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Oversized shoulders: the 80s on the SS18 catwalks

15 . 05 . 2018

A symbol of power, memory of the past or just pure and simple aesthetic divertissement? Answering this question is no joke because interpretation multiply when talking about the oversized volumes that characterised jackets and dresses on the runway. Spring-Summer 2018, in fact, is full of big proportions and sculpted shapes that give the female figure a retro, yet at the same time contemporary silhouette.

At Alexander McQueen, men’s fabrics create boxy jackets with patchwork details and important shoulders that give a gritty and strict appeal to the wearer. Same concept in 3.1 Phillip Lim collection with blazers and pinstriped vests.

Padded and enhanced shoulders also at the Versace fashion show, a clear tribute to the creator of the maison, Gianni. Here, they enrich boleros and little black dresses decorated with golden ramages and elements that recall past collections.

Also Alessandro Michele looks at the past, proposing for Gucci colourful Eighties-inspired jackets with particularly big shoulders, bringing the concept of oversize at its best.

More rounded shapes at Off-White, which takes inspiration from another style icon of the 1980s, Princess Diana.

Stella McCartney, finally, offers an all-female version of this trend through gathered, puff-sleeve dresses and jumpsuits that create a refined allure without being, however, less powerful.

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