John Richmond taps 1980s DNA

AP/ AFP – He’s a biker or a clubber, a rocker or a raver, unafraid to wear a 1980s punk-era skirt or to layer trousers or shorts with fishnets.

John Richmond said the young man of today is ready for anything. Richmond dipped back into his archive to bring back the punk skirt that graced the 1984 cover of Britain’s The Face magazine, earning him a place in fashion history.

The updated cotton version comes in straightforward gray and khaki, worn with showy coordinated bombers with panels of snakeskin print or metallic detailing.

Snakes and snakeskin prints were the chief motifs of the co-ed collection – but no snakeskin itself. The collection featured architectural shoulders for her, accented by a cinched waist and flowing, pleated trousers for undulating movement.

There were slinkier looks for evening, including a sequined snake slithering suggestively over the shoulder. Richmond has an eye on sustainability in his broader collection, and says it is easier to find eco-polyester. The looks in stores – not on the runway – will include reused vintage.