Fall 2011 trends spotted in mid-80s magazines

We all know that fashion is cyclical and that trends come and go, but I am always surprised at just how much new styles reflect the old. Flipping through my collection of vintage magazines over the weekend I noticed several editorial shots and ad campaigns from the mid-80s that could almost be relevant for the upcoming Fall '11 season. Almost, but not quite, as most trends seem to be executed better their second time around. Here are a selection of images that with a bit of updated styling could just maybe pass for Fall-Winter 2011 shots:

A slouchy knit with a voluminous maxi-skirt:

Elle, November 1985

Ladylike neutrals:

Elle, November 1985

Holiday sequins & glitter:

Elle, November 1985

New Mexico/Aztec-inspired prints: 

Elle, November 1985

Navajo-inspired prints:

Elle November 1985

Fur, which would work for the upcoming season if it were faux:

"Don't mind me, I'm just eating my popsicle in my fur.."
Elle, November 1985

Metallic 'arm-party':

Elle, November 1985

Red and fuschia colour-blocking layers:

Bazaar, February 1985

Red jumpsuit:

This oddly-arranged shot was actually part of an editorial spread about what to wear in space, when luxury space travel becomes the norm in the next few years. Oh 80s, you dreamed big.
 Bazaar, February 1985

And finally, snakeskin-inspired accessories:
Town & Country, September 1985


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