Professional Jeweler Archive: The Big Eighties

September 2000

Professional Insider: Trend Spotting

The Big Eighties

Get ready for the return of power suits, spike heels and -- oh, the horror -- big hair

Retro regurgitation is occurring at an alarming rate on the fashion scene. It’s the dawn of the ’00s – and uh-oh – the eighties are already back on the fashion scene with a hard-charging vengeance. Look out for big bold padded shoulders, nipped-in waists, a lot of leather and a plethora of pleather.

Dynasty Redux

Eighties’ “Dynasty” divas Krystal and Alexis would be pleased to wear the latest designs from Versace, Gucci and Comme des Garçons. The silhouette for fall and winter in suits, jackets and dresses brings back the shoulder pads and tailored waists that made so many women look like so many linebackers. And since a tiny noggin on such an exaggerated shape just wouldn’t do, big teased mall hair has new life. Glamour helpfully published a step-by-step guide for those new to back-combing for hair height.

Skins Are In

Leather, fur, snakeskin and crocodile are used in the usual shoes, bags and belts, but also look for accessories and apparel in basic black, bold reds and shimmering gold finishes.

Shoes and boots have slimmed down from their Frankenstein-esque proportions popular way back in the ’90s. Sharp stilletos propel bare sandals, power pumps and knee-grazing boots to new heights.

What to Wear

Strong apparel statements such as these call for the boldness of yellow gold. Vogue shone the spotlight on the the gold jewelry designs of Isabel Encinias and Stephen Webster in August as perfect complements to the ’80s-inspired madness. Take your cue and show customers chunky colored gemstones set in yellow gold, some accented with diamonds, for maximum impact against the new apparel designs. The popular chandelier, hoop and shoulder-grazing drop earrings create the perfect proportion for a voluminous head of hair.

– by Liz Smutko

Power suits, gold jewelry and big hair herald the return of the 1980s in fashion for fall and winter.

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