Spring into an ’80s re­vival

Wear the look with con­fi­dence, says David Jones am­bas­sador Jesinta Franklin

Life & Style Weekend - - CLOSET - WITH Chan­tay Lo­gan Pho­tos: Jerad Wil­liams. Model: Abbey Ma­her. Fash­ion: All looks at David Jones, david­jones.com.au. Lo­ca­tion: Ya­m­a­gen at QT Gold Coast

DAVID Jones am­bas­sador Jesinta Franklin says evening wear is get­ting an ’80s makeover.

“The vel­vets, the satins, the ex­ag­ger­ated shoul­ders – this is my favourite trend for spring be­cause it’s so much fun,” she says.

“It’s a look that has to be worn with con­fi­dence. Love what you wear and just own it.”

Jesinta, who con­fesses that an ’80s ob­ses­sion is also tak­ing over her Spo­tify playlist, prefers a pow­er­ful sil­hou­ette, with jump­suits pro­vid­ing an all-in-one state­ment.

Shoul­der pads are back (a tricky trend Carla Zam­patti in­cor­po­rates with eter­nal ele­gance) and so are sin­gle-shoul­der sil­hou­ettes – Li­on­ess does an in­ex­pen­sive ver­sion that ticks two trend boxes. Black looks par­tic­u­larly rav­ish­ing in a plush vel­vet, or dare to disco in a molten metal­lic cock­tail dress. Siren-red hues suit the bold brief, but a fab­ric with sheen will paint even pretty pas­tels in a fresh light.

Ac­ces­sories are an in­ex­pen­sive way to dip a toe in the trend (in­tro­duce vel­vet shoes or a glam clutch to your cur­rent cock­tail crop) or help you em­brace the fash­ion cli­mate in all its glory.

Ear­rings are the place to make a state­ment, with Os­car De La Renta’s sparkly shoul­der-dusters epit­o­mis­ing mid­night glam­our.

LOOK 1: Aje Si­enna Dress, $695; Os­car De La Renta Teardrop Framed Crys­tal Ear­rings, $675; and Stuart Weitz­man Myex Slim Strappy San­dal in Plat­inum Noir, $795.

LOOK 2: Li­on­ess The Bold And Beau­ti­ful Jump­suit, $109; Os­car De La Renta Teardrop Framed Crys­tal Ear­rings, $675; and Carvela Kurt Geiger Gigi black vel­vet san­dals, $190.

LOOK 3: Bec & Bridge Shimmy Nights Cowl Midi, $220, Sa­man­tha Wills neck­lace $249, Sa­man­tha Wills Bo­hemian Bar­dot Ring, $79.95, Carvela Kurt Geiger Gigi black vel­vet san­dals, $190, and Gre­gory Lad­ner clutch, $69.95.

LOOK 4: Self-Por­trait High Neck Star Lace Panelled Dress, $469; Sa­man­tha Wills Bo­hemian Bar­dot Ring, $79.95; Carvela Kurt Geiger Gigi black vel­vet san­dals, $190; and Gre­gory Lad­ner clutch, $69.95.

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