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Eighties Fever

How to wear this season’s favourite decade

Words by Hollie Moat

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The decade of excess, of unabashed glamour, of girls just wanna have fun and ‘greed is good’ is back in its favourite place - the spotlight. A visual feast yes, but also an era capable of making even the most seasoned dresser nervous. Don’t be – here’s how to pull off the eighties, 2016 style…

 

1. Go big or go home

This season fashion titans are supersizing their eveningwear, so if you don’t want to fade into the background head to Saint Laurent, where Hedi Slimane’s collection is a love letter to eighties pomp. Moschino and Christian Siriano are also turning up the volume, and remember - the louder the better!

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Swap your bare legs (or opaques) for sheer black tights. An eighties staple and so Princess Di.

 

CHRISTIAN SIRIANO

bow detail gown

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EDDIE BORGO

short chain necklace

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SAINT LAURENT

layered shoulder mini dress

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DOLCE & GABBANA

'Belluci' pumps

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2. Embrace Lorenzo Serafini’s philosophy

Several seasons in and Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini has become a go-to for coolly elegant takes on the trends of the moment. No surprise then that this Italian has created one of the most modern and wearable eighties-inspired collections around. Think Siouxsie Sioux with a chic makeunder.

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Serafini’s black and red striped sweater ticks all the must-have boxes – ruffles, one shoulder, mohair. And you can wear it with jeans.

 

PHILOSOPHY DI LORENZO SERAFINI

one shoulder ruffle top

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PHILOSOPHY DI LORENZO SERAFINI

pleated layered sheer skirt

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PHILOSOPHY DI LORENZO SERAFINI

mini halterneck dress

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PHILOSOPHY DI LORENZO SERAFINI

belted high waist trousers

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3. Pick your perfect icon

The eighties truly has an icon for everyone, but will you channel glamorous Joan Collins in full Dynasty decadence (à la Roland Mouret), Madonna at her playful, rebellious peak (seen at Valentino), or the dramatic - weirdly timeless - Adam Ant (check out Balmain and Givenchy for proof).

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Some icons require more commitment than others – Adam Ant needs only a nautical jacket (avoid his make-up at all costs), but Joan Collins-fabulousness is a lifestyle, darling.

 

GIVENCHY

'Grain de Poudre' jacket

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DONDUP

'Luciae' military jacket

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ROLAND MOURET

'Galaham' gown

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VALENTINO

'Astro Couture' biker jacket

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4. Do denim, eighties style

Let’s be honest, eighties denim has a bad rep – but that’s because acid wash turned up and spoiled the party. In fact, the decade’s jazzy approach to jeans is the perfect way of adding some flair and personality to your weekend wardrobe. Try Off-White and Moschino for an AW16 take on retro classics.

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If the idea of bleached denim brings you out in a cold sweat, opt for a light stonewash as a softer, more subtle alternative.

 

R13

stonewashed cropped jeans

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OFF-WHITE

contrast panel boyfriend jeans

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MOSCHINO

distressed jeans

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OFF-WHITE

velvet patch jeans

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5. Be a vintage queen

Sometimes there’s nothing like the real thing – and fashion purists can indulge themselves with Yves Saint Laurent’s bold, maximalist phase. There’s eighties fun to be had in colour-blocked dresses and pussy-bow blouses that are more Michelle Pfeiffer than Maggie Thatcher.

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Eighties accessories – bright, chunky jewellery, legwarmers, elaborate hair decorations, are easy to recognise and easy to wear.

 

YVES SAINT LAURENT VINTAGE

sheer pussybow blouse

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CHANEL VINTAGE

gripoix cuff

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YVES SAINT LAURENT VINTAGE

strapless dress

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CHANEL VINTAGE

camellia hair clip

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