Flash Back to the ’80s on the Runway

What goes around comes around, especially when referring to the fast-paced world of fashion. No matter what your preference for fashion may have been in years past, chances are, you will ultimately get to revel in the fashion choices of that decade once again as the trends come full circle. Just about every 30 years (give or take a few years), the same styles or a variation thereof come back into the mainstream of fashion. Even if they are not mainstream trends, given the cyclical nature of the fashion world, these styles will most likely show up on the runway and you can once again enjoy them.Many individuals do not keep the same clothes in their closets for thirty years, and even if they have, it is recommended to dig out those garments which resemble those being worn in haute couture. Chances are, what’s truly “in” style today is a bit removed from what was “in” thirty years ago. There are, however, similarities in fashion this fall and winter 2009 season to what was hot back in the 1980’s.One hot item this season that was all the rage when Madonna first entered the public eye is ripped stockings. Who can forget the Material Girl’s torn and tattered image, complete with ripped hose, bracelets upon bracelets, and black eyeliner? This look has been reminisced about and now has been revised and reinvented this season on the runway.Many models are using tight, ripped stockings to achieve the hard rock look, with lots of glam makeup and black. On the other hand, some are leaving this look for a more progressive ’90’s look and bringing back the ripped stockings in a grunge-type fashion, with big boots and chunkier accessories.One thing you must make sure to not do is rip the stockings in a way that leaves others unsure if it was intentional! If you are pairing the stockings with a cute, short tweed skirt or other ‘office appropriate’ clothing, make sure to also wear jewelry and accessories that clearly let the world know you are not headed off to your cubicle later that morning! Those in the know suggest using scissors or even a cheese grater to make intentional holes in the tights or stockings so that they are big enough and oddly placed. You can get really creative with this rock-chic look!Seen often with the ripped stockings is plaid and tartan. Plaid patterns on the tights themselves, as well as blazers and skirts or the shirts underneath them are just some of the looks that will be seen this fall and winter. 2009 sees a lot of various colors for plaid as well, not just the traditional black or grey pattern. Popular colors this season include blues, greens and yellows. Obviously, plaid needs to be worn with care; you should really only wear one plaid piece at a time to avoid looking overdone. Some celebrities that are fond of this trend are the ever-fashionable Katie Holmes and supermodel Kate Moss. Actress Mischa Barton has also been seen sporting this look.Another accessory making a comeback is the feather. This is a throwback, obviously, to the days of hats for the ladies and bowties for the gentlemen. However, the look is not a dated one and whether you love ’em or hate ’em, the feather is being worn this year on many pieces in a single fashion, as well as making an appearance in feathery-type skirts and dresses. Expect to see lots of feathers around the neckline as well. This look is more popular with women than with men, although some feather ties (made by Lanvin) have actually been spotted out there!One other look that is gaining popularity as a late season trend for women is the military look. Perhaps this is due to all of the military action in the world today, or just a deviation from the ultra-feminine look of last season, but military jackets are especially making a statement this year. Better to pair such a severe jacket, of course, with a feminine pair of pants, or even the ripped stockings which can create a rock-chic, sexy look. Don’t appear boxy by wearing this type jacket with wide-leg pants or a skirt that is too long and not pencil-thin.Since the bohemian look is also in this year, you could also make sure to wear this outfit with a pair of fringed boots and messed up, sexy ‘just-got-out-of-bed” hair. Hair is always a key element of the fashion trends each season. This year, blonde is back as is super-long locks. Some very short cuts are still in vogue, but the middle-of-the-road length will be left aside for either very short or very long. It is all about extremes this season, and hair is no exception! 2009 is showing up to be a very exciting year for people of fashion, on the runway and off.