Courtesy of the NYT. Cast members of the sketch-comedy TV show “Alfresco,” from left, Hugh Laurie, Ben Elton, Siobhan Redmond, Emma Thompson, Paul Shearer and Stephen Fry in 1983.
To me, one of the odd things about 1980s mainstream fashion, that it kind of looks modern (would you look too much at people on the street if they dressed like this?), but if you really look at it, it’s off. The high-waisted pants… the loose shirts… the feathered hair that could only be attained with special brushes.
Awwww, Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry… you’re so young! And Emma Thompson is barely recognizable, with her brown feathered hair. Huh.
(Source: The New York Times)
Matthew Broderick from 1988’s Torch Song Trilogy thanks all you lovely new followers. I’m sorry I’m not the most dependable of posters… I am easily distracted. Yet I have not forgotten this little blog. The ’80s lives in my heart.
Anyway, speaking of the ’80s, Broderick’s scenes in Trilogy are supposedly set from ‘73 to ‘79. However this ensemble looks pure ’80s to me, what with the shortish blow-dried feathered hair and super narrow preppy collar. I don’t really think they were prepared yet in 1988 for truly authentic 1970s costuming.
I remember when this movie came out. I was so excited, because I had a huge crush on Broderick because of his work in Ferris Bueller, Wargames and Ladyhawke. But a serious drama written and directed by Harvey Fierstein about the lives and loves of various gay New Yorkers in the 1970s was not really something that was supposed to appeal to tweeny preppy doe-eyed suburbanites in the late ’80s. And it didn’t.
My tweeny preppy doe-eyed suburbanite self was very sad.
It’s been a long time since I’ve posted to this Tumblr, but here’s some man candy for you faithful followers. It’s not a photo— it’s a romance cover done for an old category romance, “Here There Be Dragons,” by Marianne Clark, back in 1984. The back blurb is delightfully purple and very “Dynasty”ish:
Handsome and famous TV newsman Gabe Whitfield was everything a woman could want —and everything beautiful Rachel Novak feared. When Gabe took over the old Whitfield mansion, he seemed to embody all the forces of change that threatened the historic town of Cade’s Harbor, where Rachel worked to preserve and restore the treasures of the past. Rachel fought him tooth and nail—until her body betrayed her in a night of love that lived only for the moment, in the arms of a man who refused to promise more. Rachel wondered how she could trust Gabe and his glittering, globe-hopping life—until he left, and she discovered how achingly empty her safe haven was without his passion….
There aren’t many clothing details here, but I like Gabe’s pale straight-cut jeans, and of course his masses of feathered blond hair.
Remember Anthony Edwards, the balding bespectacled doctor in ER? Well, once upon a time, he had lots of blond feathered hair. I admit it, this is a look I actually kind of miss.
Here he is, striking a pose in Cold War thriller/comedy Gotcha (1985). You can’t see much of his clothes— well, apart from his suspiciously shiny leather bomber jacket and super preppy popped collar— but man, that hair! Classic.
Gotta love Bruce Boxleitner from Tron, in his feathered hair and gigantic rectangular early ’80s glasses!
Apparently in Kushiel’s Dart the big whorehouse is called “Night Court.” Seriously. Of course, I started thinking of the show Night Court and how John Laroquette would make a great pimp. He certainly wore some pimpin’ suits, as in this pic. Look at that pocket square! And those clashing stripes! The ’80s were certainly a great decade for clashing patterns.