The last few years have been amazing for men’s fashion, with many fashion-related trends emerging from 2017. One of the biggest trends was the comeback of the classic, bold hairstyle. There is no question that the ‘80s were a fantastic decade for men, and many men have taken inspiration from that era.
One of the biggest names to emerge from that decade was Batman. With each new movie and exhibition, it seems like the Caped Crusader is becoming more and more stylish.
The Full Batman
First, let’s take a look at how the Dark Knight looks in his contemporary incarnations. Many fashion critics consider the ‘80s to be the rebirth of the American man, with strong personalities and bold choices.
In the ‘80s, a lot of men were inspired by their favourite film heroes. One was Robert Pattinson, star of the Twilight Saga, who sported an afro for the first several years in succession. Pattinson’s iconic haircut was the highlight of every fashion holiday for many years.
Today, men are looking to the ‘80s for fashion inspiration, and it’s not just about hair. Indeed, there are many ways the ‘80s inspired men’s style, from the way they dressed to their choice in haircuts. Let’s take a closer look at some of the ways the ‘80s men’s style inspired fashion in the following decades.
In the ‘80s, many men were inspired by their favourite film heroes. One of the biggest names to emerge from that decade was Batman. With each new movie and exhibition, it seems like the Caped Crusader is becoming more and more stylish.
The Dark Knight began his career in 1940 and reached its peak in the ‘80s. The style icon of that era was undoubtedly Tim Burton, who directed many of the ‘80s Batman movies. Burton is known for his dark, gothic films, which were a sensation in the ‘80s and among a particular audience. Many other designers have continued Burton’s influence in the decades since, such as Gucci and Prada. These brands have all introduced dark, gothic-inspired clothing lines over the past few years, and it seems like many men have taken inspiration from Burton’s iconic ‘80s fashion.
Burton’s style was defined by his iconic haircut. He favoured long locks, which he would often pull back in a rough ponytail to create a rough, dark look. This look was so popular that it even made its way into mainstream fashion. Many men were inspired by Burton’s haircut and used it as a blueprint for their own haircuts in the following years.
The ‘80s Fashion Influence
The success of Burton’s hairstyle inspired many other designers to experiment with long locks in the ‘80s. However, this was more of a fashion trend and not something that was rooted in any specific design philosophy. These designers simply wanted to cash in on the ‘80s trend and create something new with their hair. This was most notably seen in the Gucci Maneuver, where the fashion house used their skills as hairstyle designers to their advantage.
Other designers took a more ‘80s Gothic approach and used gothic elements in their designs. This was most notably seen in Vivienne Westwood’s punk revival, which she defined as ‘Gothic punk’. Many designers emerged with a distinct ‘80s identity, but did not necessarily have any formal design education. For example, Burberry rose to fame in the ‘80s for their plaid print clothing, and it seems like this identity has stuck with the company ever since.
The Cameo Appearance
Another important figure from the ‘80s is Michael Jackson. The King of Pop made a cameo appearance in Elizabeth Taylor’s 1988 film, The Fairy Godmother, which was a massive hit and is considered a classic of the ‘80s. This was Michael Jackson’s first and only acting role, and it was a major break for him, as he had previously focused on his music career. The cameo appearance was so popular that it became an important part of the story arc, with Jackson’s character helping the main character break out of her role as a fairy godmother.
Many designers and fashion houses tried to cash in on the ‘80s popularity by creating various styles based on the Michael Jackson cameo. This was most notably seen in the infamous Thriller haircut, which was based on Jackson’s character with the same name. It was such a hit that it even made its way into the mainstream fashion, with many men sporting this cut in the ‘90s and beyond. After decades, this style still pops up from time to time. However, we should point out that this was more of a fashion statement than an intentional homage to Michael Jackson. In the ‘80s, designers simply wanted to cash in on the popular trend and create something new with their hair.
The Retro Effect
It seems like the ‘80s had a retro effect on men’s style in the following decades. Many designers have used elements from that decade and have continued to enhance their designs with various influences, such as heavy metal music and horror movies. Metal music was a big part of the ‘80s and many men combined this love for heavy metal music with their fashion choices. For example, Iron Maiden lead vocalist and guitarist Iron Maiden Bruce Dickinson owns a barber shop in London, where he offers a unique cut for his patrons. Similarly, many men sported a mullet, which was extremely popular in the ‘80s and is considered a ‘metro’ look to this day.
However, this retro effect is not limited to hair. The ‘80s were a decade of incredible talent in menswear, with many designers emerging as important players in the fashion industry. These designers used their design skills to create unique and innovative looks that still inspire men today.