Month: March 2017

Fashion Flashback Friday: The 1980s

Fashion Flashback Friday: The 1980s

When you think of ’80s fashion, you probably think big, bright and bold. There was no one-size-fits-all when it came to style, although most of the clothing seems to have been one size: large. You could be preppy, yuppie, punk, hip-hop – possibly all within one outfit.

Let’s explore some of the trends that made the ’80s the ’80s.

Power Suits

Although the phrase “power suit” conjures images of douche-bros with slicked back hair (oh who are we kidding, we totally have a crush on Gordon Gekko), the power suit was also the uniform of the ’80s working woman, from Diane Keaton to Melanie Griffith (and of course actual non-fictional people).

Get me the head of Darryl Hannah

Made popular by designer Giorgio Armani, the power suit – for both men and women – featured broad shoulders and wide lapels. For men, a crisp shirt with banker stripes, suspenders and a classic silk tie completed the look. Think Gekko of course, but also Judd Nelson in St. Elmo’s Fire or Richard Gere in American Gigolo.

Judd Nelson in St. Elmo’s Fire
Richard Gere: just an American Gigolo

Women’s power suits were apparently aimed making women as sexless as possible, with giant shoulder pads and below-the-knee skirts. Add a high-necked blouse and “pussy bow” and you’re totally ready to pass yourself off as an executive and steal Harrison Ford.

Babies also make great accessories. (Diane Keaton in Baby Boom)
Working Girl Melanie Griffith before the tragic plastic surgery

Athletic Wear

“Athleisure” was a buzzword in 2016, but this trend began in the early ’80s. Track suits, made from polyester and rayon as well as velour made their way off the fields and into the mainstream.

They were also popular among swingers.

The aerobics craze, coupled with the popularity of movies like Fame and Flashdance,  made legwarmers a thing, and these colorful tubes – ideally the same color as your Forenza sweater – could be found on young women from Boston to the Bay Area.

Thanks Jane Fonda

Preppy 

Lisa Birnbach’s 1980 book The Preppy Handbook was intended to skewer the upper middle class, but instead ended up inspiring a trend.

Preppy fashion took its cues from New England prep-schools – think khakis, oxford shirts and sport coats (or blazers for women). Leisure wear included brightly colored pants with little designs and polo shirts. A popped collar was de rigueur.

Michael Bowen and Deborah Foreman show off their Valley Girl Prep

Add some pearl earrings and a little alligator (or polo player) on your breast and you’re all ready to party at Dorrian’s Red Hand.

Clothing was conservatively tailored, but came in bright colors, like pink and Kelly green. Tying a sweater around your neck was not unheard of, and if you happened to be wearing a sweater around your neck while appearing in a high school movie of the period, chances are, you’re the bad guy.

Classic ’80s villains

Punk

Punk traces its beginnings to England in the ’70s, where it was seen as “an intentional rebuttal of the perceived excess and pretension found in mainstream music.” Shorter, unkempt hair and dirty, torn t-shirts paired with jeans and a leather jacket replaced the slick, flashy styles of the disco era.

By the ’80s, Punk music had evolved in both the U.S. and UK and so did its fashion. T-shirts with political slogans and customized leather jackets or denim vests became popular.

Anarchy!

Hair was spiked, sculpted into a mohawk or cut really short.

London Punks
This dude is not fucking around

Body piercings and tattoos were in and the Doc Marten or combat boot adorned most punk feet.

Docs

Designers like Vivienne Westwood, Anna Sui and Jean-Paul Gaultier began to introduce punk elements into their lines, which brought many of the styles into the mainstream.

Vivienne Westwood (far right) and her punk-inspired designs

Hip-Hop

Hip-hop originated among African-American and Latin youth in NYC, L.A., Chicago and other inner cities, each of which contributed its own elements.

In the late ’70s, sportswear brands such as Le Coq Sportif, Kangol, Adidas and Pro-Keds attached themselves to the emerging hip hop scene. Its adherents wore brightly colored track suits, leather bomber jackets and brand name sneakers, such as Pro-Keds, Puma, Converse’s Chuck Taylor All-stars, and Adidas Superstars.

Heavy gold jewelry – chains for men and big earrings for women – became hallmarks of hip-hop fashion. Other popular accessories included bucket hats, nameplates and multiple rings. Luxury brand names like Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Gucci and logos adorned custom-designed tracksuits, jackets and mink coats, made popular in the early ’80s by Dapper Dan, a Harlem-based designer.

Run DMC
Grandmaster Flash
Salt’n’Pepa

Toward the end of the decade, styles began to incorporate traditional African influences, such as the fez, Kente cloth (a textile) hats and kufis (another type of hat). Blousey pants were famously worn by artists like MC Hammer.

Please Hammer, don’t hurt me with your enormous pants

And that wraps up our partial overview of the ’80s fashion scene. We hope you enjoyed it. If you want to learn more, check out the sites below.

retrowaste.com
liketotally80s.com
Wikipedia
complex.com
80sfashion.org

And just for fun, here are some pics of Les Femmes in all their gnarly ’80s glory.

Luscious Lane chilling circa 1986. Oversized Oxford, double socks.
Luscious Lane 1987
Luscious Lane prom pic, 1988
Hellz Kitten looking thrilled for the first day of 8th grade, 1983
Hellz Kitten made it through the year. 8th Grade grad, 1984. Sweet mullet!
Hellz Kitten prom, 1987. Her enthusiasm is overwhelming.
Ruby Mechant (right) and sister, 1986
Ruby looking adorbs in her Popeye shirt, 1983
Ruby Mechant in 1982 – already naked!

Crazy about the ’80s? Come see Decadent: 100 Years of Burlesque at The Triad on April 22.  TICKETS

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Throwback Thursday: Burlesque (not really) of the 1980s

Throwback Thursday: Burlesque (not really) of the 1980s

Burlesque of the ’80s? There was no burlesque in the ’80s. There were strip clubs and Porky’s, but no burlesque. But that doesn’t mean there weren’t beautiful, iconic women who would inspire our modern generation of burlesque performers.

Here are some of them.

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Love is a battlefield, and Pat Benatar was its fiercest warrior.
What says “’80s excess” more than Joan Collins as Dynasty’s Alexis Colby? One look from her and you want throw a drink on yourself.
Oh, poor tragic Whitney Houston. Didn’t we almost have it all?
This controversial 1981 Calvin Klein ad featured a 15-year-old Brooke Shields, who declared that “nothing” came between her and her Calvins.
Gypsies, tramps and thieves…might be hiding in that hair. The ever -fabulous Cher gives us some late ’80s realness. If only we could turn back time.

And then there’s Madonna. Maybe the most iconic star of the decade (the millennium?). You can make fun of her acting, her fake British accent or her penchant for collecting African children, but the fact remains, Madonna IS the 1980s. Here are some of her signature ’80s looks.

The look that started it all – the Lucky Star/Desperately Seeking days.
An homage to Marilyn: Material Girl
Papa, don’t preach – I’m going to be a huge star and we can get the F outta Staten Island.

Want more ’80s? Come see Decadent: 100 Years of Burlesque at The Triad on April 22.  TICKETS

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A ‘Luscious’ Trip Down Memory ‘Lane’

A ‘Luscious’ Trip Down Memory ‘Lane’

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Ohmigod, it’s like, totally the ’80s already! Brush off your shoulder pads and Rubik’s Cube, crank up your boombox and let’s get to know our ’80s lady: Luscious Lane.

1. What is your favorite thing about the 1980s? 
I’m a child of the ’80s and some habits are hard to break! Everything had to match: your shoes, top, socks, scrunchie… I still catch myself doing this today, well, minus the scrunchies! I still love the music and I can count on ’80s music to turn my mood around if I need it.

2. If you could have drinks/dinner with any person from that era, real or fictional, who would it be and why?
Easy, Jake Ryan from Sixteen Candles. But only if he picks me up in his red Porsche.

Michael Schoeffling as Jake Ryan in Sixteen Candles. Call us, Jake!

3. Is there anyone from today you think embodies the idea of the 1980s?
I still think Madonna embodies the ’80s. She helped shape the decade and so many teenage girls like myself, who wore fishnet tops, black rubber bracelets up their arm and wanted to roll around on gondolas in Venice.

Still got it: ’80s It Girl Madonna

Come experience (or relive) the ’80s with Luscious Lane on April 22 at The Triad. Need tickets? Click here!

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Decadent - 1980s - LusciousLane

Music/Movie Monday: Let’s Do The Time Warp Again – the ’70s

Music/Movie Monday: Let’s Do The Time Warp Again – the ’70s

Say what you will about the malaise of ’70s, but the decade had some damn good music. Whether you like funk, rock or disco, there was always something awesome to dance to (or crank up while cruising in your ’72 Charger). What’s your favorite?

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“I got you babe” Sonny and Cher
It’s as easy as ABC, 123 – The Jackson 5
Mad Man from across the pond – Elton John
How about a little Kiss?
Hop on the Souuuuuuullllllllllll Train
How deep is your love for the Bee Gees?
Mamma Mia! It’s ABBA
You can find these guys In the Navy or down at the YMCA – The Village People
This gal will cut you with her Heart of Glass – Blondie

And then there were the movies. Remember these?

Diane Keaton is Annie Hall (1975)
The one that started it all – Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford in Star Wars (1977)
Sandy gives Danny a hand job, er Hand Jive – Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta in Grease (1978)
We loooooooove to watch you dance, Tony – John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever (1977)
You talkin’ to Robert DeNiro? Taxi Driver (1976)
Here’s an offer you can’t refuse: Marlon Brando as The Godfather. (1972)
Here’s to swimmin’ with bow-legged women. Jaws (1975)
Yo! It’s Sly Stallone as Rocky Balboa in Rocky (1976)
Heyy, Warp this – Patricia Quinn, Tim Curry and Nell Campbell in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

Wanna get your groove on? The ’70s live again on April 22 at The Triad. Need tickets? Click here!

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Party Like it’s 1979: The Harvey Wallbanger

Party Like it’s 1979: The Harvey Wallbanger

It’s the ’70s and sleek cocktail lounges of the ’50s and ’60s have given way to blonde-wooded, fern-bedecked singles bars. The hairy-chested, gold-chained, porn-stached lounge lizard three seats over wants to buy you a drink. What are you going to have?

A Harvey Wallbanger, of course! I mean, it’s got “bang” right in the name. (Why else did you come out tonight?)

Drink historians (yeah, I guess there are such a thing) consider the ’70s the “Death Valley of cocktail eras.” Mixed drinks were laden with heavy cream and sickly sweet liqueurs, “fine” wine included Riunite (“that’s nice!”) and the great national debate pitted “tastes great” against “less filling.” Comparatively, the Harvey Wallbanger is a bastion of sophistication. Plus, you can finally use that bottle of Galliano you inherited from  your grandma.

The Harvey Wallbanger

Ingredients
1 oz. vodka
4 oz. orange juice
1⁄2 oz. Galliano liqueur

Directions
Pour vodka and orange juice into an ice-filled collins glass. Stir. Float Galliano on top by pouring gently over the back of a spoon.

There’s a whole backstory behind the ‘Banger, involving a California surfer, but it turns out to be mostly bullshit and actually an invention of a copywriter who worked for the company that makes Galliano in the ’70s. Which might make that the most ’70s thing ever.

Anyway, we hope you liked this recipe. Now go get that lounge lizard- but make sure you take your rings off before you hit the sack. Don’t wanna get ’em caught in his chest hair.

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Throwback Thursday: Burlesque (sort of) of the ’70s

Throwback Thursday: Burlesque (sort of) of the ’70s

As we learned last week, by the late ’50s and ’60s, burlesque was out and strips clubs were in.

By the ’70s, sleaze was the name of the game. The subtlety of a saucy, slow glove-peel gave way to in-your-face nudity.

No place was this more apparent than NYC’s Times Square, where the great burlesque houses of the ’20s and ’30s were replaced by peep shows, topless bars and porn theaters. For some pics of Times Square during the ’70s, check out this link.

And here’s a history of topless women in Times Square.

But there are some ’70s icons and sex symbols who immediately come to mind and here are a few.

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THE classic image of the ’70s: the iconic Farrah Fawcett poster that graced the walls (and spank bank) of many a high school dude.
Bo Derek was ’10’ during the late ’70s. C’mon, you know you rocked the corn rows that summer!
Girl next door, Cybill Shepherd
Badass: Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman lassoed the world with her gold rope
Speaking of badass, these Angels knew what was up. Jaclyn Smith, Kate Jackson and Farrah Fawcett in Charlie’s Angels
Another girl next door. Yeah, that’s creepy, but rumor has it she made out with her TV brother so… Maureen McCormick as Marcia Brady
And one for the ladies… Burt Reynolds poses nude for Cosmo in 1972. Er, thanks?

Come feed your nostalgia on April 22 at The Triad. Need tickets? Click here!

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Get your Groove On with Munroe Lilly

Get your Groove On with Munroe Lilly

Munroe Lilly is the ’70s’ ‘hair’ apparent!

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It’s the ’70s and that means it’s time to do a little dance, make a little love and, obviously, get down tonight. Munroe Lilly is here and wants to get down with you. Won’t you join him?

1. What is your favorite thing about the ’70s?

I love the ’70s for the clothes, hair and the overall vibe. It was about free love, peace, happiness, and fighting war through music and protest. Add in the psychedelic drugs and you have basically the perfect decade.

2. If you could have drinks/dinner with any person from that era, real or fictional, who would it be and why?

Honestly, I would love to have drinks with a lot of people from that decade. ’70s-era Diana Ross, Cher, and Tina turner. Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, David Bowie. And on and on… they all encompass/ed a specific kind of strength that I identify with and that’s having the courage to do and be exactly who they want to be both on and off the stage. They all were/are so electric as performers and yet were/are complicated people. I see a lot of myself in all of them.

3. Is there anyone from today you think embodies the idea of the ’70s?

My very good friend Lillian! (who happens to be the ‘Lilly’ in Munroe Lilly.) She’s such a gentle spirit. I call her my bohemian goddess. She has a great deal of that specific kind of courage that I admire. She does what she wants and on her terms with an air of beauty, truth, and love.

Come see Munroe Lilly, the “Black diamond: Rare and Beautiful” at the Triad on 4/22. TICKETS! 

Party Like It’s 1969: The Old Fashioned

Party Like It’s 1969: The Old Fashioned

Yes folks, it’s the ’60s and cocktail parties are all the rage. Here’s a great article  on how to throw the perfect ’60s soirée. All you need is booze, bacon (to wrap everything in, natch) and of course, a boatload of cream cheese.

But you’re going to need something to wash down your bacon-wrapped cream cheese, so how about Don Draper’s favorite drink, an Old Fashioned?

Esquire calls the Old Fashioned the “OG cocktail” and it’s hard to argue with that.

The Old Fashioned

60soldfashioned

Ingredients
2 oz. rye or bourbon
3 dashes Angostura bitters
1 Sugar Cube
Club Soda
1 old fashioned glass

Directions
Place sugar cube (or 1/2 teaspoon loose sugar) in an Old Fashioned glass.
Wet it down with 2 or 3 dashes of Angostura bitters and a short splash of club soda.
Crush sugar with a muddler
Rotate glass so sugar grains and bitters give it a lining
Add a large ice cube
Pour in the rye (or bourbon)
Serve with a stirring rod and garnish with an orange slice (and a maraschino cherry) if you’re so inclined.

Variation: You can also muddle the sugar and bitters with an orange slice and cherry for a fruity version that would probably make Don Draper angry. (Oh who are we kidding, Don would drink anything.)

Recipe: Esquire

There you have it – the perfect drink to quaff while banging your secretary.

And don’t forget to get your tickets to Decadent: 100 Years of Burlesque.

Fashion Flashback Friday: The ’60s

Fashion Flashback Friday: The ’60s

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, peeps! We hope you’re getting your green on today. And speaking of fashion, the ’60s had some dope styles.

’60s fashion ran the gamut from buttoned-up and tailored at the beginning to wild and crazy at the end. Jackie Kennedy was the style icon of the early ’60s, with her tailored, smart Chanel-type suits and pillbox hats. The mid-’60s gave us the bright colors and patterns of the Mod movement and by the end of the decade, “anything goes” and hippie chic were all the rage.

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Early ’60s dresses resembled ’50s styles
More ’50s style in the ’60s. Tight waist and full skirts. Shorter hemlines, though.
And then along came Jackie
And her pillboxes
And effortless style
Women copied her look
Women copied her look
The mid-60s gives us the mod look, with bright patterns and colors.

Twiggy was the mod “It Girl”
She embodied the “pixie” look
Audrey was another popular pixie
Brigitte Bardot rocked the sex kitten scene
More Brigitte
Meow
The Babydoll look was big in the mid to late '60s
The Babydoll look was big in the mid to late ’60s.
More babydoll looks
More babydoll looks
And then there were the hippies…London’s Carnaby St.
More British hippies
More British hippies
Festival hippies
Festival hippies
Protesting hippies
Protesting hippies
Who needs fashion? 1967
Who needs fashion? (1967)
Men's silhouettes were tighter
Men’s silhouettes were more tailored to the body
Mod Men, London
Mod Men, London
Male hippies
Male hippies

We hope you liked this groovy journey through history. To see more ’60s fashion, including hair, shoes and accessories, try the sites below. They have amazing info and you can even buy stuff.

vintagedancer.com
retrowaste.com
whowhatwear.com
twiggylawson.co.uk

Be sure to come back next week as we dust off our bell bottoms and tackle the Me Decade.

And if you haven’t gotten your tickets for Decadent: 100 Years of Burlesque you can do so HERE.

Have a great weekend!
xoxo

The ’60s: To Hellz and Back

The ’60s: To Hellz and Back

Hellz Kitten channels Betty Draper
Instagram: @hellzkittennyc
Websitehellzkitten.com

 The ’60s were explosive, uprooting everything from music to art to fashion to politics and taking us from the staid ’50s to the “anything goes” ’70s. Hellz Kitten is obsessed with the ’60s, so who better to represent this debaucherous decade?

 1. What is your favorite thing about the ’60s?
I love everything about the ’60s, from the clothes to the music. I like how the decade started out buttoned up and conservative, but by the end, all bets were off and YOLO was the name of the game. I mean it probably wasn’t good for society, but it looks like a lot of fun.
 
2. If you could have drinks/dinner with any person from that era, real or fictional, who would it be and why?
Well, Don Draper, obviously, since I’m obsessed with Mad Men and because despite all his faults, he’s a gentleman who knows how to treat a lady (at least in the moment).
Cheers
 But I’d also like to get into Jim Morrison’s leather pants.

Or maybe a young(ish) Marlon Brando (although he’d probably bore you death with his causes all night).

Meow

I’d love to see Janis Joplin live.

Badass

And maybe someone who could teach me how to do a cat-eye properly.

3. Is there anyone from today you think embodies the idea of the ’60s?
I’m hopeless about today’s pop culture, unless Wendy Williams is talking about on Hot Topics. But there are a lot of songs on my “Hipster Cocktail Party” Pandora station that sound kinda neo-groovy, so I’ll go with that.
Come get groovy with Hellz Kitten on April 22 at The Triad.
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