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.