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Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Valley Girl ’80s Style Is Back

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I caught myself watching one of my favorite movies from my youth this weekend, 1983’s classic Valley Girl, and it was still like as totally bitchin’ as it was when I first saw it at age 11. It is all this movie’s fault that I sound stupid by saying “like” all the time. The fashions that once seemed so completely dated and ridiculous, now THIRTY YEARS OLD, were  looking pretty fly to me again.

Royal blue is enjoying a resurgence right now, in fashion and home design. We’re digging the punch of electric blue on the powder coated base of the Eastvold Elko Credenza:

And in the Brooklyn style of the Build Your Block Contemporary Building Pillow:

You know that line about “before you leave the house, remove one thing” (I think Coco Chanel or Diana Vreeland said it). Anyway, the Vals did the opposite, they were very into accessories and would look in the mirror before leaving the house and then add five more things, including a bandana:

Today, we can take that Valley Girl love of accessories and boil it down to a more modern look, with one colorful statement ring like this one from fruitsuper:

Instead of ’80s heart-shaped sunglasses, go for a fun heart-shaped necklace (also available in “HIS”):

Finally, you can shop at the mall like a Valley Girl, but those plastic bags are grody to the max! Find something that’s way better for the environment and your outfit, like Flowie’s Market Totes:

We also love remembering boom boxes. The Analog Nights Pillow from Aimee Wilder brings me back to the ’80s but has an updated and fresh retro look:

Gratuitous pre-dinosaur egg purchasing Nicolas Cage shot:

Valley Girl Bonus: Moon Unit Zappa’s hit song interpreted by the Solid Gold Dancers.

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Monday, October 19th, 2009

Inspiration Monday: Seventies and Eighties

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Lately I’ve been trying to make sense of Kelly Wearstler’s latest Bravura Modern designs. They seem to be in every magazine this month, as part of the promotion for her new book Hue. While they are way too much for me, when I deconstruct them, I can appreciate the pieces and what she’s getting at. Seeing how beautiful her line for SFERRA has helped me see this, as well as how much I love some of the wallpapers she’s designed. She gets a lot of her current inspiration from the 1980s. The eighties usually make me think of shoulder pads, Miami Vice, too many florals, chintz, and peach.

This week, I decided to take down an old book from my shelf, The Decorator by Florence de Dampierre. It’s fabulous. You’d never guess it was published in 1989, because the designs featured in it are so timeless and elegant. You can see how much the works of Sister Parish, Albert Hadley, David Hicks, Bunny Williams et. al. have influenced more classic designers like Michael S. Smith and Celerie Kemble today, as well as renegades like Wearstler. Here are just a few favorites from this must-have tome.

Mario Buatta mid-1970s bedroom. photographed by Richard Champion.

Garousle/Bonetti Design. photographs by Simon Kentish; sketch by Mattia Bonetti

2 preceding photos: Albert Hadley Design. Photographs by Antoine Bootz

Michael Krieger Design. Photograph by Antoine Bootz

Sandra Nunnerly Design for a Kip’s Bay Show House. Photograph by Grand Mudford

Does this one scream Jonathan Adler/Kelly Wearstler or what?

Betty Sherrill Design. Photograph by Grisby and Michael Dunn

Right now The Decorator is available used at amazon for under $5.00. Buy it! You won’t regret it! As for Hue, I haven’t previewed it yet, so I can’t recommend it, but I am heading over to pre-order it now and I’ll let you know.

first image via mirror mirror via Vogue.

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