For millennia humanity has turned its face to the night sky and wondered what more lies out there, among the stars. Thirty years after his successful Apollo II mission to the moon, astronaut Neil Armstrong reflected that: “The important achievement of Apollo was demonstrating that humanity is not forever chained to this planet…our visions go rather further than that and our opportunities are unlimited.”
I call this one a sleeper trend. One that creeps up on you when you’re so focused on suede and pool slides and khaki, you just don’t see it coming. And then, boom! Suddenly the 80s are back, you’re swimming in a wardrobe dedicated to every other decade imaginable – 60s, 70s, 90s- and you’re so unbelievably unprepared for shiny lurex, high-leg swimsuits, and pussy-bow shirts. What’s more, this decade is the stock joke of the fashion world, right? The decade that fashion forgot? This could also be a contender for a wilful sartorial blindness though; so happy swanning around in our floor-length floral gowns, fringed bag firmly in hand, pretending that it was 1978 all over again (but with better fabrics), that we refused to see the ra-ra skirt in front of our eyes.
Because, I hate to say, the ra-ra skirt is back. Alongside block prints, hi-shine fabrics and lashings of gold jewellery, the 80s are back for AW 15 and it’s become impossible to deny, hide from or negate it any more. So, to use that terribly overused cliché, if you can’t beat them, join them. Here are my 5 top tips for surviving the trend.
1. Embrace the mini dress. Whether it be sequinned, ruffled or slit to the waist, just make sure it’s clinched at the waist and dominates the dance floor. As seen at Saint Laurent & Missoni.
From left: Saint Laurent AW 15, Missoni AW 15
2. Ease yourself in by straddling this season’s favourite decades, and next’s. Pair your high-waisted jeans with a frou-frou shirt (so 80s), ankle boots and a silk scarf, for a cross-decade collision of all the best the pre-Noughties years have to offer.
3. Don’t be afraid of body-con. The body-revealing look has been out for a few seasons now, stepping into the background in favour of body-skimming A-line skirts and duster coats. This time around the focus is on spandex materials and easy mix and match separates. Look to recently-revamped cult 80s label Hunza G for your Pamela Anderson-worthy swimsuits and dresses.
Whitney Houtson in Hunza G, and right, the label today. All pics www.hunzag.com
4. Florals are out, prints and block colours are in. Amen, I say, having experienced significant floral-fatigue ever since the Spring/Summer collections made their way into the shops in February. JW Anderson showed a plethora of muted block tones in his sophisticated AW 15 collection, and stand-out graphic prints were the name of the game at Missoni, Jil Sander and Gucci.
Front left: JW Anderson AW 15, Missoni AW 15, Jil Sander AW 15
5. Step away from the perm. Think Grace Jones or Iman in a nightclub in Berlin or New York, not Neighbours-era Kylie.
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