• Text Lewis Firth
  • 25th January 2015

New Romance

Adam & The Ants’ 1981 music video of Prince Charming presented memorable riffs, extravagant makeup, cult-like dance moves and romantic, fairytale outfits. An influence to the New Romantic movement, no doubt.

There were similarities in Haider Ackermann’s 17-look line-up. Albeit the flamboyant frills, of course, but fulsome in tactile fabric compositions, oversized collars and eye-catching details.

Styled in a relaxed manner with fastenings undone, fabric gathered by belts and shirts open to reveal the upper torso, allowing collars to stand on end. The latter made room for the cotton and velvet scarves, an accessory – along with the velvet fezzes – that were featured prominently throughout. Wrapped loosely around models’ necks, it added volume to looks creating a layered effect in some with certain scarves’ fringing.

Shirts, suit jackets and long coats in velvet were punctuated by injections of animal print, leather and biker-jacket fastening and collar details. A contemporary combination that encapsulates the New Romantic and Prince Charming attitudes.