Folks like me who came of age in the '80s are having a rough go of it lately when it comes to the pop culture figures who defined our youth. Yesterday's sudden death of writer/director John Hughes lit up Facebook and Twitter with favorite quotes and nostalgia. This man completely defined that period for so many with Pretty in Pink, Some Kind of Wonderful, The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and Sixteen Candles (Jake Ryan!) just to name of few of his classics. He was the voice of a generation. It's not just the writing that I remember, though it is pretty damn genius. But also the sartorial "voice". I tried to recreate so many of the outfits from his movies, with often hilarious results, I must say. Of course, the first character that comes to mind is the ever eclectic Andie Walsh in Pretty in Pink. I longed to be able to fashion a groovy prom dress or wear a hat the way she could. And who didn't dream of a quirky best friend like Duckie? Oh, sweet Duckie and his mismatched fabulousness. And let's not forget the preppy perfection that is Blane and Stef.
I definitely cut the fingers off some leather gloves and tried to rock it out Watts-style. And though Miss Amanda Jones did nothing for me, rich girl Claire Standish from The Breakfast Club probably looked most similar to what I wanted my style to be at the time. The long skirt with the boots and the belt and the bloused shirt. Perfection. Full disclosure: I totally used to dance like her up in my room alone too. Really every character in a Hughes film is so perfectly styled to reflect the moment and the essence of who each one was supposed to be and yet there is something that you can relate to in every single one of them. Which brings to mind one of my favorite quotes... "But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain, and an athlete, and a basket case, a princess, and a criminal. Does that answer your question?" Thanks for your brilliance, John Hughes.