Take these ingredients: a handful of political changes, a bit of economic growth, several social issues and much, much music.
You will get this explosive mixture: the Eighties, the most revolutionary, crazy and creative decade in history.
More than any other decade, the Eighties push personal creativity and self-expression to their limits. These years are the perfect scenario for a sophisticated network of eclectic artists, designers, filmmakers and musicians, but also youth subcultures and, ça va sans dire, for fashion and style.
The most exciting thing about the Eighties is that they can't be described in one single trend: streetstyle fashion goes in every direction like sparks of a firework, establishing group identity rules and schools of thought.
The streets are flooded with romantic punks inspired to Vivienne Westwood, designer and wife to the Sex Pistols' manager; yuppies climb the top of their careers in Armani suits; in Milan, the fashion-obsessed “paninari” hang out in fast-foods with some kind of bored nonchalance, wearing Moncler, C.P Company, El Charro, Levi’s, Timberland and Stone Island. Everyone has the right to express their personality as they like and to be inspired by what they love. In short, they are free to experience the thrill of being themselves.
These levels of creativity are ideal for a massive art production, both in music and in cinema. The exchange of inspirations between fashion and cinema is definitely passionate and animated: when Flashdance (1983) and Footloose (1984) are released, youngsters all around the world go plain crazy.
It is agreed: these movies will establish the fashion must-haves of cool kids. The most beautiful thing about Flashdance and Footloose is that they focus on activewear, comfort and a dynamic life, with that attitude half sporty, half nonchalant, absolutely “cool”.
Girls are bold but feminine, just like Alex Owens in Flashdance, daytime welder, nighttime dancer: they show off super tight, colorful leggings, leg warmers in neutral colors over pumps, oversized sweaters showing a peek of the shoulders. The leading character is the cut-high, tight bodysuit, sexy but sporty like Jane Fonda. Jumpsuits, that Alex wears to go working to the steel mill, is a fashion cult that can be used from day to night. Smart and strong, girls wear menswear with seductive details: one for all, the tuxedo shirt, audaciously cut as a (revised) Diane Keaton.
The Footloose man inspiration comes from the rebel main character Ren McCormack: charismatic, fascinating and athletic, he wears beautiful cult pieces such as perfectly-cut Levi's jeans, the white tank top like a modern Marlon Brando and the easy leather jacket for the rebels; finally, casual, slightly tight t-shirts and trousers and rebel, cool sneakers perfect for getting crazy, running and dancing around.
There's a scene in the movie where Ren says: “There is a time for every purpose under heaven. A time to laugh, and a time to weep. A time to mourn... and there is a time to dance. See, this is our time to dance. It is our way of celebrating life”.
Freedom is an essential feature of the Eighties, and its cheerful, sparkling fashion like bubbles in a champagne glass. In fact, several pieces from the Eighties cyclically come back: finding again their comfort, simplicity, fun and coolness is good from head to heart.
If you're looking for freedom and light heartedness, start from your wardrobe.
We selected few statement, high quality pieces from the Eighties, that you can introduce in your contemporary wardrobe. In our store and online shop your will find these original, unique pieces from the most cheerful period in history.