1980s Trend

While the ‘90s have been a runway mainstay for the past few seasons, some designers had a bigger #TBT on their minds, taking us on a time traveling trip in the DeLorean one full decade backwards. Think full-out 1980s excess, starring accentuated shoulders, power suits, logo-prints and other decade stars.

Leaving Kurt Cobain in 2013, Saint Laurent designer Hedi Slimane embraced another vintage icon, 1980s fashion great Christian Lacroix, with sequined stripe tube tops, oversized power blazers combined with leather minis and an overblown graphic ruffle of a printed mini dress.

Balmain designer Olivier Rousteing heavily leaned on good old Chanel, re-imagining house staples like quilting, chain-links and heavy buttons in matching skirt suits. Houndstooth made its way onto oversized power suits á la Working Girl 2.0

Even Rodarte went uncharacteristically trashy, embracing the decade’s rockstar girlfriends in bodycon animal prints, seriously mini short shorts and fringe a plenty. And Alexander Wang matched his love for the street with 1980s logomania, emblazoning parental advisory slogans on a sheer sweatshirt. Think “Frankie Says Relax” for a whole new generation.

When it comes to Spring 2014 fashion statements, blowing it out of proportion isn’t the worst idea in the world. After all, what did 1980s excess teach us more than anything? Bigger is always better.