Excessive is the key word!
The 80’s are definitely back, we saw this trend on the catwalks of most designers, their latest collections were clearly inspired by the exuberance of these years.
The Roof Gardens, one of the hottest nightclubs in London, was in the 80’s THE place to be and to be seen. On the top of a building in Kensington that had housed Biba, the trendiest shop of an era, The Roof Gardens was opened in 1978 in a 6.000 m2 amazing garden but sadly has just closed its doors in January this year, after 4 decades of wild parties filled with celebrities, from royals to rock stars, as exuberant as the 4 flamingos that live in its garden. So, if you really want to know how were the on-trend people dressed in the 80’s, that’s where you have to look for inspiration.
Madonna, Freddy Mercury, The Rolling Stones, the "peacock punk" Boy George and anyone who was anyone partied at the Roof Gardens, dressed in neon colours, over-sized jackets with big shoulder pads, big hair, loud makeup, lamé, sequins, puffy sleeves, big bows, animal prints, balonné dresses, lots of ruffles and white boots, all dancing to the New-Romantics like Adam Ant, Duran Duran, and Depeche Mode or pop groups as New Order, Prince, the B52’s and the Police.
Everything about the 80’s was extremely loud and extremely fun and dressing up was all about expressing your individualism and of course, being noticed!
In the following decades, the excesses of the 80’s style were strongly criticized and mocked by the polished minimalists but because fashion is cyclic, the young people and designers have slowly started to look back to find inspiration in the 80’s looks. That's why we are wearing now Mom jeans, Ugly sneakers, denim oversized jackets with several brooches pinned on the lapels, white boots with thin heels, thicker eyebrows à la Brooke Shields, while watching the TV shows "Dynasty" and "Stranger Things". We're even waiting with excitement to go to the comeback shows from Depeche Mode and Rick Ashley or see New Order play at Coachella!
For evening dresses, this season you can’t go wrong if you choose the 80’s trend! To help you find your right evening dress, here are somethings you should look for:
In the 80’s and in 2018, the evening dresses are one-shoulder only or with huge shoulders as at Balenciaga and Marc Jacobs’ shows. The puffy sleeves and puffy skirts, layers of ruffles like Cyndi Lauper and the diaphanous fabrics we saw at Oscar de la Renta, Chloe, Bottega Veneta, Loewe, Céline, June Watanabe and Isabelle Marant, all remind us the 80’s New Romantics with their incredible mix of dandy pirates and military style.
Marni, Prada, Molly Goddard, Sonia Rykiel and Valentino to name a few, chose bright yellows, pinks and oranges, neon colours and plastic fabrics for their collections. You can wear florals or colour block dresses, as long as in bright loud colours.
In the 80’s, neon colours were not enough, you also needed some shiny fabrics such as Taffeta or Lamé and lots of sequins. In 2018 you can wear shinny glitter and sequins day and night. Chanel made wonderful glitter boots and metallic minidresses and Balmain, Molly Goddard, Rodarte and Jill Stuart’s collections are full of sequins and glitter.
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