You can always trust Indian designer Manish Arora to stick to his guns and not fall victim to following the crowd. Though his latest collection was full of eccentric prints and the bright colour palette that has quickly become the designer's signature - particularly on dresses and jackets that came in structured and cocoon styles - it was a lot more accessible and wearable than what we've seen from him in the past.
Dresses either came with cut-outs in black and blue or came in peplum-like styles, which were circular and voluminous starting from the waist. This season's cocoon shape appeared on interesting jackets in pink, blue and orange print. Structured shoulders appeared on jackets but thankfully moved away from the overdone '80s versions that we've been subjected to for the past couple of seasons.
Each season Marc Jacobs' shows are the hottest ticket in town. Spring/Summer2010 was no exception. His younger more playful and dare we say cooler line, Marc by Marc Jacobs, did not disappoint. Bursting with vibrant patterns, clashing neons and all-wrapped-up in pretty bows, what more could any girl want. The main trend that will be ruling your wardrobes come spring time is the tribal print. From jodphur pants and graphic tees, to 40s skirts and all-in-ones, wear African-inspired pattern from head to toe.
Described as a nod to 80s youth culture, this trend is already making an impact on street style. We spotted this trendy Londoner at London Fashion Week wearing a denim jacket over a patterned play-suit, bearing a striking resemblance to the Marc by Marc Jacobs vision seen only a week before at New York Fashion Week. The little black boots make the outfit work all the way into winter, so maybe you won't have to wait until summer after all.
Sex and the City’s "try-sexual" career woman, Samantha Jones, is better known for her confidence in wearing uber-stylish, yet slightly brassy, power suits teamed up with lashings of yellow gold jewellery, haute couture accessories and, at worst, the odd fake designer bag.
However, we came across this snap; it appears that someone once took inspiration from Bonnie Tyler’s wardrobe. Snakeskin leggings, sheer nylon side panels, red buckled ankle boots, a fluorescent leopard print tank, and peroxide blonde 80s hair. Maybe Pixie Geldof could get away with that look – who’s currently sporting 80’s singer Billy Idol’s hair do, but we’re just not used to it on the pristinely turned out Sam we’ve become accustomed to.
Pringle's LFW afterparty will be bringing back the eighties revival, true and proper. Icons Joan and Jackie Collins are confirmed guests at the afterparty, and will no doubt be creating a stir on the front row seats of the catwalk show that same afternoon.
The all time, and first goddess of Beverly Hills, Jackie Collins is a literary legend, having sold 400 million books. Yes, 400 million! And older sister Joan isn't lacking in any iconic status, either. Having been the 80's 'Dynasty' queen, we have seen the influence she has had on designers such as Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci and Balenciaga, all bearing their glitz and glamour with shoulder padded glory on this season's catwalks. The 76-year-old actress also has a makeover show in the pipeline to air on ITV1 later this year, appropriately named 'Joan Does Glamour', which is currently in filming. No doubt the two sisterly beauties will be rocking London Fashion Week, and we can't wait!
Give your nails a colourful make-over in one of these quick drying, new shades from the Collection 2000 Hot Looks nail polish range.
In a homage to the 80s, the colours are available in a variety of exciting colours including, Hula Hoop (pink), Dynasty (Lilac), Wham (Grey) and Button Moon (Turquoise). Each are priced at just £1.79, so you can mix and match to suit your mood or outfit.
If there is one trend you have to incorporate into your wardrobe come fall, it's big shoulders. For A/W 2009/10 everyone from Dolce & Gabbana to Balmain sent models sashaying down the runway with larger than life shoulder padding, showing a new take on 80's power dressing.
If Balmain is not in your price point, H&M offer this amazing version for only £39.99
Styling tip: Keep accessories simple and let your shoulders do the talking
When the going get tough, go big - while this might not necessarily be a motto applicable to the real world, it can definetely be asserted in the sartorial sphere. When your fashion pennies are dwindling, its important to get every cent of fashion power from each garment you purchase. Spruce up any outfit with the '80s-inspired shoulder pad: They instantly pump up every ensemble with a blast from the past, one that transforms into a contemporary "wow factor". Forget designer and always thrift your shoulder pads instead - search through vintage heap piles for your own padded perfection. They sit nicely with pretty much any outfit and can be easily transformed from a day to a night look. Here, Frassy chooses a palette of pastel spring colours: pairing a quirky mint-green blazer (Vintage, London: Seven Pounds) with conventional Topshop finds. If your pockets can't plush out your style, surely a cheap pair of pads will...