Big shoulders, cinched waists and oversized cuts: Fashion does the 1980s

Saint Laurent paid vibrant homage to the 1980s with a fall/winter 2018 collection featuring big shoulders, in particular. ― AFP pix
Saint Laurent paid vibrant homage to the 1980s with a fall/winter 2018 collection featuring big shoulders, in particular. ― AFP pix

NEW YORK, April 16 ― While labels and designers make regular nods to the 1980s, the decade's optimistic and quirky style was all over the runways during the recent fall/winter 2018-2019 fashion shows. Whether it's the positive attitude, the spirit of provocation, or to bring some colour and shine to everyday wardrobes ― no matter what the reason for this revival, brands have clearly set the tone of the upcoming season with big shoulders, cinched waists, oversized cuts and lashings of sparkles.

Many fashion fans ― and the public in general ― consider the '80s to be the worst decade for fashion. And yet, the decade's signature traits made a huge comeback on the catwalks during the fall/winter 2018 fashion shows, held in February and March. Designers have had loads of fun reviving this decade, notable for its sportswear vibe, provocative attitude, eye-catching materials and limitless boundary-breaking.

There were lots of subtle nods to the '80s in the Isabel Marant fall/winter 2018-2019 show, like this oversized sweater.
There were lots of subtle nods to the '80s in the Isabel Marant fall/winter 2018-2019 show, like this oversized sweater.

But, rest assured, as while shoulder pads and oversized cuts are definitely back, they have also been updated with a fresh, contemporary feel. Designers have been strongly inspired by the '80s, but they have only kept the decade's best. Indeed, the many oversized, baggy pieces are essentially an extension of the sportswear trend that has flooded catwalks in recent seasons.

Watch out for big shoulders this fall ― seen at Saint Laurent and Balmain ― as well as lamé, metallic effects, and lashings of sparkling glitter, seen on the catwalks of the four fashion capitals, particularly Paris.

Here's a look at some of the 1980s-inspired pieces spotted on the catwalks of the recent fashion month. ― AFP-Relaxnews

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