If you lived through it, you’ll probably remember the 80’s as a
decade when fashion was larger-than-life. The 80’s fashion trends
introduced us to bold female silhouettes defined by colorful oversize
blazers with shoulder pads, big permed hair with heavy makeup and risqué
low cut sequin dresses with thigh-high slits. Needless to say, it was
one of the more influential style periods in recent memory.
Many fashion designers look to the past for inspiration and their
love affair with 80’s fashion trends is everywhere for spring 2017.
Watch for the following 80s style influences, some which we may soon see
on our city streets.
80’s Fashion Trends Power Blazers
Made famous by 80’s big screen stars like Michelle Pfeiffer and Grace
Jones, the boardroom look is back albeit with a slightly softer
shoulder. In keeping with its 80s inspiration, the power blazer is
matched with wide-leg pant or a short skirt. The sophisticated
well-tailored looks in black, many with pin stripes, from Yanina
Couture, Jil Sander, Celine and Balenciaga will appeal to the new
generation of working girls.
Spanish and Caribbean influences reign this spring, with Gucci, Isa
Arfen, Jonathan Simkhai and Louis Vuitton showing ruffles in their
collections. From big flounces covering a whole dress to smaller frills
providing just a touch of easiness to a blouse or skirt, ruffles are
everywhere. My favorite looks, such as an off-the-shoulder ruffle top
with a pair of shorts, balance simplicity with femininity.
The low cut dresses with thigh-high slits that were all the rage
during the 80’s have returned. From Versace to Emanuel Ungaro to
Marchesa, spring collections offer dresses in sensual sheer neutral
toned fabric and – my favorite – metallic golds and silvers.
The one accessory from the 80’s that just won’t go away is back on
the runways at Chanel, Kenzo, and Jil Sander this spring. Now renamed
the belt bags, the Jil Sander bucket version is made from fine leather,
rather than the vinyl of the 80’s, to match a high-end outfit. On the
runways, models donned belt bags ranging in size from a clutch purse to a
small apron. To my mind, despite the rebrand, the belt bag doesn’t have
luxury appeal and it will never replace a classic no-logo handbag.
The recycling of old ideas from bygone eras, such as we’re seeing now
with this 80s fashion obsession, lacks the innovation and creativity we
have come to expect from the luxury houses. There was a time not long
ago when some designers were able to add a unique twist – color,
texture, and finishing – to an old idea. While this may have been common
in the past, I’m sorry to say the current 80s throwback styles involve
less innovation and more imitation.
This may sell well with the fast fashion set but I not confident that
it will get high-end buyers to open their purses this season. In my
opinion, it’s unlikely that this rehash of the 80’s fashion trends will
be as loved by the luxury set as it is by the fashion designers
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About the Author: Experienced luxury fashion buyer
has worked with the most prestigious designer brands across Europe and
America and shares his inspiration for effortless style on his website,
He has a passionate, yet intelligent way of describing his subject and
has a keen eye for detail. He lives in Vancouver, Canada.