All that glitters: The nighttime soap “Dynasty” celebrated an era of excess, complete with shimmering fashions worn by leads including Evans and Joan Collins. This year, the recession was a second thought to designers like Oscar de la Renta, who included several furs in his show, and Giorgio Armani. Aside from sculpted jackets — throwbacks to the days of the TV shows Carrington clan? — Armani, a PETA-taunting fur lover, showed crystal-dusted gowns with matching, similarly dusted flat boots.
Griffiths Tess McGill could hold her own under the weight of a power suit, but she also knew how to dress “like a woman, not like a woman thinks a man would dress if he was a woman.” Lucky for Tess, Dolce & Gabbana and Gucci showed some lovely ‘80s-style cocktail dresses.
Big wasn’t only in with the clothing trends. Check out this model-turned-actress’s brows from a 1983 shoot for McCall Pattern Co. Shields revisited the look as recently as last fall. Thick eyebrows were in full force on the runways, but the Trish McEvoy Brow Builder is a DIY solution for those of us primping sans stylist.
How would the movie’s warring richie preps and New Wave outsiders fare in today’s fashion world? The big jackets and high-waisted chinos on pretty-boy Blane (Andrew McCarthy) might need an update -- or can just be recycied as women’s wear -- but Duckie’s (Jon Cryer) skinny jeans and Andie’s (Molly Ringwald) leggings and layers have been a part of street fashion for years. See, geeks win in the end.
Beals’ off-the-shoulder baggy sweaters and leg warmers no longer need to be relegated to the gym. And these looks can come cheap.
Since most trendy ‘80s styles are not overly embellished, they are more cost-effective for designers to produce, which makes sense in a time when even luxury companies have to cut back, L.A. Times fashion critic Booth Moore points out. The flip side is that you don’t need to pay top dollar for leggings and oversized sweaters, which are easy for Zara, H&M and others to copy.
Most of the styles worn by Ridgemont High’s resident relationship expert (Cates, here with Jennifer Jason Leigh) are popping up on the runway and in street fashion. Baggy sweaters? Check. Leggings under shorts? Done. But no red bikini sightings quite yet.
Workout fashions from the ‘80s — the stripes, belts and leggings that Fonda and singer Olivia Newton-John made famous — have left the gym and hit the streets instead. To find out what to wear to the gym these days, check out our assessment of L.A. fitness fashions.
Lauper’s signature funky jewelry, stomping boots and rocker-chic tulle and lace skirts would fit right in on the Melrose Avenue of today and yesterday. Girls who want to have some fun with todays puffy skirts or chain-metal detailing and can check out Marc Jacobs Louis Vuitton and Roberto Cavallis collections.
The “Love Is a Battlefield” singe's most famous looks might be her smoky eyes (which Thakoon showed in New York) and leather bottoms. In this photo of a 1984 concert, she shows off another retro trend making a comeback: rolled-up acid-washed jeans. Marc Jacobs and Donna Karan pegged their pants in New York]. To find out how to peg a pair of pants, click here.
The singer’s gender-bending leather pants and bomber jackets fit right in with today’s fashions. Tough-chic looks were on the runways, including bombers or black leather leggings paired with long boyfriend jackets. Bloomingdale’s fashion director Stephanie Solomon told The Times’ Booth Moore that leather leggings are “blowing out of her stores.
Never one to miss a chance at the limelight, Jones appropriately made an appearance at the fall-winter 2009 New York Fashion Week.