80’s Phsychedelia

Now we are losing the summer sun we take a look at the trends coming for spring scouted across London Fashion week for SS/17.

London’s eternal chaos and never resting streets are bursting with oversized knitwear’s, messy top knots and full blown layered fabrics and we love it. The city is our daily inspiration hub, our fashion temple and not to mention our home town. The autumn breeze has just about settled in the city and we’re pumped for the summer months. LFW was a few weeks ago and the question that has been left burning on our lips is: ‘what were the best bits of LFW?’ Well, fear not Barnet Watchers as we are about to reveal the paramount trend of SS17 that is worth taking note of.

We encountered the weird, the wonderful and the dam right wild garments during LFW, but that’s exactly what we like to see – designers pushing the boundaries and re-working past trends. Speaking of past trends, we felt nostalgic and as if we were in London around 30ish years ago. The 80’s in the city was loud and proud and let’s not forget the notorious neon brights – bold, bright and in full rave mode. Each designer has taken a different approach highlighting the best parts of 80’s neon fashion.


Fyodor Golan SS/17

#multimediapresentation for @fyodorgolan @wearevillage a whole new world experienced at @onofflondon. #Ss17 #lfw #ss17collection #croznest #digital #braids #waives #brightcolors #hairstyle #presentation #pink #yellow #fashion


Eerie neon angels stood un-phased by our swinging jaws. These models were draped in jacquard and metallic fabrics emphasizing the early parts of the era with some synched waists and flared bottoms. Slicked braiding off centre gives these barnets a polished look to compliment the bold garments. A futuristic twist on a nostalgic trend.

Judy Wu SS/17

#FeminineStrengthJudyWu @studiojudywu 🎨 Big hair, don't care... Neon Wigs! #croznest #croznestuk #ss17 #lfw #hair #presentation #nomodels #beauty #fashion #wigs #neon #colours #judywu


We love a static show as it gives us a chance to really go in close to some beautiful garments. We are obsessed with Judy Wu’s block neon coloured tunics. A simple cut with fine detailing is the perfect way to show femininity with power. The slit sleeves and cut outs add a little extra to the 80’s vibe. How about those fabulously dyed whips of hair?! Perfect ice-cream swirls of coloured magic swirled on top and a back combed textured ponytail pulled down to the nape of the neck. LOVE IT.

Matty Bovan SS/17

@sydhayeshair smashing blunt fringes with Neon Roots @babbym @babylissprouk #fashionweek #fashion #london #lfw #wigs #neon #mattybovan


Now Matty Bovan perfected the cross over between 60’s print and 80’s neon brights. We felt a somewhat hippie-esc feel to his take on this trend. We were definitely channelling our inner Boy George for this show as the pale skinned, two toned models graced our presence. Wigs carved out and coloured by Syd Hayes sit on top of the models own hair sculpted with blunt high fringe which frames the neon face paint and dark lip perfectly. A swinging take on the raving trend and we’re crazy about the blunt and bold aspects of Bovan’s work.

SS17 will be full of neon brights and bold colour blocking and not to mention some big hair. Stock up on that hair spray and get the volume building dry shampoo out because the main aspects of perfecting this coveted trend will be bright and eccentric colour with bold hair that complements them. The simple cut fabrics in neon shades are great for perfecting this trend during the day, and the more outrageous print splashing can be kept for the later hours. We will be counting down the days until the summer sun comes round again so we can see this trend in full swing in London.


Words By Yasmin Graham