There is no question that last year we saw a comeback of 70’s style fringe, suede, flares and more. So, it only makes sense that designers would look to the 80’s for inspiration in their runway looks for this season. Spring and summer 2017 are filled with the kind of glam that can only be reminiscent of the 1980s, and we are loving it.
This fashion is easy enough to do on a limited budget, making it the perfect place to start. Adam Selman’s show featured hair designs by James Pecis with crimped and knotted hair. But, of course, volume was a big part of bringing back an 80’s look, including wearable pouf styles at the Cushnie et Ochs show.
Not for the Timid
The 80’s were loud and featured outfits, like the bright purple and green Versace track suit were showing off the comeback of wild color combinations. Use wardrobes that feature loud geometric prints and bold color combinations for something that is a modern representation of the 80’s styles.
All About the Sleeves
From off-the-shoulder to shoulder pads, the 80’s throwbacks are ushering in new sleeve styles. At Paris Fashion Week for SS17, we saw Celine, Lanvin, Isabel Marant and Balenciaga all introduced wide tops paired with tapering bottoms. Ruffles are everywhere, along with puffed sleeves and even a-symmetrical designs.
The Return of Denim
If you thought suede was a surprise, then you might not be prepared for the complete comeback of denim. From skirts to jackets, jean fabric is making a big return wave on the fashion scene. Nordstrom’s website features a whole section dedicated to denim skirts, including frayed edges, floral embroidery and metallic jean fabrics.
There is a lot of controversy over whether or not all of the throwback fashion is a good thing. Li Edelkoort gave a talk in London where she chided designers on their lack of originality. She argued that designers of the past created radically new silhouettes and focused on creating change. Edelkoort pointed out that the majority of designers are saying that newness is a thing of the past and consumers are checking out thrift stores to find back-in-style pieces to add to their wardrobes.