The 1980s makes a comeback on the runways of (from left to right): Isabel Marant, Dior, Balenciaga and Saint Laurent
Get ready to Get Into The Groove because 1980s fashion is making a comeback and in a big way (and we’re not just talking about the shoulder pads). Fortunately designers like Gucci’s Alessandro Michele and Balenciaga’s Demna Gvasalia have transformed many of the decade’s most cringeworthy styles into looks that are cool, covetable and 21st century appropriate.
Here are five 1980s must-haves this season and how to style them.
The big shoulder jacket
This trend may have been started by Melanie Griffith in Working Girl, but the silhouette this time round is more exaggerated as evidenced at Balenciaga where whalebone rods were inserted across the shoulders of trench coats and jackets. It’s all about incorporating fun styling tricks as seen at Marni where big jackets came accessorised with strap-on pocket bags. Or take cues from Celine and match your oversized men’s wear jackets with cropped flares or cuffed trousers, and an elegant yet feminine top handle bag.
The slogan tee
While words like “Relax” or “Choose Life” were on our minds 40 years ago, 2017 is all about getting political. Tees came emblazoned with feminist slogans as seen at Christian Dior and Stella McCartney. Haider Ackermann’s were more introspective with words like “Silence” and “Be Your Own Hero.” Instead of matching them with leggings – the only exception would be Louis Vuitton’s blue lace version – tuck your Tee into a pleated mini skirt or maxi skirt for a more elegant look.
This 1980s relic has become a streetwear favourite, Champion logos included. Vetements versions are street luxe while brands like Alexander Wang and Versace went sporty. Dolce & Gabanna’s came embellished with sequined letters spelling out the words Tropico Italiano, while colourful stripes and appliques covered Marc Jacobs’. Remember it’s all about the hi-low look, so pair it with something luxe.
Blame it on last year’s Ghostbusters remake, but boiler suits are cool again. Spring’s versions are all about utility chic as evidenced by Hermes’ crisp blue style with contrasting white stitching. Another was made from buttery soft leather in a shade of buttercup yellow. Isabel Marant’s versions were rolled down to the waist or cinched with corsets. Try a shimmery black style for the evening paired with killer heels.
This is one item you can really play with. At Saint Laurent, designer Anthony Vaccarello sent out a stream of minidresses in velvet or gold lame, Solid Gold style. Gucci was one of many brands to resurrect the one shoulder puffy dresses (preferably covered in ruffles). Have fun and opt for styles covered in bling of all varieties including multi-coloured sequins (Kenzo) or colourful metallic fabrics (Preen, Rodarte and Marc Jacobs). Match your dress with booties and a single statement earring (two is so 2016).