AW 2018 catwalk - '80s party

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It all started in New York, with Rodarte's sequin-covered cocktail dresses inspired by the basement parties in Berlin before the fall of the Wall, when it seemed only right to hope that 1980s glam would return.

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The mix of soft colours, sequins, leather and furs on the catwalk for Tom Ford AW18 is a clear sign that the '80s' trend can still offer interesting insights.

The tight tailoring, short skirts, pouffy shoulders, narrow hips, shiny fabrics and animal prints. The overall effect is chaotic, in the most luxurious sense of the word.

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Alessandro Michele, for the much-discussed AW 2018 fashion show - where everyone's attention was captured by the set resembling an operating theatre, by the balaclavas, and especially by the fact that in a couple of outings the models held a reproduction of their own heads under their arms - plays with the work dress, the uniform of the '80s Italian yuppie, to reinvent it in a glamorous key, exaggerating with flounces, glitter, layers, asymmetries and oversizes.

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After last season's retrospective dedicated to her brother Gianni, Donatella Versace continues to play with the great classics from the house's archive: trenchcoats, sharp shoulders, flashy belts, tartans, extravagant prints, primary colours, kilts and lots of leather. 

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