Ah, the '80s. Once referred to as the era that style forgot, it has well and truly exacted its revenge by digging its neon claws in and insisting that we love it really. Which, obviously, we do. No other decade served us optimism quite so readily and – to be frank – these days, we need as much as we can get.
At the forefront of this nostalgic renaissance is Christian Louboutin, stamping its unmistakable red soles all over the trend. Think glittery, rainbow-striped boots – made for stonewash denim (yes, that's back too) and an oversized white shirt; bonkers trainers spliced with optical-illusion motifs (wear with a mannish suit for unexpected nonchalance); bucket bags (an '80s mainstay); and a graffiti-splashed range called Loubigraf that extends to a pair of sky-high thigh-highs that aren't just a boot, they're the whole damn outfit.
Your '80s hero, however? No, it's not Bender from The Breakfast Club. It's the pointy white court, injecting instant retro energy into every look before you can say Simple Minds.
We've never met a sequin we didn't like, so this trend really satisfies our need to be extra on a near-daily basis. Street-style starlet Gilda Ambrosio exemplifies all of our dazzling daydreams by boldly mixing metallics and adding a flash of neon – an unexpected touch that feels really now.
Elsewhere, you can use shine as a foolproof, confident way to elevate a basic blazer (you'll definitely need one of those this season), a pair of jeans or any athluxury pieces languishing in your wardrobe that deserve an airing via a small, new-season facelift.
If in doubt, go high-low; denim and diamonds, lamé and jersey… think of it as coalition dressing. After all, posh/ casj is very 2019. And if you're not willing to commit to the full Gilda, shoes and bags are your easy-access pass to the trend. We've already identified these silver, cage-style slingbacks as your new hardest-working shoe; perfect with sundresses and denim and furnished with a very agreeable 24-hour block heel. Your feet will thank you later.
Aside from being universally cool and flattering – trust us, a combo that is fashion gold dust – the utility trend is empowered dressing at its very best; something that everyone from Stella McCartney to Victoria Beckham saluted for SS19. In fact, so ubiquitous was the trench coat, the D-ring and the swathes of khaki this season, that we're compelled to put this out there: cargo pants are the new jeans. It's true.
However, much like the army, there are a few rules to abide by. One, keep things sleek by adding a tailored blazer or cinching your silhouette with a belt. Two, soften any masculine undertones – should you want to, of course – with tactile fabrics or by adding femininity with a pinpoint heel. And three, if you're rocking a boiler suit (quite possibly the standout piece of SS19), consider a round-toe boot like these colour-blocked numbers, a fancy slide or a simple mule; all ultra-wearable styles to quick march into the new season with.
If utility dressing is an expression of empowerment, then the trouser suit proves that, this season, authority has more than one face. And whatever your vibe, there's bound to be a suit to, er, suit you, with designers embracing a gamut of colours and a myriad of cuts – the latter of which is what really tells the world, "This is who I am." To wit; slick, razor-sharp tailoring says, "I mean business," in which case, you'll need an equally precise pointed court; enter these cantilevered beauties, left. Show them off fully by pairing with an abbreviated hem.
If you're more of the undone persuasion, louche, mannish cuts are equally on trend and look fantastic worn over a sports bra with pool slides or a chunky trainer. Step forward Run Loubi Run; Louboutin's exquisitely crafted, neoprene sock style. Sprinkled with iconic studs, they bring a modern-grunge flavour to a slouchy suit and are about as comfy as they come.
For better or worse, the rise of deluxe sportswear has given us far more than full permission to wear elasticated waistbands every day. It has also set into motion a designer backlash, heralding a return to true, unabashed luxury. And what a swoon-inducing spectacle that made the SS19 catwalks; awash with outsize bows, ruffles, volume, embroidery and texture.
Demi-couture – those incredibly special, highly intricate pieces that you would never dream of just wearing once before relegating to the back of your wardrobe – show off the expert craft of the atelier; something that sits at the very heart of the Christian Louboutin brand, being that it's all about marrying quality with fantasy.
This is all very much entwined with the current cultural movement of mindful consumption; buy less, but buy well. As always, shoes are the simplest way to dip your toe into the trend – although we say go the whole nine yards with an OTT shoe and an OTT outfit. After all, life's too short to wear boring clothes, isn't it?