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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The 1980s - ur doin it wrong

Something has been buggin' me ever since I saw this promo shot for the Gossip Girl spinoff "Valley Girls." The new show is set in the 1980s and centers on the wild child adventures of Serena's mother. But the thing is no one looked like that 25 years ago.

The clothing is way off. That jacket looks more like something from Balmain's fall 2009 collection than anything we wore in the Eighties. The make-up is completely wrong. The eyes should be brighter, the blush more intense and stripe-y, and the lips bolder - something like this.

And then there's the hair. I understand the actress probably didn't want to cut her $3000 extensions, but come on. There needs to be some feathering action going on.

I can only guess that the "Valley Girls" costume designers and make-up artists are in their twenties and have no first-hand recollection of the decade that gave the world Cyndi Lauper and Madonna 1.0. But how hard is it to source a couple of old yearbooks?


Or one of the 63 films John Hughes made during that decade?


Or to request vintage photos of yours truly?


25 comments:

David said...

Your bangs were totally awesome!

Baglady said...

Wow. I am totally loving you in the blazer, quiff and big specs. G O R G E O U S!

Anne (in Reno) said...

So true, that looks like it was styled by somebody who just likes current out-there versions of 80's fashion and couldn't care less about the authentic baggy sweatshirts and fluffy hair potential they are missing out on.

Also, AWESOME photos of you.

Also also, my verification word is Priagis - sounds like a prescription for erectile dysfunction.

Awesome Sara said...

wow. i was just a fetus during the 80s. i was lucky.

Robin said...

Yeah, her hair doesn't have anywhere the height or flammability (from all the hairspray) that it needs to be authentic. Your hair, on the other hand, looks like it would stand up to a stiff breeze across the HS parking lot. You are brave, I am afraid to post my HS pics, its bad enought theypop up on Facebook.

Debi said...

You are so brave to post your pictures - but I LOVE them! It absolutely proves your point nicely.

Alexis said...

I totally agree! She's not even wearing anything with horizontal stripes, which is all I wore.

I love your old pictures!

Camilla @ Designalogue Blog said...

i love you dreamy girl shots! Through the 80's I was just a wee kidlet going through primary school. i would wear fabulous outfits that my mumma purchased from Kmart -turquoise tshirts with TSHIRT written ablaze WHAM style! with matching turquoise patterned knee highs and ofcorse - the high side ponytail! Oh just Gorgeous!

Tikimama said...

Tubular photos of you!

I so wish I could lay my hands on a scan of the photo of me mid-80s with half-spiked, half-bobbed hairdo, kohl-rimmed eyes, white lipstick, and my awesome dragon necklace. My sister has hair sorta like yours, but with a 12-inch tail -remember those?!

Designers' Brew said...

OMG, PRICELESS. I missed most of that, thank god, but I caught the tail end in the early 90's. For my seventh grade overnight field trip, I wore black acid washed jeans, red suede cowboy boots, an enormously oversized electric purple cardigan. Spiral-permed hair. OOoooohh, yeaaaaaaaahhh.

thehomebound said...

This made my day! I was in in elementary school during the late 80's and desperately wanted to look just like you and all of the fab high school girls.

Tight-rolling jeans, feathering the bangs, blazers... oh my.

me melodia said...

Great post!
I love your photos.

Raina said...

Thank you, Me Melodia, and welcome! I have fallen deeply in like with your blog and shall be stalking you in the most benign of ways.

nkp said...

Love the shoulder pads. I miss my aqua net and suspect it did much to destroy the ozone layer.

You look fantabulous!!!

The hubs and I saw George Michael in concert just this year, man, those are some memories!

Pen Pen said...

OMG!! That's been bothering me too!!! If they're gonna do justice to the side pony tail decade of awesomeness, they need to do some research!! They should go rent 'Working Girl' or something! :)

David said...

OMG Aqua Net. Now that was a hair product that said you were serious.

Lotta said...

Or go see Adventureland. I thought they did it well.

Raina said...

Oh Hunnee! That turquoise tower of polymer power never left my teenage bathroom counter.

And a big Howdy to Pen Pen. Welcome to this deliciousness!

hello gorgeous said...

I haven't heard of that show but I'm much too old for Gossip Girl.

Yes, the first thing that stood out for me was the hair was not nearly tall enough!!

And where were the massive shoulder pads??!!

Love your photos. <3

only a movie said...

Love your photos, Raina. I need a damn scanner. I could so some serious 80s nostalgia damage.

Also, I think I had that green sweater.

Decorina said...

Hilarious.

The poufy bang thingy defintely lives on here in Denver. First and formost the local CHICAS (Hispanic female gang bangers) enhance the look with 4 pounds of black makeup that makes them look like...I dunno, roller derby queens or something.

And then there are the polygs (not any here, but I see them when I travel in Utah). They also take the poufy bang thing to new, um, heights.

erin@designcrisis said...

Rainaaaaaa! There are no words for how awesome your photos are!!!

I was an active participant in the late 80's broccoli bang phenomenon, had the most amazing patched up tight rolled jeans paired with oversize sweaters, and sported a shiny pair of braces to really cap the whole look.

Stunning, I tell you.

lucitebox said...

You look totally awesome!

Daine said...

Man, you had me fooled, I would have sworn those were Justine Bateman publicity shots during "Family Ties."

karly / design-crisis.com said...

Broccoli Bang Phenomenon. Ha!

Your pictures are amazing! This post is a gift from the heavens.

As for that show, it won't make it past season one. promise.