Fashion editor Katie Burke takes a look at the 80s throwback.
Growing up I always had a love/hate relationship with the 80s, with hate having the upper hand. The 80s undoubtedly provided us with iconic movies and music. Feeling down? Turn on a bit of Whitney Houston and shimmy along to her classic hits. Want a feel-good movie? Look no further than silver-screen classics such as Dirty Dancing, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Although, attempting the Dirty Dancing lift should always come with a safety warning, and perhaps attempting to emulate Ferris by crashing your local St. Patrick’s Day parade to perform Twist and Shout is not advisable.
What always haunted me about the 80s was the clothing: think Dynasty, think Jane Fonda’s workout videos. The 80s was full of neon, high-rise leotards and leg warmers à la Fame. When I was roughly thirteen years old, walking into my local Penneys required sunglasses since the shop was filled wall to wall with luminous clothing, jewellery and shoes. This return of 80s neon was placed on top of already dodgy early 2000s styles, so I’m rather proud of tween me for steadfastly opposing this trend.
While over the past few seasons fashion has been having a love affair with the 60s and 70s, the 80s has reared its headband-clad head and is set to become the biggest trend of coming seasons. The Christmas season is the perfect time to dabble in this trend as it screams ‘party’. The benefit of this timing is that we do not have terrifying early 2000s trends to work with, or even be stuck in the 80s itself. Now that a couple of decades have passed we can select what elements of the decade were the least offensive and rework them to suit today’s standards.
Olivier Rousteing, the creative director of fashion house Balmain, is an avid fan of the shoulder pad and structured blazers. Oversized sleeves and contrasting silhouettes were also seen at the Yves Saint Laurent S/S 18 collection. The sparkles and metallic of the 80s are also making a return, alongside bright colours (but for everyone’s benefit, please say no neon). The Christmas party season is the ideal time to delve into this colourful and eye-catching trend as the high street have some fantastic options, as shown in this month’s shoot, that will have you not only feeling acceptable in the 80s, but in 2017/18 too.