Famous Comeback Brands and Trends for 2017

Things happen for a reason. From sporting brands to fashion trends, our childhoods were filled with some incredible styles and entertainment that have shaped us into the sterling civilians we are today. So it’s no big shock that a selection of these are making a comeback this year.

We’re on the brink of a nostalgia invasion, where our childhood merges with our adult life to create new favourites from old memories.

Scroll down to find the biggest retro comeback trends set to light up 2017.

TV Returns

Just when you thought Netflix was life, it seems that our screens are going to explode with former TV favourites in 2017. Coming soon, you have Star Trek, Will and Grace, Twin Peaks, and That’s So Raven to look forward to, and we even read rumours that cinematic greats like My Best Friend’s Wedding and Cruel Intentions could return as TV/theatre spin-offs. But they’re TBC. Unfortunately, Will Smith has denied that The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is coming back to us and therefore dashed our hopes and dreams.

Old TV Set

How well these resurrections will do is anyone’s guess, but other comeback shows like Gilmore Girls, Fuller House and even famous 90s’ trend The Powerpuff Girls have fared well since returning in 2016.

Comeback logo sweatshirts

A top 90s trend you’ll remember from your youth and now on their way back to our wardrobes: those jumpers with the massive brand logos across the front! Everyone had a favourite and they were ideal for playing out and lounging around in, which was just the dream back then. And now, probably.

Nothing if not a versatile fashion trend, you could even go for the ‘dressed-down look’ with a sporty, logo-emblazoned sweater. We think the nostalgia alone will make this comeback a huge hit.

Top knot (a.k.a ‘the bun’)

Popularised by the effortlessly elegant Audrey Hepburn in 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s; piling your hair on top of your head is fast becoming the status quo of the hair world. So much so, that even men are getting in on it. Even though the man bun might be dividing opinions across the nation; the top knot — whether neat or messy — is a fashion revival warrior.

Trackies

What was life without your best, one-colour tracksuit? Collecting every colour from your favorite brand was a rite of passage back in the day. If the Nineties had a uniform, the matching tracksuit would be it.

The tracksuit trend started back in the 1960s, although it never really become fashion until the 1970s and didn’t smash it’s Personal Best until the late 80s/early 90s. Get ready for the rebirth of the rave-age, two-piece suit!

Sixties lashes

Another top fashion comeback hailing from the Swinging Sixties, the lashes on everyone from your average mod to fashion legend Twiggy were lacquered to the max during the 1960s. We know the false-lash effect has been around some time, but the fashion trend is only going to get bigger, thicker and blacker in 2017. So, get set for another great year of tossing your head back to open your eyes.

The return of the instant photo

Who could have missed the great comeback of the Polaroid camera? The instant square photo in your hand was simply the biggest of marvels when you were younger, and now you can get lots of different Polaroid camera designs to deliver that magic to the next generation.

In a digital world that hates the printed copy, we’re not surprised the Polaroid has achieved its comeback success.

Polaroid Camera

Shoe fashion revivals

Shoes make or break the outfit. So 2017 is due to give us a modern twist on old faithful styles. Beatle boots are going to build on the success they’ve had recently with more and more men opting for them to complement a smart/casual outfit. A type of Chelsea boot that’s famously tight-fitted and Cuban-heeled with a pointed toe, the Beatle boot was huge in the 1960s and is actually named after the Fab Four.

For lucky ladies, you can anticipate the resurgence of the tenaciously impenetrable jelly shoe. Back when you practiced Spice Girls dance routines in the street, jelly shoes were simply the only way to go, and this summer you’ll get to high-kick in them again. Expect platform and flat varieties with glitter and matte options in a rainbow of colours.

Brand fusion comebacks

What we’ve also noticed when we’ve been looking for comeback music, sports and fashion trends, is that some of these actually merge to create a sort of ‘super-comeback’. Look at LEGO, Marvel and Star Wars. The famous toy brick brand, nearly went bankrupt in the early 2000s soon after the iconic comic book franchise’s stock value plummeted, and who could forget the 2008-2015 gap between intergalactic films.

Now, goodness has been restored. We can get Star Wars themed LEGO so addictive it’s worth having a kid for, plus the promise of a Marvel/Star Wars miniseries crossover due to hit our shelves soon! Perhaps a helping hand is all any trend needs to comeback with a bang.

LEGO Heads

Sport trends to return

Getting back to clothing, classic sportswear is set to flood the fashion field this summer.

Many once-hot sports brands have teamed up with other labels to make their grand re-entrance. As a result, you get the ideal ‘2017-retro’ fashion blend with an excellent mix of modern and classic sportswear.

Some clothes will stay close to their original look, so you’ll get a lot of vintage gear to take you back to your youth. Then there’ll be others that have slightly departed from their energetic, or frenzied, designs for a more mature and sophisticated appearance perfectly suited to the adult world.

Jewellery rebirth

A true 90s trend, the choker necklace straddled the neck of every female A-lister a couple of decades ago. This accessory was practical and handy to wear with any outfit for any occasion. The velvet choker in particular brings back fond memories for us, but now you can get all kinds of materials and designs to find the ideal restrictive jewellery for you.

Music comebacks fresh for 2017

We all know about Craig David’s return and who didn’t see Kerry Katona at the Big Reunion concert; but 2017 is set to bring us a host of even more lyrical comebacks. Expect a Steps-Vengaboys hybrid touring the UK soon, alongside fresh songs from Pink, Gwen Stefani, Lauryn Hill, and Missy Elliott.

Concert

2017 lives for retro. Take a look through some of our men’s and women’s classic shoes to get in on the trend yourself.

Gola Interviews… Circa Waves

Since launching debut album ‘Young Chasers’ in 2015, Liverpudlian-born band, Circa Waves, has made an incredible impact on the music scene. From sell-out tours to performances at Glastonbury, the band has grown both lyrically and musically to become one of the most respected bands on the circuit.

Currently on a UK tour and enjoying massive success with newly-released second album ‘Different Creatures’, Gola caught up with Circa Waves’ guitarist, songwriter and lead singer, Kieran Shundall, to find out more about the roots, present and future of Circa Waves.

Circa Waves

There’s a significant change in sound between ‘Different Creatures’ and your first record ‘Young Chasers’. It’s a bit grittier and your lyrics are about darker themes, like alcoholism and depression. Was this shift a conscious decision with this record or was it something that came naturally from growing as part of Circa Waves?

KS: It was just what came out naturally when I started writing in early 2016. Our first record was more about looking back, but the lyrics in ‘Different Creatures’ are very present. It all came out of its own accord, really.



You worked with Alan Moulder on this album, who is the producer that worked with The Smashing Pumpkins and My Bloody Valentine. These bands have quite a distinctively raw, distorted sound. Did you seek him out because you wanted that sound, was it something he just created organically, or was it a bit of both?

KS: A bit of both, really. Alan has made every legendary rock record and the great thing is that he has all the knowledge. If you want that specific sound, he’s usually got the pedal that did that sound.

I think we asked one time: “How do you get the snare sound from that record?” and he just texted Butch Vig and got whatever snare it was, whatever mic was used, and within two hours had them both there ready to go. He’s got such a wealth of knowledge and information to get what you need. He’s also really patient and able to reach inside an artist’s brain and pull out the best, which is great for us because we don’t speak fluent musical language.

It seems like you knew exactly how you wanted each instrument to sound in every song. When you were writing, did you have a clear idea of how you wanted the album to turn out?

KS: Yeah. A lot of the demos did sound quite similar to the end result you heard. I’ve got a meticulous ‘demo-ing’ obsession. I think it’s a good foundation to have for an artist to go into the studio and say: “Let’s just make this but do it better”. Obviously, Alan is very gifted at doing that.

As much as you seem to have a specific idea in mind with ‘Different Creatures’, it sounds completely natural and doesn’t come across as over-polished. For example, I noticed you chose to keep in a comment you make about someone texting you at the end of one of the songs on the album…

KS: That was actually all orchestrated! We did loads of fake overdubs.

Really?! So did Alan try to get the right mics for how you wanted that to come across?

KS: Nah, in all seriousness, it’s something that we’ve all always loved. Like when you listen to old Beatles records and you can hear them all talking to each other. As a listener, it sucks you in straight away, which is what you want. For me, I always remember being able to hear when the Arctic Monkeys click the distortion pedal off at the end of their first record.

It’s immersive, isn’t it? It takes you right into the studio.

KS: Yeah, you’re in the studio with them. I’ve always wanted that. No matter how big the production — and it’s big on some of these songs — I still want it to feel personal to everyone listening to us.

Circa Waves

The album has been very successful so far. Do you feel you’ve now reached a place as a band, commercially or artistically, where you’re happy with where you are?

KS: No, I don’t think we’re content at all, really. We are really proud of what we have achieved and what we’ve done, but I don’t think we will ever think we have made it. Even when we’re headlining festivals, we’ll want to headline two festivals.

Any musician who is content should probably give up. You’ll stop making music that means something to you. We’ve got that drive and just want to keep moving up and up. We’re really happy with the album, but we want to keep pushing it as far as we can take it.

I think that takes a lot of confidence as a band. Is that how you feel?

KS: Yeah. I think when we first started we were just happy to actually be in a band. You get a record deal and take everything with a pinch of salt. You go: “Well, we’re just glad we’re here!”.

But over the last few years, we’ve seen the reactions that we’ve had and we’ve watched ourselves getting bigger and better. That alone makes you more confident. It’s hard not to be when you see 10,000 people singing your songs back to you! It’s such a massive boost. We want more of that.

It seems like Circa Waves is a band that has worked from the ground up. Do you think it’s harder, particularly as quite a working-class group, to take that path?

KS: I think we pride ourselves on being a live band that have toured continuously. Since we were all about 14 years old, we’ve been playing live and honing our craft, and we’re definitely happy to have made our name that way and not through some awful TV show.

We’ve played the toilet circuit (a network of small music venues that hosts rising rock, indie and metal bands) many times over to get to this point. Hopefully, people will see how we did it and it’ll inspire them to grow their own band that way and not look for the easy way into it. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who think you just have to go on ‘The Voice’, or whatever, to make it.

But, is it hard to support yourself when you’re starting out and not seeing that kind of success?

KS: When we were first in bands, we all had jobs and would practice at night. With Circa Waves, we got signed really early which gives you a foundation of cash to live on. Not much, but enough to get by and just concentrate on being a band and making music. So, I don’t know, sometimes you’ve just got to put yourself out there and do it.

Circa Waves

You said you pride yourself on being a live band, as it’s where you built character and honed your craft. Is there any particular way you approach performing live? Is it an entirely different performance or do you go out and play with the same energy and enthusiasm that you did in the studio?

KS: I suppose it is a bit of a performance. I don’t walk around the way I do on stage in real life. You have to have a bit of swagger when you’re in front of people.

Yeah, I’m sure Nick Cave doesn’t walk around on stage the way he does in real life, either. You are playing a bit of a role, aren’t you?

KS: It is a bit of a role. I think we are very aware of our fans and they’ve all paid £15 to come and see us, so we owe them that amount of entertainment. We do put everything into it and at the end of each gig, we’re sweating and our hands are bleeding. I don’t know any other bands at the moment who are as active as us in our genre. We do absolutely give it everything.

Are there any other bands right now that inspire you?

KS: The Vryll Society. They’re really cool, sort of like early The Verve. I’ve always loved the singer, Mike Ellis. He’s such a confident guy and actually reminds me of a young Mick Jagger. He’s a brilliant songwriter, too, so I’m really intrigued to see what he does next. I also heard Zuzu on Huw Stephens recently, who’s really cool, and Clean Cut Kid are doing well at the moment, I think.

Do you put much thought into your fashion when you’re on stage? Is there an image you aspire to when you’re performing?

KS: Elvis. We all try to be Elvis… As a band, we try to put a bit of effort into our look but we don’t wear guy-liner. Yet.

So, when you talked about ambition, you meant glam rock?

KS: Yeah. Flares and guy-liner.

That could be the next stage for Circa Waves.

KS: That’s the next level.

Circa Waves are made up of bandmates Kieran Shudall, Sam Rourke, Colin Jones, and Joe Falconer. The boys are currently touring across the UK, supported by INHEAVEN and The Magic Gang, and their latest album is available to buy now.