Just can’t get enough

KNWLS FW24 made 80s power dressing hot as hell
By Ella Joyce | Fashion | 20 February 2024

Last season’s turbo-charged biker girl has skidded into a time-travel vortex, pinging back to the 1980s. Imbued with a different energy for FW24, Charlotte Knowles and Alexandre Arsenault’s cast of models strode out with their shoulders back, strut strong and attitude tangible. In a fitting accompaniment, the synth-pop sound of Geneva Jacuzzi laid the base track for a collection which wouldn’t have looked out of place on London’s Blitz Kids, grooving to the sound of Depeche Mode in 80s Soho basements.

Shoulders were padded to high heaven, waists were cinched within an inch of their lives and jewellery was chunkier than ever – it was power dressing for today. Oversized funnel neck jackets were met by their cropped and corseted counterparts, wide-leg tailored wool trousers with double waistbands stood next to cargo-pocketed mini skirts and sharply pointed stilettos stomped alongside knee-high shearling boots. A neutral colour palette in muddy iterations of browns, creams and greys was punctuated by off-beat hues of acid yellow, bottle green and lavender. Jersey dresses clung to the body, seductively lowered on one shoulder as if having been pulled straight from the dancefloor, while sequins adorned pastel colour co-ords and form-fitting trousers flared at the ankle.

Lace, leather, faux fur and denim continued the design duo’s foray into texture as feather-like fabrics sprouted from shoulders, ribbons laced through eyelets on snugly cut denim jackets and leather was fashioned into floor-length trenches and elongated Bermuda shorts. Plunging necklines arrived in plush cashmere, delicately ribbed knits formed thigh-skimming mini dresses and supple leather was shaped into exaggerated collars or buckled midi skirts. A far cry from riding on the backs of bad boys’ motorbikes, KNWLS’ girls are growing up and they’re power-dressing with purpose.