Written by: Laura Arenas
Autumn starts with an 80´s rhythm
Beloved, repudiated, powerful, and extravaganza can describe the years of the 80´s. This era made its mark on being a period of outstanding artistic, cultural, and esthetics.The symbolic years of movement, voluminous hair, and rock all make a comeback this season to reinvent the “status” of a monumental era. Excessive looks, bright colors, influential fashions, geometric prints, and glitter all follow to the rhythm of the 80’s.
REMIX ON THE EIGHTIES: FASHION ESSENTIALS
After honoring and loving the summer season of the seventies, designers desire for this season of fall/winter to become excessively dominated, stimulated, and the intention to celebrate the 80’s.
On the runway a legion of men and women wore jackets, blazers, and jerseys with big shoulder pads, reflecting what cannot be denied the sensation of shoulder pads in the 80’s. There’s new individuals rescuing shoulder pads from the past and bringing it back to life such as: Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Isabel Marant, and Balmain.
The oversize silhouettes reappear in the fashion shows. With a lot of volume the high-waist wide-legged trousers and irregular shape patterns establish the personality aesthetics of the decade. Isabel Marant, Loewe, and Emilio Pucci for women, enhance the shoulders in order to add volume to the fashions. As for Philip Lim, Burberry Prorsum, and Louis Vuiton have applied the same principles in their designs for men as seen on the catwalk.
The fabrics and textures become brighter and the lúrex, the lace ornate by rhinestones and sequins flood the multicolor dresses inspired by the nocturnal clubs and discotheques. The fashion shows of Balmain, Rodarte, Kenzo, Versace, and Blumarine invoke the spirit of sexy and provocative of the 80’s.
Geometrical prints take over to create artistic multicolor mosaics where the lines twist in zig-zag and the boundaries of different sizes and shapes merge in a display of powerful forms. The designs seen in Jill Sander, Christopher Kane, or Versace recall the excessive use behind the framework of prints full of character. While animal prints cover the “mix and match” with creativity from designs of Burberry for men.
What about leather? It’s unquestionable that it reigned in the 80’s, this season its reinterpretation with details in skin and bright shades, biker jackets, trousers, mini skirts, and fitted dresses. Blumarine, Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent, Dsquared2… show how dressing in leather has never been so sexy.
The positivism of the decade shows by the inspiration of rainbows for color clothing in neon orange, highlighter yellow, lime green, pink, and electric blue… “Artistic brushstrokes” like the style of Andy Warhol being implemented wisely by the creative imagination of the creators. Jeremy Scott for Moschino demonstrates once again, the power of fashion fantasy by presenting a collection purely dedicated to the 80’s, where the colors are combined keeping it modest. Balmain, showing its modernity with the use of bright colors as for J.W. Anderson, reflecting with intensity and excessive of the decade.
Above the ankle, the “cropped pant” surpasses from all other seasons and has transform itself to become this seasons new king. Inspired from Michael Jacksons pants in, Thriller, their presence improves by used in boots or flat shoes, and appear in tailored suits or combined with large knitted sweaters. Kenzo Homme and Alexander McQueen, Dior and Vivienne Westwood show us their best version.
Boots stretch and lengthen in order to give a touch of glam in the looks. Garments compliments the boots by being worn seductively mini. As for the fantastic St. Martins, are adorned with silver details as pure and true to the style of rock & roll. The jewelry shines in geometric forms. The maxi necklaces and earrings with big dimensions become perfect allies to remember the aesthetics of the 80’s.