LA FASHION WEEK DAY 2: The ’80s Are Back (And Bigger Than Ever)

Eighties trends have spun right back around, ‘like a record baby right round, right round!’

Front Row for day two of LA Fashion Week’s Autumn/Winter 2019 season, I noticed an overarching theme for womenswear: go ‘80s-shoulder-pads big, or go home.

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Designer Romy Hourani’s Autumn/Winter 2019 collection may not have had shoulder-pads per say, but she paid homage to the time period while modernizing it to fit today’s woman. The collection is for “a woman who likes to take care of herself, who wants to feel beautiful because in the ’80s, they really went all out,” she told Krischic Media.

The society of LA style, I truly believe is ready to diversify from the minimalism trend—(minimalism in lifestyle is a different story. Netflix’s Tidying Up is a clear indication of that). The Romy Collection is a clear indication that west coast womenswear is moving into jumpsuits and dresses in bold patterns like Zebra print, billowy, see-through sleeves of primary colors, and structured shoulders.

Aya by DK, another womenswear brand at LAFW this year, also managed to introduce how over-the-top ensembles could work in LA. Designer Dina Kabdolla, who originates from Kazakhstan but studied fashion design at FIDM is the ultimate embodiment of east-meets-west inspiration. Her brand, which is inspired by her daughter Aya, has been worn by stars like Camilla Cabello and Bebe Rexha—two LA-based singing sensations. This is how her most recent collection makes the design dichotomy seamless: mixing monarchical textures and bold colors reminiscent of the Ottoman Empire with streetwear, she told Krischic Media.

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I managed to unintentionally trend-forecast what would come down the runway by sporting an all-out ‘80s look just like the models showcasing the Romy Collection! As my long-time followers know, I have called dibs on all of my mother’s to-die-for ‘80s and’90s-wear. This blue and green hounds tooth dress is one of them! Who knew that this color-combo in such a throwback print would come back in fashion just in time for me to rock this dress? In fact, Chanel’s Autumn/Winter 2019 runway, the last one that the late, legendary Karl Lagerfeld designed (RIP), had a similar ocean-hued fit.

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Here’s the key question to my ‘80s ensemble: what piece is the focal point? There really isn’t one because from the dress to the accessories, attention is demanded in full. I pulled my hair in a sleek, high ponytail to bring awareness to my oval gold earrings (also stolen from my mom, oops!). These ear ornaments pick up on the gold buttons on the dress and the logo on my Gucci loafers. The heels are another conversational piece because of the pearl that adorn the heels.

For More LAFW Week coverage, head to my Instagram highlight of LAFW.

Keeping it Krischic,

Kristin Vartan

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