Still in vogue
Her daughter Lourdes may be coming into her own fashion spotlight, but folks still poll the lady who sang Vogue as the ultimate style icon of the 1980’s.
A British poll judged singer Madonna’s fashion contribution as being most significant, outweighing fellow ’80s icons supermodel Jerry Hall and Blondie lead singer Debbie Harry.
“One in three British women say stonewash denim was one of the best trends to come out of the ’80s and it has definitely made a comeback of late - although in a revamped design from its original form,” the poll spokeswoman says.
Dressed in denim
Fashion designer Narendra Kumar’s recent collection for denim brand Killer featured jeans in eclectic washes.
He says, “Stonewash denim was the most popular wash in the ’80s. Cindy Lauper, Madonna and Tina Turner in Mad Max made those looks popular and were inspirations for my collection. But the newer washes are not as heavily done, they are meant to look a little more engineered and subtle.”
While the ’80s is a major influence in denim right now, Kumar suggests, “Clean easy washes that are not too loud. Even my recent collection had an evolution of the stonewash. Loud jeans have been rejected by the market.”
Other ’80s style staples that he lists are big sleeves with shoulder pads and loose kaftan dresses. Madonna’s strong eyebrows also signalled the beginning of power dressing. Like her contemporary Brooke Shields, Madge’s dark brows broke away from the extra-groomed looked.
Says make-up artist Clint Fernandes, “Strong eyebrows is a very temporary fad because it’s not very flattering to a lot of women. We have seen disasters like Karisma Kapur. On the other hand, Kareena doesn’t shape her eyebrows but has a nice natural shape. Madonna’s eyebrows were shapely, but not masculine.”
If you’re looking to mimic the look, Fernandes suggests looking at a photo of yourself first. “If you see that the look is making you look too heavy-set, then you can trim the eyebrow until it’s just right.”