Wednesday 23 October 2019

Darren Kennedy: Channel the Eighties vibe with these throwback pieces

 

Alessandra Rich Spring/Summer 2019
Alessandra Rich Spring/Summer 2019
Alessandra Rich Spring/Summer 2019
Granted, she does have the role of ‘Angel’ on her CV thanks to her Victoria’s Secret contract, but in this gown, Elsa Hosk does look heavenly. The model attended The Naked Heart Foundation’s recent charity gala in Geneva in an ethereal white Alberta Ferretti number with batwing sleeves, bow detail and a diaphanous skirt.
‘Tori’ hammered silk headband, €168, JenniferBehr.com
Floral Print Dress, €39.95, Zara.com
Bow-back shoes, €30, Monki.com
Aveda shampoo
Gold and Emerald Bangle, €875, Mallarino at NetAPorter.com
Darren Kennedy

Darren Kennedy

It's often called the decade that fashion forgot, but modern-day designers can't seem to stop referencing the 1980s.

Thanks to breakout brands like Alessandra Rich and Attico, the big-hair-and-bigger-shoulders vibe is catching on. Rich, famed for her diamanté chandelier earrings, explored the genre in her Spring/Summer lookbook. Her garments married a Lady of the Manor aesthetic with that of a vintage debutante: think giant, costume necklaces, satin headbands, shiny taffeta and twin-sets with dainty court shoes. At Attico, the Italian designers are making a bid to become the  1980s cool girl label of choice, with no shortage of sweetheart necklines, gold over-the-knee boots and lilac leather.  How does the saying go... 'more is more'?

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‘Tori’ hammered silk headband, €168, JenniferBehr.com
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Floral Print Dress, €39.95, Zara.com
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Bow-back shoes, €30, Monki.com

One for the boys

Shampoo is many things - but it's certainly not one size fits all. In summer, men may find they are washing their hair more often due to the heat, which brings out more oils in your scalp than in winter. A texturising shampoo might come in handy, as it brings out texture without stripping the natural oils in your hair. For others, a product that soothes strands in the humidity might be the ideal. Similarly, an exfoliating shampoo with salicylic acid can help remove build-up and deep clean your scalp: ideal after a hot sun holiday. My overall advice? Ask an expert (like your barber) what specific product you need to invest in this season.

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Aveda shampoo

Invati Exfoliating Shampoo, €30.45, Aveda at Petals.ie

Top Tip

The ultra-mini 1980s party dress is definitely in, but without the right accessories, the look can quickly veer from fashion-forward to costume party. A word to the wise: if the hemline is on the risqué side, then it's best to stick to a small, elegant heel. Similarly, if the dress has shoulder pads and a high neckline, then an understated hair and makeup look will work best.

Wish list

Gold and emerald bangle, €875, Mallarino at NetAPorter.com

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Gold and Emerald Bangle, €875, Mallarino at NetAPorter.com

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