Time af­ter time

The 1980s party dress re­turns to fash­ion 30 years later.


Crunch. That’s the sound of taffeta, ruched down the front or puffed up into vo­lu­mi­nous sleeves. Swoosh – that would be the sound of flo­ral bro­cade cinched into bub­ble mini-dresses, un­du­lat­ing ruf­fles (the big­ger the bet­ter, as the old 1980s adage goes) and bil­low­ing prom-wor­thy gowns at Toni Mat­icevski. The pow­er­ful com­bi­na­tion of fem­i­nine con­tours coun­tered with a strong-shoul­dered sil­hou­ette speaks to the times we are in now. The ap­peal? They are brazenly here for a party in ex­trav­a­gant fab­rics: glo­ri­ous liq­uid metallics or lus­ciously thick duchesse silks. And it’s about their au­da­cious shapes (hello, Bal­main) and the sheer phys­i­cal­ity of these gar­ments, like Au Jour Le Jour’s ex­ag­ger­ated bows, which amp up off-shoul­der neck­lines, or Is­abel Marant’s now-clas­sic dress shape of long-sleeved, draped mini-dress – ide­ally worn with fringed crys­tal ear­rings and pointed an­kle boots. Power dress­ing has been an on­go­ing theme in fash­ion – here’s to tak­ing it to the night.

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