The ’70s have dominated the runways in such an all-encompassing fashion that, upon seeing a metallic shirtdress with a geometric belt come down the catwalk Saturday in London, it took a second for the eyes to adjust. Then came a splatter-paint jacket paired with wide-whale corduroys. J.W. Anderson thrust the ’80s back to the collective consciousness. “When looking at that period, I think we have a stigma towards it,” Mr. Anderson said after the show. “It was playing with the idea that some genius fashion came out of that.” Mr. Anderson said his muse was a party girl, an especially rich source of fodder for the fashion set this season.
Runways are often filled with over-the-top pieces that will never be produced and sold. They are meant to appeal to the editorial crowd, on the lookout for fashion that will make for interesting photographs. But there are also welcome sartorial palate cleansers, the shows with wearable clothes that ...
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