The '80s edit: Glamorous pieces for party season

Anna Solomon

29 September 2021

Inspired retro looks made for going out out

29 September 2021 | Anna Solomon

OK, ‘freedom day’ is behind us and life feels pretty much back to normal. But after a year of lockdowns, we’re still exercising our freedom to party like it's 1989. Combine this with the distinct sense that festive celebrations are going to be underway by October this year, and one thing becomes abundantly clear: it’s time to dress up. Minimalists look away – this season it’s all about sequins, rhinestones, feathers, glitter, ruching… you name it, designers are putting it on their garments. Here's our guide to the '80s inspired pieces to invest in now.

Retrofête Gabrielle Robe

As its name suggests, Retrofête is all about vintage party pieces. A veritable explosion of sparkles, lace and ruching, its deep dive into 1970s and ’80s glamour has resonated with celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez and Gwyneth Paltrow. The Gabrielle Robe features hand-stitched sequins, a wrap bodice and voluminous blouson sleeves.


Christian Louboutin Loubi54 Clutch Bag

Thanks to Spandau Ballet, nothing says ‘the ‘80s’ like gold. Eminently more sophisticated than the English pop band, however, is the Loubi54 from Christian Louboutin. Its clean lines, distinctive monogram and signature flash of red make this clutch the ultimate in taste and class, even if it is dressed in gilded nappa leather.


Lapointe Dolman Top

A high-neck, long-sleeve, relaxed-fit top all sounds rather conservative, but not if Lapointe (lover of glitter, feathers and silk) has anything to do with it. The Dolman Top is given a shimmering update with aquamarine sequins, and there’s even a matching sequin trouser.


Bottega Veneta Sequin-Embellished Shirt

This larger-than-life statement shirt, paved with glistening tonal sequins, looks like something that Axl Rose or Steven Tyler would have worn. Except, of course, it’s Bottega Veneta (available on Net-a-Porter).


Hushan Zhang Ginevra Top

Huishan Zhang, who recently dressed Gemma Chan for Vogue, is a master in making things that are, on paper, totally over the top (like enormous feather trims or head-to-toe sequin dresses), look pared-down, refined, even regal. The Ginevra Top is a case in point, with its balloon sleeves, crystal trim and bold rose-pink hue.


Commando Leggings

We’re not sure whether we’re going to an aerobics class or on a wild night out with these body-sculpting Commando leggings, but we don’t really care.


Roger Vivier Broche Vivier Buckle Pumps

These Roger Vivier pumps are giving Palace of Versailles vibes more than ‘80s party girl, but they still fit the bill: Shiny? Check. Bejewelled? Check. Totally over the top? You know it. The Broche Vivier is the perfect footwear for all of your post-pandemic soirée needs.


Paco Rabanne Hobo Bag

The people wanted sequins, and that is exactly what Paco Rabanne gave them. A bag made entirely out of sequins, to be precise. The ironically named Hobo Bag is crafted from gold paillettes and features a metal ‘PR’ logo chain.


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