Back To The Future: Why I'm Low Key Excited About The '80s Resurgence.
I don't - like many of my colleagues - detest the kitten heel. In fact, I low key enjoy its mix of functionality, ugliness and weird middling height - maybe for the same reason Christopher Kane keeps featuring Crocs in his editorials. And when it comes to the kitten heel reboot, I've got Prada, Christian Dior + Céline on my side for SS17.
Even those I missed out on the decade itself by a couple of years, my dream is still be to Molly Ringwald (mainly in The Breakfast Club but I'll take Pretty In Pink too). There was Dirty Dancing and Heathers, Thriller and Grace Jones - it was a glorious time, and I missed out. But now it looks like I might have a chance to channel the decade, at least stylistically. Kitten heels are just one of the style markers heralding in a new wave of old - and it's 100% here, whether we want it to be or not.
It's no secret that most trends borrow from decades and designers past, but the '80s seems to cop a lot more shit than other eras for many of its more recognised - and more garish - trends such as neon leotards a la Newton-John, blue eyeshadow and crimped hair. However it can also lay claim to ushering in some damn important subcultures - and their respective styles - that are now reappearing more subtly on our runways and streets, with a new-millienia kind of spin (Marc Jacobs' recent '80s themed party was no accident, you know).
There's the birth of rave culture and the delicious excess of London's club kids to punk's continued reign and its legacy of distressed denim and pin, patches + buttons; New Romanticism with its ruffles, jewel-toned satin and billowing sleeves; the Goth lifestyle where fishnets, patent leather and corsetry all sang.
Sound familiar? Without us even realising, traces of the decade have been slowly creeping back on to our style radars and sticking in our brains like a WHAM! song - and I love it. The sudden surge in fishnets-with-everything all over your 'gram now makes a little more sense. So do the ruffles on ruffles, customised denim and velvet everything.
The Kardashians all sport super high cut bikinis + one-pieces, every Insta influencer is showcasing her latest embroided jacket, and those in the know are replacing their ribbon chokers with corset alternatives. It's inescapable, and I for one am all in.
So who wants a pair of Prada kitten heels now?
Feature image via WhoWhatWear.
Words: Lucy Ahern