It’s the decade that just won’t disappear. Yes, the 80s are back! But before you reach for a ra-ra skirt and legwarmers take heed: this time round designers have been more discerning with their runway choices, taking our old faves (and faux pas) and re-structuring them to suit today’s fashion climate. Read on to find out what’s still hot and how it’s being done:
Get your mirror-ball ready because it’s disco a go-go on the catwalks of the world’s fashion capitals! Metallic leather, Lurex, and sequins galore glittered and glimmered off mini-dresses, tuxedo jackets, and spray-on-tight pants at Gucci, Balmain and Antonio Berardi. Even fabrics previously shunned like glo-mesh and lame were back into play. So go with what’s glam and spice up your next outfit with something shiny and sparkly.
One of the most iconic looks of the 80s, the shoulder pad was a fashion force to be reckoned with way-back-when and, it seems, once again right now. But that’s not to say nothing’s changed. This time round pads are less puffy and more structured with triangular tailoring being favoured by Armani, Chanel and Valentino. Opt for a ‘shoulder enhanced’ dress or jacket to make the trend work for you.
It’s hard to forget the fluros of the 1980s, when the colours were so saturated you needed sunglasses just to look at them. Harder still when they’re a main feature in the collections of Marc Jacobs, Versace and Castelbajac. Either way, we think they’re fun, funky and perfect for summer. Be bold with an entire block-colour outfit, or combine one neon item or accessory with darker hues for a toned-down effect.
Love it or hate it, the bodysuit is back – but thankfully this time round we won’t have to sport them with electric pink leggings, legwarmers and LA Gear High-Tops. Instead, plunging lace, nautical stripes, muted tones, and sheer overlays are the way forward with designers such as Celine, Sportmax and Stella McCartney incorporating them in their latest runway looks. Wear your suit with high-waisted tapered pants, a body-con skirt or underneath a blazer for a sleek silhouette.