One of the least welcomed trends this season was the 80s. If highlighter pen neon is your thing, then you’ll be happy. Designers rebelled against the credit crunch this season, opting for bright colours and 80s silhouettes, as opposed to a black heavy pessimistic outlook that was initially expected.
There’s nothing I love better than a good tuxedo jacket. They have the ability to take you from the day to the evening effortlessly and can instantly make a pair of skinny jeans look smart. This season we’re spoilt for choice. Styles ranged from cropped versions in black that look perfect teamed with a dress for the evening. Designers like Stella McCartney and Thakoon opted for masculine oversized versions. Styled with last season’s peg legged trousers, you can easily achieve a clean, polished look with those shapes. Nicholas Ghesquiere at Balenciaga provided strong classic tuxedo jackets that will definitely be worth investing in come fall, because you can rely on it to take you from season to season.
Don't know what to get your mum for Mother's Day? Appearing in the latest ad campaign for French brand Comptoir des Cotonniers isn't a bad place to start. The classic brand shies away from celebrities or well known models, opting for mother-daughter duos.
I have a confession. I have what they call an 'addictive' personality. Not in the drinking, smoking, drugs sense but for 'fashion' TV shows. 'Sex and the City', 'The O.C', 'Stylista', 'America's Next Top Model'; I watch them all. I vowed not to add another TV show to this ever growing list but in doing so, I managed to get sucked into watching 'Gossip Girl'.
You can imagine my delight then, when I picked up this copy of Rolling Stone magazine, featuring the whole cast.
Emmy Rossum celebrates her curves on the April cover of Details magazine, on stands next week. In this issue, 'The Day After Tomorrow' actress talks about her move to LA from New York saying, “I miss [the Big Apple]. I miss the noise at night. If it’s too quiet here [in LA] I can’t sleep. I want one of those noise generators that make beautiful wind – only I want one that makes car alarms.”
It’s official: I’m addicted to leather. After seeing Mary-Kate Olsen wearing leather trousers to the Chanel show last season I was convinced. Growing on the success of last season’s leather trousers and wet-look leggings, leather has made a huge comeback. Every designer worth their retail space showcased leather on everything from trousers to floor-length coats to hats. Not to miss out on trend, Stella McCartney showed a fabric similar to leather.
Shoulders were the focal point at many a show this season. The saying goes that when the world goes through an economic crisis hemlines get lower. Not this time. Designers focused on strong shoulders rather than austerity. Many fashion commentators deduced that served to represent strong women that are ready to face the current economic situation head on, as Alber Elbaz pointed out at Lanvin. Shoulders ranged from soft curved shapes, at Antonio Berardi, to severe shapes at Balmain and Julien Macdonald that showed evidence of science fiction influences. I’m sure many of you are getting bad flash backs of over-the-top 80s padding as you read this, but there is a plus to this trend. Designers like John Rocha accentuated both the shoulders and the hip, which helped take a few inches off the models' waists (not like they need it).
Saying draping is everywhere is nearly as much of a cliche as saying that decade is back. From Balenciaga to Lacroix, designers are advising us to channel our inner Greco-Roman statues (which were, not so subtly, referenced on the Viktor & Rolf runway). Known most for its red-carpet frocks, Marchesa pulled out a top or two that can take this trend more casual. Copies predicted at Topshop no later than next month.
The upshot of so many people going 80s is that remaining designers are displaying the clean structure associated with parts of that decade. Whether that means crisp shoulders and a nipped-in waist on a blazer or nearly straight lines on a Jil Sander shift is left to personal preference. Balmain's interpretation placed an angular jacket with a bright-blue sequinned skirt, striking perhaps the most middle-of-the-road balance with The Bad Decade and, well, realistic cool factor. So get thee to a tailor, my friend. The looks are here, and they should fit perfectly.
This season’s woman is a “warrior”, said Alber Elbaz backstage before his show. This definitely shone through the clothing this season. Designers reinvented 80s power dressing with strong structured shapes and sharp tailoring but in a feminine way. Women no longer need to wear huge shoulder pads a la Margaret Thatcher and dress in a masculine way to be taken seriously in the workplace. Looks were strong but were feminine. Dresses were nipped at the waist accentuating the female form and skirts were beautifully slit at the side, flashing a bit of leg.