The Wekoko crew recently got into a discussion about the 80s, and the general consensus was they were the craziest years in fashion. The new romanticism era was spreading worldwide, it became cool for men to wear make up, have long hair and the women to make a statement with loud and splashy apparel. Here are some unforgettable images from that time. We love the 80’s
First up it has to be Madge. We’re not sure anyone best represents the 80s style more than this amazing woman. Nobody has ever reinvented her image with more creativity and style.
You can’t really discuss epic 80s Fashion without mentioning Freddie Mercury. Not only was he an absolute rock god adored by millions but he was the ultimate exhibitionist when it came to what he wore
One of the most beautiful and stylish women from this decade. The model a star in her own right way before marrying Mick Jagger was thrust even more into the limelight when she tied the knot and with it almost a weight of expectation of being the most glamourous person at the party, and she rarely disappointed.
We all know how amazing Demi Moore looks these days so its little wonder she appears here. With increasing red carpet appearances during the 80’s she quickly became known as one the leading style icons in Hollywood.
This mans style became iconic after the video for Goody Two Shoes in 1982. It featured a newly solo Adam Ant, ripping the set with his magnetic foot work. In a time of flamboyance, Adam took full grip of this and exploded his unique, androgynous style on a public.
LL Cool J
Hip Hop culture and fashion has a huge presence in todays society, but in the early 80s it was constrained to street level mainly in places like New York. With with the emergence of the music genre throughout the 80’s and stars such as Big Daddy Kane, Grandmaster flash and LL COOL J the fashion trends began to spread further a field. LLCoolJ became one of Hip Hops first real superstars. This confident new rapper not only brought a fresh vision musically but also with regards to his Fashion statements. Hip Hop as a fashion had arrived. It was little wonder the sales of Kangol bucket hats sky rocketed thanks to LL.
It was the decade of exposed mid-rifs, stone-washed jeans and shoulder pads. No one best emphasised the 80’s look than pop star Paula Abdul, with a debut Number one album including 4 number one singles she was well established as one of the worlds biggest pop stars by the end of the decade and certainly wasn’t afraid to express herself fashion wise. Just check these for outfits.
Debbie Harry’s edgy look combined many influences from 60’s Mod to Punk, Rock and Downtown Glam. In her early punk career she was known for her black minis, distressed jeans and statements tees. As her band heralded the New Wave sound moving into the 80’s like any true fashion icon she transitioned. The look now was a more punk glam and one shoulder dresses. She was never afraid to think outside the box and often mixed prints, patterns and fabrics in her outfits. Many of her signature items are still very much on trend today. Debbie Harry a true fashion icon.
In the 80s Prince’s distinctive style was at the forefront of fashion in the music industry. His fearless approach to what he wore seemed to immerse the styles of Little Richard, Rick James and Jimmi Henrix. Collectively it conjured a style that is recognised everywhere. He became a megastar while singing about all matter of deviancy and dressed accordingly, turning the dirty-sexy look into catwalk chic. He’d get bored of himself before anybody else had the chance to.
Was there anyone in the 80s with a style more outlandish than Boy George? We are not sure there was.
By the 1980s, the New Romantic Movement had emerged in the U.K. Followers of the New Romantic period, often dressed in grand caricatures of the 19th century English Romantic period. This included exaggerated upscale hairstyles and fashion statements. Men typically wore androgynous clothing and makeup, such as eyeliner.
The style became a calling card for George, and its safe to say he went in!!!!
Cyndi was known throughout the ’80s for her daring and experimental fashion choices. She mixed, matched and clashed colors, patterns, textures and styles to create unique looks that were 100% “her.”. Scores of girls followed her fashion lead. Emulating her smash hit ‘Girls just wanna have fun’ her irreverent fashion sense simply follows no rules.
We had to finish this post with the the Princess. She encompassed fantasy, hope and beauty and wore her clothes with such finesse and glamour. She has often been called a ‘fashion icon’ and has been credited with almost single-handedly reviving the British fashion industry. Gone but never forgotten leaving a permanent imprint with the people that adored her sense of style and warm heart.