Anyone in doubt about the latest retro era hitting fashion’s sweet spot should tap into Marc Jacobs’ Resort 17 collection, where the 80s was the message du jour.
That message was shouted loud and clear – from the voluminous silhouettes, the glitz and the glamour, to the branding and MTV references. Critics may say it was too literal an interpretation, but the 55 exits were brash and fun and came with a playful, youthful vibe that will influence the high street any day soon.
Expect to see over-dyed coloured denim cut into Desperately Seeking Susan-style skinny jeans and trim truckers, oversized studded bikers and fulsome crinoline skirts, voluminous sweatshirts and Dynasty-inspired bow-necked midi dresses.
Add a kaleidoscopic range of print and pattern (think skin prints, toucans and palm trees, camouflage and motocross checks), glittering badges and kitsch MTV branding, and this was a collection with instant youth appeal.
Voluminous sleeves, neatly tailored coats, belted waistlines and soft dirndls were straight from the 80s archive, along with the metallic leathers, lace and lames topped off with red fox. And that was before the accessories, with a range of knee-high boots in everything from leopard print to metallic snakeskin, and the swinging boxy shoulder purses on gilded chains, not to mention the models’ severely crimped hair.
And the influencer takeaways? The oversized branded sweats were high-street ready, along with the waisted pink jeans, the soft wrap dirndl skirts in metallic leather, and the badge-trimmed camo parkas.
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