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80's Power Dressing - Key trends for Autumn Winter

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

The style of the 1980s has been reinvented with a new twist for Autumn/Winter 2009. We thought we had seen the last of shoulder pads and hair crimping, but designers the world over are re-creating the look that made Alexis Carrington an icon and brought power back to women in the boardroom.

Over the next 4 weeks we'll be looking at 4 key trends for Autumn Winter 09' to see how the looks are achieved and how the high street interprets the catwalk ideas.

The summer (or what was an excuse for summer.) is drawing to a close and we are now looking to what styles are coming off the runways to get us ready for the cold days ahead. The catwalks of London, Paris, Milan and New York dictate what style hits the high street and what inevitably ends up in our wardrobes.

Tanya Grimson-
Tanya Grimson is a Fashion stylist based in Dublin. Since graduating from London college of Fashion and working in leading publications such as Marie Claire in London she returned to Ireland to pursue her career as a fashion stylist.
Tanya has been actively working as a stylist in Ireland for 10 years and has worked for various publications such as The Gloss, Irish Tatler, Sunday Independent's Life Magazine, U Magazine, Confetti, VIP magazine, The Irish Times, Social and Personal and the RTE Guide, she has also worked as the Deputy Editor of Prudence magazine and was the Fashion Editor of Ivenus, Harmonia's online magazine and is currently the Fashion Editor of Irish Brides magazine.
Commercial clients include: Samui boutique, Sasha, Diffusion boutique, heatons, Peruzzi, Pulse accessories, Dunnes Stores, Michael H, Simply B, Oxendales, Applebe jewellers, Mad Flowers, Aer Lingus, Airwaves, Pulse, Lucinda Grey, Tricot Marine, Club Rugby, Dylon, Sheseido, House of Colour,
Tanya has also worked as a fashion journalist for publications such as Prudence, Ivenus, Irish Brides and The Irish Times and is currently involved in fashion production for many of her clients.

80s Power Dressing:-
"Get empowered with razor -sharp shapes that echo 1980s power dressing."
Image Magazine, September 09
This years runway shows echoed the presence of strong women throughout the world with clothes designed to empower and embolden.
"Bold colours, strong silhouettes and tough but luxurious fabrics dominated the shows, as the designers delivered serious sartorial armour for our times."
Lucy Yeomans, Editor, Harpers Bazaar, September 09

1980s Fashion history shows that as the trend for female identity in the workplace took hold, so shoulder width grew. Progressively larger shoulder pads were used to support the wider cut of sleeves. This was reflected in tv shows such as Dynasty & Dallas, with large puffed shoulders and cinched in waists.
To soften the masculine effect of the strong shoulder, the sleeves of jackets and blouses were worn pushed up or rolled up (often with gold, elatisticated sleeve holders) to reveal snazzy contrast jacket linings which in itself was a way of accessorizing it.

Designers who featured this look in their A/W 09 shows included Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Hervé Leger, Zac Posen, Dolce & Gabbanna, Balenciaga and Givenchy. It is currently being replicated all over the high street.

Tanya's Tips:-

. It is hard to ignore one of the biggest trends of the season, the return of the 80s, but this time it's less "Bananarama" and more Krystle Carrington with a slice of Grace Jones for good measure,
. An array of designers like Mark Jacobs, Dolce and Gabbana and Gucci all featured their take on this sort of, extravagantly styled decade.
. The strong shoulder has become the detail d'jour this season and is essential to pulling off this trend, so whether through balloon sleeved shoulders or more structured shoulder pads, it is without a doubt the season of the shoulder.
. Other details include lace touches whether in the shape of leggings or gloves, while sequins and lame all create an '80s story. Cocktail dresses in the shape of Dynasty's finest are plentiful offering ruched and tulip shapes while fabrics remain shiny and bright for true 80s style.

The most visited sections of website "" are the fashion sections. People are crying out for "how-tos" on pulling off the 80s look. What is clear is this - the 80s are back, albeit in a tongue- in-cheek kind of way.

The nostalgia circle apparently runs in 20 year cycles. That was certainly true in the 80s when teenagers thought everything from 60s was cool - the music, the clothes, the mind-set. We are seeing that with teens today. Suddenly, their 80s-era mom is just a little cooler than she used to be, and the stuff that she just never got round to throwing out is now high fashion once more.

Look 1:
Print dress, €21, Penneys
Clutch, €29, Warehouse
Shoes, €TBC, Karen Millen

Look 2:
Gold dress, €230, Coast
Bag, €125 at Karen Millen
Shoes €TBC, Karen Millen

Look 3
Dress, €1,295 RM at Costume
Bag, €58, Coast
Shoes, €106, Topshop

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