Acceptable in the 80s
Posted on 19 July 2016
Spring is undeniably dominated by the 70s; wide flares, crochet, fringing and suede as far as the eye could see. But at the autumn/winter shows the 80s proved they were the decade to emulate. Previously maligned by the fashion industry, the 80s has been a powerhouse on the catwalks.
Jeremy Scott didn’t just provide a nod to 80s dressing, his collection was pure, unadulterated 80s and he dominated the catwalks. The Barbie inspired dresses, psychedelic colours, edgy prints and outlandish neon ankle boots are eye-catching and nostalgic.
Alexander Wang took a trip to the gritty, late 80s (with a taste of the early 90s). Short hem lines, bomber jackets, asymmetric straps and studding were the order of the day. With thick chains wrapped around the model’s necks and killer heels Wang provided a juxtaposition to the outrageous and fun creations of other designers.
It is not just this year that the 80s has been the decade to watch. In their AW15 collection Balmain showed ruffles, short prom skirts and nipped in waists. The dark catwalk made the exuberant colour blocking pop, electric yellows were layered over bright blues. Fringing in tangerine colours and plated palazzo pants were dynamic on the runway, encompassing the energy of the 80s. These looks wouldn’t be out of place in the line outside Studio 54.
With nods to the power dressing and the oversized shoulders of Dynasty, Alessandra Rich’s ready-to-wear AW15 collection incorporated the luxury of cocktail hour and the femininity of silk. The flowing dresses were contrasted with see through lace dresses, oversized jackets slung across the shoulders and chunky gold chains (a classical take on Madonna’s early music videos).
Whether you embrace the trend and rock it from head to toe or inject a splash of nostalgia with a more subtle accessory, the 80s trend is sure to be in charge season after season, spiral perm optional…