Leopard print? Lurex? At this time of year try all the trends you're normally afraid of

Fashion: More is more with this modern 1980s ‘Blade Runner’ inspired vibe

This shoot shows how to create a modern 1980s glam vibe mashing up leopard print, faux fur and tracksuits with accessories essential to the look

This shoot shows how to create a modern 1980s glam vibe mashing up leopard print, faux fur and tracksuits with accessories essential to the look

 

One movie which has had a huge impact on fashion is Ridley Scott’s 1980s cult classic Blade Runner, set in Los Angeles in 2019. Its gritty, dark style described as dystopian disco chic has influenced many designers, among them Raf Simons, Alexander McQueen, Bottega Veneta, Vivienne Westwood and Gucci.

This winter the film’s vision of a sartorial future was referenced in collections from Chanel, Saint Laurent and Comme des Garcons and is cited as the idea and cinematic mood behind this fashion shoot set in the Voodoo Rooms nightclub in Cork. It’s a mix of 1980s glam rock, sci-fi and current sparkly trends using animal print, lurex and faux fur from vintage shops, fashion boutiques and Irish designers. Yes, you might normally run a mile from some of these trends but at this time of year, it's worth trying trends you usually don't dare to wear.

Leopard velvet blazer (€229), ribbed velvet top (€59.99), leather leggings (€369.99) all from Moda Mallow, Cork. Nica sequin rucksack (€79), O’Flynn’s Footwear, Mallow, CorkVintage sunglasses, stylist’s own.
Leopard velvet blazer (€229), ribbed velvet top (€59.99), leather leggings (€369.99) all from Moda Mallow, Cork. Nica sequin rucksack (€79), O’Flynn’s Footwear, Mallow, Cork, Vintage sunglasses, stylist’s own.
Lurex chevron top (€110), black dress (€249) both from Moda Mallow, Cork. Grace Jones graphic print neckpiece (€265) Kiki Na Art
Lurex chevron top (€110), black dress (€249) both from Moda Mallow, Cork. Grace Jones graphic print neckpiece (€265) Kiki Na Art
This shoot shows how to create a modern 1980s glam vibe mashing up leopard print, faux fur and tracksuits with accessories essential to the look
Chevron circle skirt (€86.95) Contempo, Mallow Cork. Cream faux fur sleeve top (€150) Olori Boutique Cork. Scarf (€129.90), animal print fedora (€69.90) both from Marc Cain, Cork. Snake clutch (US$208) Kent Stetson USA, glitzy socks (€9) Moda Mallow Cork. Fishnet tights (€5) Topshop, Opera Lane, Cork. Lodi nude heel with animal print detail (€180) O’Flynn’s Footwear Mallow, Cork.Floral wool cardigan (€393) Marc Cain, Cork, gold dress Jennifer Rothwell, Powerscourt Centre, Dublin, earrings (€147) Olori Boutique, Cork, metallic heels (€65) Shooz Footwear Mallow Cork. Chain 65 Isabella Ru, Cork
Luxe tracksuit jacket (€240), tracksuit pants (€185), black mittens (€115) all from Olori Boutique, Cork. Bedrock clutch ($208) Kent Stetson Design USA, metallic heels (€127) Shooz Footwear & Accessories, Mallow Cork, vintage Perspex visor helmet (€120) The Village Hall, Cork
Luxe tracksuit jacket (€240), tracksuit pants (€185), black mittens (€115) all from Olori Boutique, Cork. Bedrock clutch ($208) Kent Stetson Design USA, metallic heels (€127) Shooz Footwear & Accessories, Mallow Cork, vintage Perspex visor helmet (€120) The Village Hall, Cork
Luxe tracksuit jacket (€240), tracksuit pants (€185), black mittens (€115) Olori Boutique, Cork. Bedrock clutch ($208) Kent Stetson Designs, USA. Metallic heels (€127) Shooz Footwear & Accessories, Mallow Cork. Vintage Perspex Visor helmet (€120) The Village Hall, Cork.
Luxe tracksuit jacket (€240), tracksuit pants (€185), black mittens (€115) Olori Boutique, Cork. Bedrock clutch ($208) Kent Stetson Designs, USA. Metallic heels (€127) Shooz Footwear & Accessories, Mallow Cork. Vintage Perspex Visor helmet (€120) The Village Hall, Cork.

The Roman designer known for his wild mix of styles and who piles them on with exuberance is Alessandro Michele at Gucci, who in two years at the helm has excited millennials and revitalised the 96-year-old house’s image and profits with a dazzling 48 per cent increase in sales. A costume designer manqué, his multi-layered approach, re-defining gender roles (boys in brocade gowns, girls in floral trouser suits) has revived an interest in vintage and he jumbles up styles, periods, cults and cultures piling on the references with abandon. “Creativity has no rules”, he says.

Floral motif wool cardigan (¤393) Marc Cain, Cork. Gold dress (¤995) Jennifer Rothwell, Powerscourt, Dublin. Belt (¤49.50) Sheena’s Boutique, Cork. Ornate earrings (¤147) Olori Boutique, Cork. Chain (¤65) Isobella Ru, Cork. Metallic heeled shoes (¤65) Shooz Footwear & Accessories, Mallow Cork.
Floral motif wool cardigan (€393) Marc Cain, Cork. Gold dress (€995) Jennifer Rothwell, Powerscourt, Dublin. Belt (€49.50) Sheena’s Boutique, Cork. Ornate earrings (€147) Olori Boutique, Cork. Chain (€65) Isobella Ru, Cork. Metallic heeled shoes (€65) Shooz Footwear & Accessories, Mallow Cork.

There’s a nod to the Far East (floral cheongsams and kimonos) and a nod to the West (Hollywood glamour and red carpet gowns) in upbeat ways. “It’s the contradiction between the past and the future,” he has said.

“Renaissance mixed with street style. Fashion is about clothes and colour.... and I try to have fun”. 

That freewheeling aesthetic and borrowing from the past to make the present has chimed with a new generation who see the mix as commercially appealing, a desirable way to dress and who search for less expensive copies on the high street.

This shoot shows how to create a modern 1980s glam vibe mashing up leopard print, faux fur and tracksuits with accessories essential to the look –  the jewellery (oriental), the shades (vintage) and the bags (sequinned rucksacks and crossbodies) not forgetting glitzy socks, fishnet tights, boots and metallic heels. Pile it on for the season that’s in it and remember - more is more.

Vintage red chiffon jacket (¤40) Mercury Goes Retrograde, Cork. T-shirt (¤25), pleated lurex skirt (¤89.99) both from Moda Mallow, Cork. Animal print belt (¤49.50), necklace (¤49) both from Sheena’s Boutique, Cork. Marco Morea loafers (¤180), crossbody handbag (¤95) both from O’Flynn’s Footwear, Mallow, Cork
Vintage red chiffon jacket (€40) Mercury Goes Retrograde, Cork. T-shirt (€25), pleated lurex skirt (€89.99) both from Moda Mallow, Cork. Animal print belt (€49.50), necklace (€49) both from Sheena’s Boutique, Cork. Marco Morea loafers (¤180), crossbody handbag (€95) both from O’Flynn’s Footwear, Mallow, Cork
White shirt (¤79.99), red leopard print top (¤90), Sheepskin scarf (¤199) Olori Boutique, Cork. Lurex turban (¤25), bug brooch (¤12) all from Moda Mallow, Cork. Bag (¤48.95) Contempo, Mallow, Cork. Knee high boots (¤85) Shooz Footwear & Accessoires, Mallow, Cork. Fishnet tights (¤5) Topshop, Opera Lane, Cork. Junge bug chain (¤65), retro sunglasses (¤25) both from Isabella Ru, Cork
White shirt (¤79.99), red leopard print top (¤90), Sheepskin scarf (¤199) Olori Boutique, Cork. Lurex turban (¤25), bug brooch (¤12) all from Moda Mallow, Cork. Bag (¤48.95) Contempo, Mallow, Cork. Knee high boots (¤85) Shooz Footwear & Accessoires, Mallow, Cork. Fishnet tights (¤5) Topshop, Opera Lane, Cork. Junge bug chain (¤65), retro sunglasses (¤25) both from Isabella Ru, Cork
Animal print coat (€449), faux fur collar (€149.90), satin printed tee shirt (€149.90) all from Marc Cain, Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork. Statement oriental neck piece (€220) Kiki Art (made to order).
Animal print coat (€449), faux fur collar (€149.90), satin printed tee shirt (€149.90) all from Marc Cain, Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork. Statement oriental neck piece (€220) Kiki Art (made to order).

Credits

  • Director, creative director and stylist, MUA: Mary Ginnifer; Photographer: Glenn Norwood assisted by Ruth McGinley; Styling assistant: Catherine Ginnifer; Hair: Origin Hair Design, Cork, The Pink Octopus Dreadshop, Cork; Models: Claire Aherne, Jessica O’ Neill of Runaway Modelling Agency Cork, Aoife Healy of Pulse Model Agency, Cork; Location: The Voodoo Rooms nightclub, Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork city.
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