Retro Fall Fashions

If you haven’t noticed that ’80s fashion trends are on their way back in, albeit with 21st century revisions, then it’s time to perk up and pay attention. Glam rockers, adorned with a dizzying array of embellishments, shoulder pads, and punkish silhouettes with sharp, defined edges, were spotted all over the Fall/Winter runways.

Recently I had the opportunity to view Julien Macdonald’s seasonal collection. Known for his habitual adoration of everything sensual and over-the-top, the designer to the stars is making a comeback in 2009, claiming to have reformed his wild ways and rededicating himself to the cause of making women look and feel über sexy. Macdonald did not buck the trends this season and filled his line with oversized shoulders and gowns engulfed in Swarovski crystals and tiny mirrors.

Another tastemaker that has been spotted on all of the best bodies both here in the States as well as abroad is the Emilio Pucci label. With Peter Dundas now at the helm, having replaced Matthew Williamson as creative director, fashionistas will find a fresh take on the famous Pucci prints. Military-inspired colors and cuts were a prevalent theme for Fall/Winter, along with some resurrected prints from the 1957 archives.

So whether you choose Chanel jellies or Louis Vuitton bejeweled satin leggings, the time has come to take your wardrobe retro. Here are a few looks to inspire your next session of retail therapy.

Loren Ridinger