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The ’80s Fashion Trend Will Live On for Another Spring Season

Being a scene stealer will come east next spring, thanks to a Spring/Summer 2020 womenswear trend that emphasizes power dressing, decadence and flash.

In a webinar co-hosted with UBM Fashion, Melissa Moylan, Fashion Snoops vice president, creative director-womenswear, described Scene, a Spring/Summer 2020 trend story that leads with bold ’80-inspired silhouettes and touches of a sci-fi elements.

“This story is inspired by a woman who is part of a scene, but she’s also prone to causing a scene herself,” she said.

In Scene, vibrant colors and shiny surfaces are a must. Red, pink, orange and pops of neon are among the bold colors Moylan suggested. It extends into a purple conversation, she added, which is balanced by soft tones like posy pink.

“This is definitely the place that you want to work in your metallic colors,” she said, noting that graphite will be one to watch. Dye effects deliver “explosive color,” while other prints like squiggles, gritty artwork and logo play up the trend’s retro roots.

Statement-making denim is a must for Scene. Denim mini-skirts with front slit side pockets are a classic ’80s option. The paper bag waist jean is also important, set to an extreme bleach denim. The skinny jean is renewed with prints, while jean jackets are oversized with metallic coatings. Moylan said interesting top-stitch details on denim are also trending.

Bella Thorne
Bella Thorne in denim mini skirt and power blazer. MediaPunch/Shutterstock

Key items include the “power blazer” with strong lapels and shoulders, bright suiting with a fluid construction and the pencil skirt, which has been dormant for the past few spring seasons.

“I think it’s a great time for it because it brings back that fitted silhouette,” Moylan said. “It’s above-the-knee, which is nice after seeing so much of the mid-calf silhouette.” Meanwhile, the puffed sleeve top—an example of the trend’s “more is more” approach to design—is refreshed in metallic lamé fabric. The sleeve detail can be used on tops or dresses. Overall, Moylan said dresses are getting shorter.

Accessories skew toward special occasion dressing. The embellished evening pouch, satin baguette bags and top-handle totes done in patent leather smack of the ’80s. Chain belts, statement earrings and cat-eye sunglasses add glamour. For footwear, Moylan named the ankle strap pump, the heeled sandal and the Mary Jane—redone with a stiletto heel—as key silhouettes to watch.