Return to Form: Nineties Fashion

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Three popular designers from that underappreciated decade are making a comeback in 2016.

"A strong connection always matters,” says Victor Alfaro. It really matters when mounting a comeback. Alfaro is one of several big-in-the-’90s fashion designers who are currently undergoing fresh starts, reviving (and, at times, enhancing) their legacies for a world much evolved since “back then.” What that means for Alfaro, who relaunched his business in 2013 after more than a decade away, is doubling down on his strengths—knits, long-limbed minimalism—with an of-the-moment sportif polish. Two other ’90s luminaries are sticking to their guns, albeit with contemporary ammo. Patrick Robinson (who has overseen design branches at Armani and Gap, in addition to his own namesake label, founded in 1994) recently introduced Paskho, a range of loungewear. And Kate Spade (who sold her namesake company in 2006) has rebounded with Frances Valentine, an accessories line launching this season. Her name is not on the shoes or bags, but Spade’s fans will reconnect with the quirk.