vintage buyers, curators, and collectors on the contemporary pieces that will endure

Hindsight is 20/20. And so it's only natural to assume that, had we been given the opportunity, we would have snapped up some of the key looks from fashion's past—a few of those Cristobal Balenciaga outfits currently on display at the Queen Sofía Spanish Institute on Park Avenue, a YSL Le Smoking as seen in the Saint Laurent retrospective in Paris, or maybe a few of the cutout jersey dresses that Tom Ford showed at Gucci. Good luck getting your hands on any of that stuff now.

What current fashion should we be collecting, now, while it's in stores? What's the vintage of the future? The beginning of a new decade seemed a good time to pose that question, and for answers, we turned to the experts—vintage obsessives, fashion collectors, visionary store buyers. That Rodarte dress might seem pricey now, but who knows? It could provide a better return than your 401(k). click for more >
—Maya Singer

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