Miss Alison has built her career partly on her ability to work retro and retro-inspired fashion, landing on the two decades for which she’s most well-suited: the sixties and the eighties. On paper at least, she’s one of the few celebs we can think of who might be able to make this extremely focus-pulling dress work:
Note that we said “might.”
To be fair, we think she’s doing a lot of the right things in trying to make this work. Except for the eyeshadow, her styling avoids any retro feeling to it, right down to the dark pedicure and silver sandals. Like the top knot, these choices defy your expectations and avoid making it look too costumey. Hard as it might be for those who remember the decade to accept, these styles don’t necessarily read retro to younger fashion buyers. Which is good as far as we’re concerned, because every generation should have the right and opportunity to wear really loud and obnoxious fashion when they can. For us, it’s more interesting to note what comes back, how it comes back, and in what ways it’s freshened up than to simply dismiss it as something seen or worn before. We clock a decidedly un-eighties print with a ruffled neckline and DVF-style wrap element lifted straight from the seventies. Both the drape and the length of the skirt are modern twists which don’t come off particularly decade-specific or retro. Our point is that this is actually a melange of style references rather than a redux of a previous style. The bright pink and broad shoulders read 1980s, but when you start taking it apart, very little of the rest of it does.
We think it’s kind of cute, but we’d edit out the flounce.
– Magda Butrym ‘Carlton’ V-neck Dress in Silk from the Fall 2018 Collection
– Graziela Gems Earrings
– Colette Ring
– Jimmy Choo Sandals
Styled by Erin Walsh | Hair by Bobby Eliot | Makeup by Mai Quynh
[Photo Credit: INSTARImages, farfetch.com]