1980s fashion inspiration spreads to Milan catwalks

Sun Mar 1, 2009 10:43am EST
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By Marie-Louise Gumuchian

MILAN (Reuters) - Looking to the 1980s for fashion inspiration has spread to the Milan catwalks, with Italian designers playing with the decade's bold style for next winter's womenswear.

At New York fashion week last month, designers looked to 1980s-style power dressing, bringing out broad-shouldered jackets, high-necked blouses and careful pleats. There was also a strong focus on shoulders at London Fashion week.

At the Milan autumn/winter 2009/2010 shows, top names have also turned back in time, with a slightly more playful twist.

The doyen of Italian fashion, Giorgio Armani, looked to update 1980s fashion with glossy fabrics and shiny patent black caps and long gloves at his womenswear show.

He studded little black dresses with diamente ornaments at the front or on the side, and put sparkly beading all over longer evening gowns. Boots were also embroidered.

"I wanted a strong, determined woman," Armani was quoted as saying by Italian paper MF Fashion. "I played with proportion, with credits to the '80s to define a new classic."

Gucci's glitzy collection also seemed a throwback to the 1980s, with the clothes said to be inspired by "a glittering, glamorous time, when going out was a way of life." The line was rooted in the style of then fashion icon, Tina Chow.


<p>A model displays a creation by Italian designer Giorgio Armani during his Fall/Winter 2009/10 women's collection show at Milan Fashion Week February 27, 2009. REUTERS/Chris Helgren</p>