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John Hughes died of a heart attack on August 6, 2009. i’m sure it is all over the blog world but i have to put up my little gravestone for him as writer/director/producer [the credits vary on the following] of The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles and my favourite Pretty In Pink. i love the intro of Pretty In Pink so much. when Molly Ringwald is getting dressed in all her DIY, reworked vintage clothing, all the lace, and florals and so many of the things we have been loving again for a while. and i mention pink so often here, how could i not post this. though i wasn’t actually into these films when they came out, i got into them more recently, they made me feel really sentimental. i was “new wave” for a little while with a lot of pearls and white sneakers and lace. but then get into a harder look i guess, we called it “glam punk”.


[this photo is probably more 90s than 80s.]

not sure if that is an official term but it was all black plastic, black leather, studs, chains, platforms, neon… but with a good dose of rock, cartoon helium, Edie Sedgewick, Betty Boop, and hip hop in there too. can you picture it? i guess we were actually “club kids”, and basically in outer space. you’d have to go into the fashion crimes set of my flickr stream to see what i mean, if you feel so inclined.

so here’s to John Hughes and the 80s he made… with the original version of the Psychedelic Furs’ Pretty In Pink…

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i always feel pretty disenfranchised. like some teenage phase that never ends. never comfortable with where i live but loving the whole world. it makes the internet a perfect home no? it’s also just what a lot of us feel as a global culture i think. i could relate to this blog entry from I LIKE TO FORK MYSELF, for reasons that may not be obvious. though i’m not sure if growing up ever really happens. you just keep growing.

speaking of confusion. what is this Black Rain movie? i have to see this. what a strange late 80s international action film. this makes my brain cross-eyed. and, friends, brace yourself for the music.

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because i really love my 80s Calvins and was just wearing them again for the Seethru tote and Calla tote photos. because i just keep wanting to watch Youtubes of her in the 80s. her eyebrows are greatness!

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i’ve been blogging for years now! and have realized that i need to change a few things. for example, i think i will add more video. we shall see. but while looking for fresh and wonderful things, this original Emmanuelle film came up on Youtube. not that french adult films from the 70s are the new direction of the blog. it’s just the theme song and opening and i’d say it’s safe for work. the song is so wonderful and so is her dressing gown and her furniture is incredible.

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From the 1970s french musical Peau d‘Âne by Jacques Demy. This was a favourite film of mine when I was little. I didn’t blog this before because the actual fairytale is disturbing but I have to share this sky dress…

And if I was in front of you right now, I would probably be jumping up and down saying- you have to watch this! There is a fairy godmother in a floaty lavender dress who bursts through a floral ceiling panel backwards. There are flowers everywhere actually, in what I can only call psychedelic pastels. And life size plastic elk. This is all in Peau d‘Âne’s bedroom. And not only a sky dress with moving glowing clouds but a moon dress as well. The sun dress isn’t included in this clip…

Thanks V for reminding me of this.

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For Vancouverites, look at this wonderful bunch of films soon to be showing at Pacific Cinematheque- Signore & Signore: Leading Ladies of Italian Cinema. Seeing as I’ve been mentioning Italy a fair bit recently, this is so perfect for summer I can’t believe it, I am so in.

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Is it a bad sign when you want to write about a movie twice in your blog? Is it boring repetition? Or just serious reverence? Dunno. But I’m watching all the Sopranos episodes again, just made that dress for my sister’s trip to Venice, and also just got a beautiful Italian postcard from my online friend east of, who is just very very ultra.

So Italy is on my mind in a few ways. And I keep thinking back to Pietro Germi’s film because I think some of my online friends would love it visually plus it is funny, has great music, and is just interesting historically but heck you can ignore that part if you like.

And now forget the past. I want to see this…

“Gaspar Noé’s film Enter the Void, presented at the 2009 Cannes film festival.” Video excerpt shot by Olivier Zahm for his purple DIARY.

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In this seemingly endless run-up to posting my new Venice dress [it’s not that big a deal actually, just a dress!] here are some stripey images I like from Luchino Visconti’s Death in Venice, and all of them of with the character Tadzio.

There is a montage of Tadzio here.

And if you thinking there may be stripes in this dress, you are thinking right.

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I don’t know why I was thinking about this. This isn’t the scene I wanted but I do like the LOVE/HATE hand tattoo thing.

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Probably my most favourite item of pink clothing ever. Also, I love her and this film.

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