Time to go Retro

Shereen Shabnam


My latest fashion inspiration comes from the AllSaints Autumn 2016 collection which highlights the latest chapter in the brand’s ongoing global journey. Entitled Remote Control, the collection takes its inspiration from 1980s Tokyo as the emerging ‘electric city’, typified by the remote control device, which, more than ever, depicts today’s obsession with channel zapping and the digital era’s desire for restless novelty and immediacy.


Remember the patchwork of 1980s references – some subtle, others overt – that twists, decodes and reconstructs the era’s sartorial motifs and places them in contemporary Tokyo, itself an intoxicating urban crossroads of cultures and identities.


My favourite is the iconic AllSaints’ biker jacket that comes re-shaped with rounded shoulders and accompanied by ultra short dresses, silk leopard print socks and slips, and stiletto leather ankle boots; oversize mannish volumes are sharply belted in to accentuate femininity.


For accessories, check out the bag collection, which sees oversized hobo bags and totes combine with small clutches with removable chains – the elegant evening bag retaining AllSaints’ edge and attitude. Sheepskin patchworks, water snake panels and coated tweed fabrics extend the signature fabrics of leather and suede, while detailing such as oversized belt buckles, shiny snake chains, braided handles and extended tassels express the intricacies and idiosyncrasies of the modern woman’s lifestyle.