Topshop Partners with J Brand, Continues to Embrace 80s

Yet more evidence of the eighties resurgence: “The days of the $300 jeans are gone,” Rock & Republic’s founder and creative director, Michael Ball, recently told the Associated Press. While most high-fashion denim lines are going to have a hard time staying afloat, J Brand (the Los Angeles line that’s a household name among Hollywood A-listers) is ensuring its status as recession-proof by partnering with high street retailer Topshop. It’s the second time in which the British megastore has collaborated with a designer denim brand (last year it was Sass & Bide). The collaboration, which launched yesterday, features three separate denim styles all named after New York neighborhoods: the Brooklyn (a skinny pencil leg), the Nolita (a slightly wider cigarette leg), and the Manhattan (a 22-inch bellbottom). Prices start at £85.

Meanwhile, Topshop for spring is suffering from a serious case of 80s mania. From acid washes and high waists to bustiers of which the Material Girl would surely approve, it seems there’s no escaping the decade. Elle’s February issue is following suit, featuring a number of fashion inspiration collages that distinctly channel Desperately Seeking Susan. Even Diddy’s date to Barack Obama’s swearing-in ceremony yesterday sported purple lace gloves in the same sartorial vein. Whether it stems from a hope to return to the economic surplus of Reagan’s heyday, or merely un-inventiveness, 80s stylistic nostalgia is in full effect for spring.

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