Whether you love or hate it, get ready to see fashion from the 80s come back with full force in this Summer and Fall 2018 collections. These upcoming seasons will revitalize polka dots, shoulder pads, bright pink, orange, yellow and neon colors and even fanny packs…yes fanny packs! Not to worry, they’re quite chic and look much more like purses than the embarrassing thing your stepdad wore to the water park. I mean, who wouldn’t want a fanny pack if they weren’t so utterly repulsive? Especially during the Summer when your hands are sweaty, and your purse straps can literally burn your skin.
So, are the 80s really coming back? Designers like Gucci and Saint Laurent have already created pieces showcasing flowy, Peacockian sleeves. Bike shorts are back, as is tulle; You know, the fabric that looks like a tutu. Apparently, that’s what’s in. That’s exactly what I want catching my sweat chaffing against my legs as I walk in the Scorching Sun, an itchy, transparent, functionless piece of cloth.
I want to stay positive and try to look at this latest fashion as an opportunity to re-explore what I really hated about the 80s style to reconfigure my brain into liking it, but I don’t think I can. I think I look at these puffy sleeves and bright neon colors and wonder, are these designers really this uninspired that they must recycle what I consider to be one of the most embarrassing fashion decades of this country’s history?
But my mind starts to change as I look at Saint Laurent’s Fall 2018 collection which has some rather inspiring pieces. Then I see Myrthe Bolt wearing an outfit from Givency’s collection and fall in love with the underlying richness this decade offered. I mean truly, the Versace Collection for this fall is simply mesmerizing. The juxtaposition of patterns served with such beauty and class really demonstrates Versace’s ability to adapt and inspire all those around him.
And I love the variety of colors and patterns we can look forward to. Tom Ford’s Fall and Winter 2018 collection is captivating. While it borrows from the 80s, the looks are undeniably encompassing of the spirit of today. There’s something so romantic about the bright floral colors and delicate scarves ensembled with a fedora or a fur coat. And the lace, I know I said some bad things about the tulle, but I get it, I really do. This is the time in fashion to try it all. I fully plan on stocking up on animal prints and maybe even a fanny (fancy?) pack, but plan on avoiding altogether any skyscraper shoulder pads or puffed out sleeves; I’d like to avoid (as much as I can) resembling the dinosaur in the original Jurassic Park who kills Newman. The bike shorts can go too please. I will take back everything else I said about the 80s. Only some of its trends were embarrassing, but I couldn’t be more excited about some of these designers’ collections for this Fall and Spring.