The eighties is an era often defined not by its cultural output, but its size. Everything was big in the 80s; a burgeoning celebrity culture elevated figures like Madonna and Sade to larger-than-life status. Big hair and vibrant colours could be found across the media, and as more women entered the workforce, they did so sporting oversized silhouettes with broad, padded shoulders.
In the label’s latest collection, Marcell von Berlin has taken a love of the era’s pop culture and “power dressing” and infused it with a touch of the darkness in the period that followed. The result is both fantastical and realist — a celebration of being big and bold while holding a necessary restraint that keeps the looks contemporary and stylish.
Noting the collection’s boldness, the collection shines through its use of colour. Marcell von Berlin has never shied away from striking patterns — one might remember the many flame-filled prints of the label’s SS21 collection — and in the label’s SS22 offering, this love of patterns finds a home on tops, bottoms, and power suits for people of all genders, all occasionally mixed-and-matched to beautiful effect.
As one might expect with an 80s-inspired collection, shoulders are a prominent feature. Shoulder pads, puffy sleeves and power suits pair with high-waisted jeans, with each one given a trademark ‘Marcell von Berlin’ flair.
There is a profound sense of love present throughout the collection — and it’s that energy that keeps us excited for Marcell von Berlin’s shows season after season. Explore the whole runway through our included imagery.
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