Spring Fashion: Reinvented Classics We Love

Trends may come and go, but classics are here to stay—all in fresh, new ways for spring.

After Guerlain, one of the world’s oldest beauty brands, gave French Empress Eugenie a bottle of its Eau de Cologne Imperial in 1853, the company would go on to become the official royal perfumer. The bee, Guerlain’s emblem of biodiversity (Guerlain sponsors beekeepers on the island of Ouessant), still adorns this iconic bottle, but this spring artist Claudine Drai redesigns it as the limited edition L’Heure Blanche. Only 50 bottles in Canada, each $900, holtrenfrew.com

Paul Van Doren may have dropped out of junior high, but he went on to found Vans, the original, massively successful counter-culture skateboarder shoe, in 1966. This spring, the iconic shoe partners with New York fashion designer Sandy Liang for a limited-edition launch that evokes ’90s nostalgia with faux fur, leopard print and bejewelled detailing. From $100, vans.ca

The ’90s rugby shirt may never have seen the business end of an actual rugby game, but this classic varsity staple is making a comeback that’s perfect for home or sports-bar TV watching. Herschel Supply Co.’s take features French terry with contrasting collar and colour-blocking. $100, herschel.ca

Leave it to Burberry to reinvent what they already invented 141 years ago: gabardine. Riccardo Tisci’s third runway collection for the classic house is a celebration of new house codes and a juxtaposition of heritage and modernity with the floor-length Extra Long Gabardine trench coat. $3,690, burberry.com

Given that it’s a rite that dates back to the Romans, reimagining the wedding band isn’t for the faint of heart. But start-up Mejuri takes up the challenge with its out-of-the-box rings featuring ethically sourced diamonds in 14-karat solid gold. You won’t find traditional markups; you will find new limited-edition drops every Monday all year long. $275 to $2,750, mejuri.com