the first day of fashion week made one thing clear to me (in case you didn’t know already): the eighties in all their glory (or horror) are back in a big way. the three shows i went to are all different in terms of their “girl,” but judging by the clothes, everyone wants to go back to the days of acid wash jeans, leather, and off the shoulder “flashdance” tops.
at twinkle by wenlan, wenlan chia said the collection would be based in the spirit of yoko ono or blondie, but i think it was more of the latter than the former. colors were punchy and the prints were florals mixed with stripes or abstract paint splatters. floaty tops with transparent sections were worn with matching skinny capris, cuffed shorts with pretty pleated blouses, but the majority of the looks were dresses, mostly short, with halter necklines, pleated dropped waists, or interesting back details (like cowl backs or collars in the back).
charlotte ronson had her typical rockstar crowd, highlighted by her sister samantha dj’ing and russell simmons, mark ronson and nicky hilton in the front row. on the runway, the 80s theme continued with leather shorts, mesh wrapped dresses, strong shoulders, boyfriend blazers worn with loose shorts, and side lace up leggings. it wasn’t my particular cup of tea, but it was a big improvement over her previous collections and seemed a bit more grown up.
finally, my day ended at erin wasson, where 80s theme was brought to a new level. instead of a dj, she had the band gang gang playing live with imagery projected on a large screen. i felt like i was back in high school when i saw the knit leggings, off the shoulder striped sailor tees, pieced cutoff shorts, and acid wash tops with longer shirttail back. it was just the kind of looks that gossip girl’s taylor momsen (who sat in the front row) would covet.
twinkle and erin wasson pics from coutorture; ronson pics from style.com