for all things vintage? Here are some notions on why a vintage hotel in San Francisco and vintage fashion manage to interest people.
Why people love vintage gowns is easy to figure out. These vintage dresses evoke sophistication and class, two things that are almost always severely lacking in today’s modern designs, where everything seems to revolve around a “peek-a-boo” motif for delicate private parts. Even San Francisco-born Courtney Love surprisingly turned into a force to reckon with in the glamorous fashion world when she launched her line featuring clothes culled from vintage items.
When on vacation, some people want to feel like they’ve traveled back to simpler times when architectural styles were majestic and refined, which are exactly what some lovely San Francisco downtown hotels like the Hotel Majestic offer. This hotel shows Edwardian style at its finest with rooms featuring four-poster canopied beds and unique antique décor. While the rooms have a vintage style, their technology isn’t at all vintage—Wi-Fi access and other modern amenities are standard.
Dystopian-themed films like “The Hunger Games” may be box office hits, but every once in a while, a film with a vintage setting blows the competition out of the water, like this year’s Oscar contender “American Hustle.” In addition, period TV dramas like “Broadwalk Empire” and “The Borgias” manage to gain enough fans for them to last many seasons.
People who want a respite from a fast-paced life tend to clamor for anything vintage: be it a ball gown, a hotel, or a movie. Perhaps one reason why vintage thrives is because they are timeless. Unlike themed hotel rooms or trendy clothes, vintage never goes out of style, and that very fact may be the secret of its charm.