Trend Report: 80s Style |
The 80’s – fashion’s decade of excess – is officially back. Iconic fashion features such as padded shoulders, bright metallics and acid wash denim have been resurrected, so whether you remember these trends the first time round or not, here's how to embrace the look.
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It all began with Attico. The luxe Italian brand – founded by It girls Giorgia Tordini and Gilda Ambrosia –burst onto the fashion scene with a bang. And what started as a brand for high-octane accessories (think feathered bags and glitzy ankle cuffs) quickly evolved into the designers’ take on modern Euro glam – that means lamé dresses, oversized Mom denim and heavily-sequined minis. Combine that with heavy 80s influences across a selection of high-end names - think statement shoulders and puff ball skirts at Saint Laurent, power suiting at Gucci and acid-infused jeans at Isabel Marant - and you have yourself a bona fide resurrection.

The trend’s runway origins may be more Dynasty than Diana, but the royal’s influence is tangible in the high street interpretation of the look. Alongside all the glitz and glam of the Attico-esque style sits cycling shorts and oversized sweatshirts, polka dot midis and puff-sleeved blouses - a quick google of 80s Princess Di will give you an idea of how to make the look work for everyday. Royals have a unique way of muting trends and making them more accessible, more wearable - so if you’re looking for inspo on how to pull off the look, we recommend turning to the OG style icon herself.

Elsewhere, the style set aren’t shying away from the maximalist version of the look - turn to cool girl Caro Daur in particular for a replicable - if not a little OTT - interpretation. Those after a more subtle injection of the trend should look to street style stars teaming colourful metallic pieces with pared-back black shoulders with softer shapes and lines, and glittering sequins with casual denim - consider careful balance the 21st century way to do the 80s. And if all else fails, load up on sparkly dresses and killer shoulders, and save them for the festive season. We guarantee this look will still have legs next season.

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