Powerful shoulders amplify the power dressing of the eighties

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Powerful shoulders amplify the power dressing of the eighties


The shoulder pads, also known as shoulders pad The puffy shoulders, unfailingly reinforced their presence and overwhelming personality during the spring-summer 2021 season. So much so that the collections presented at Milan Fashion Week and in particular those of the French capital bring with them an obsession to give prominence to the shoulders, whether through architectural lines, silhouettes oversize or surrendering to the power of extravagance.

If there is an age that denotes the supremacy of the shoulder pads and the silhouette with superlative shoulders, that is undoubtedly the eighties, with a power dressing that made its way between the drama, the glorification of the firms and the incorporation of women into the highest spheres of management. And although the shoulder pads trend o The Powerful Shoulders had several attempts to reposition itself at the epicenter of the collections in recent years, it had never been presented with the vigor of the 2021 season.

Dresses with shoulder pads




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Dressed with shoulder pads in the spring-summer 2021 collection of Fendi, Redemption and Andrew GN.

The dressed with shoulder pads they experienced a revival Indisputable in the collections of recent Fashion Weeks, evoking that tight red dress that Lady Di wore in 1985 or the creations that were articulated in the eighties in the hands of renowned designers such as Azzedine Alaïa and Christian Lacroix.

Thus, on this occasion, the trend was present on the catwalk of Fendi, who was inclined to plunge the midi dresses in an aura of elegance with softened shoulder pads, Redemption, which found ideal one-shoulder outfits so as not to go unnoticed or Andrew GN, showing that delicacy does not have to stop coexisting with the rigidity provided by shoulder pads, and finding the white mini dress ideal to wear with high boots, mules or minimalist sandals.

Oda al power dressing



Ode to power dressing in the spring-summer 2021 collection of Versace, Claudia Li and Louis Vuitton.


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Ode to power dressing in the spring-summer 2021 collection of Versace, Claudia Li and Louis Vuitton.

Before minimalism, deconstructive silhouettes or the concept lines of the nineties there was no designer who has resisted it to the bulky shoulder pad jacket and the pencil skirt that coexisted in the decade of excess. John Mollow’s books, such as Dress for Success The The Woman´s Dress for Success Book, paved the way for what would be the much acclaimed power dressing, with designers such as Oscar de la Renta, Karl Lagerfeld, Thierry Mugler and Jean Paul Gaultier impregnating us with an imposing aesthetic that has gone down in history.

And this spring-summer season 2021, Versace has emphasized the blazer oversize slightly slouchy, the designer Claudia Li has used both the shoulder pads and the pallietes to elevate the image, while the French fashion house set the precedent for the stout shoulders and Sportmax took to the catwalk a silhouette that reminds us of Giorgio Armani’s designs in the eighties, which offered shoulder pads a little more softened to the power dressing characteristic of that time.

Who said straight shoulders?



Straight shoulders in the spring-summer 2021 collection from Balmain, Givenchy and Isabel Marant.


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Straight shoulders in the spring-summer 2021 collection from Balmain, Givenchy and Isabel Marant.

The slopes of the French collections have plunged us into a universe that notably flirts with a straight shoulders silhouette, something that was exacerbated by the arrival of the American designer Matthew M Williams a Givenchy, distancing himself from those Clare Waight Keller proposals that were still inspired by the sophisticated figure of Audrey Hepburn.

These mighty, bombastic shoulders also landed on Drome alongside pieces like midi dresses, they took hold on the catwalk of Isabel Marant through a vigorous color palette and exuberant jackets as well as guaranteed the epitome of the eighties in the creations of the French maison Balmain, where they were observed in gray jackets and blazers wanting to intrude on the looks office of the next year.

Futuristic extravaganza



Futuristic shoulders in the spring-summer 2021 collection from Annakiki, Rick Owens and Balmain.


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Futuristic shoulders in the spring-summer 2021 collection from Annakiki, Rick Owens and Balmain.

Eccentricities also had their moment in Parisian collections, and how could it be otherwise, they were proposed by designers such as Rick Owens, Olivier Rousteing, Yohji Yamahoto and Annakiki, allowing us to distinguish structural shoulder pads and extremely dramatic that go beyond the traditional silhouette of the body, with denoted waists, in gray, flirting with the futuristic trends the devenidas en blazers statement, in a bid to become the last predilection of women.

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