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Step back in time

Clashing colours on hoodies harked back to the 1980s, while technical fabrics, preppy styling and vintage sportswear were revisited for spring. Drapers asked four buyers to sum up the biggest trends on show at streetwear exhibition TBC.


Neons were an important story for block and geometric designs, which featured heavily on sweatshirts and track tops

Michael Hayes, manager of Sa-kis in Sheffield - "We'll be buying into the 1980s story, but not too obviously - we'll focus on blasted lightweight denim. It's hard to know what route to take because every range touches upon every trend, so you have to go with a lot of looks."


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Skinny-fit pastel cardigans and finely striped collarless shirts heralded another season for the preppy look

Mark Shepherd, owner of Boola in Darlington - "I stock a mix of streetwear brands and more contemporary labels, so I'm looking for brands that will complement both. The preppy story handles this middle ground well. Subtle detailing and clean lines are definitely where it's at."


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Polo shirts with contrast collars sat alongside 1970s-inspired sportswear

Mark Lovett, owner of Traffic Clothing in Chelmsford - "We've been buying into the retro look for a long time, but it's definitely a look that's here to stay. For spring 08 we'll be focusing on the cleaner fabrics, cleaner lines and cleaner designs that are dominating the trend."


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Lightweight outerwear in coated cotton and nylon was key for bomber-style jackets and macs

Nigel Binnie, owner of Northern Threads in Tyne & Wear - "We've been buying into technical heavily, focusing mainly on track tops. A lot of ranges are inspired by it, from Sergio Tacchini to Lyle & Scott. Heritage brands like Farah and Aertex look interesting."


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