Balmain set the current hysteria trend over 80s sculpted shoulders on jackets, blouses and dresses earlier this spring. While through this years spring/summer collection the military inspired jackets with a Russian twist reminded us of Madonna in the 80s, this years fall designs head in a more refined smothered-down look. Now this years fall trend on bold shoulders is beyond popular and makes its appearance in all the major fashion shows, clearly it's a style not to be missed.
Looking back in fashion history, accentuated shoulders started in the early 30s when fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli included them in 1931, the style carried on through the 40s but was influenced by militarised jackets and coats which in the late 40s were universal in Women's Fashion. Comparing the periods of the 30s, 40s and the 80s (when the bold shoulders celebrated their comeback and were re-interpreted by flashy and eccentric looks, which some of us still dreadfully remember), with today, its statement remains the same: power dressing for strong women who face today's economic crisis and will choose to be an effective counter during these difficult times.
Having said this how can I not be a huge fan of those shoulders and while I will not give up my dream of ever affording a Balmain jacket, I spotted that look for this forthcoming season at Zara's new fall collection. So while still dreaming about Balmain and Dolce, I will most likely snatch one of Zara's and pair it with some tie-dyed jeans to make a statement.