Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Still Desperate

I have been memed by Emmak to share three classic movie moments that have, in some shape or form, made me buy things/do things/think things that perhaps I shouldn't have.
First up is 'Grease' and Olivia Newton John wearing shiny black lurex leggings teamed with a pair of wooden look mules [£2.50 from Barratts in 1978]. Thankfully my mum saved me from this look - I was far too young... but when I got my own money in 1983 there was really no stopping me. I think a boob tube also featured. Sob. Thankfully all the pics have been destroyed.



As I got older I realised the error of my ways and it was Madonna as Susan in Desperately Seeking Susan who defined my look for the eighties... I was [and still am] also pretty smitten with her lacy mittens [easier for smoking than gloves] and handy storage solutions. I'm still on the look out for a drum case to store my clothes and undies in, and, because of this film, I have an expansive collection of retro travelling trunks and boxes.



The film Pretty in Pink had a huge impact on my life. I applied for a job in Our Price; cut up all my clothes then tried to reassemble the pieces into a fetching evening gown, and I also tried to get off with a bloke who had been to grammar school. Tut. Life just isn't like the movies... I'm not even ginger... and I've since found out that pink really doesn't suit me... And I never got to be an American Prom Queen.... with pom poms.... sob...



I now would like to tag Mr Swings; Kerrie; Kev; Pat; Mr XL; Mitzi and Princess and anyone else who knows me....

...good grief, my spelling... I knew there was something wrong but I couldn't see for looking...

55 comments:

Dave said...

I'm glad you didn't tag me.

I went to grammar school.

Scarlet Blue said...

Dave: Okay. Dig out your old school uniform and I'll paint my nails black.
Sx

Chairman Bill said...

Good grief - you must be older than I thought!

Robert Swipe said...

I don't think I've taken my wooden block mules *off* since 1978 Scarl.

(Best £2.99 I *ever* spent...)

L.U.V. on ya,

Bob

Scarlet Blue said...

Mr Chairman: I was very advanced for my years. My mother did her best, but nothing comes between a girl and her boob tube.

Bertie: I know, I eventually had about five pairs.

Sx

Lulu LaBonne said...

Madonna was so good back then. There was a little girl where I was living at the time who used to sing that song incessantly but her version ended with
'Now I know you're blind'.

jekandhyd said...

Apparently ONJ had to be sewn into the skin tight black number in Grease. I recall seeing an interview with her where she pointed out the faraway look in her eys is because she desparately wanted to have a pee but couldn't until the day's filming had ended. Let that be a lesson to you Scarlet, fashion can be cruel.

I still can't get over the fact you're not ginger. I am having to work on a completely new set of fantasies now and I'm far too busy to put the effort in that you deserve

eroswings said...

I'll start working on this...

You definitely got into the groove with the Desperately Seeking Susan look.

Coincidentally, I've seen a few men use the blow dryer on their armpit hair in the gym shower area. Clearly, they're Madonna fans, too.

mago said...

Boob tube?

Rog said...

My Leather jacket came from watching "Easy Rider".

Scarlet Blue said...

Lulu: I think I like the little girl's version better!
Yep, Madonna was one determined woman.

Mr Jekand: ...and a Tena lady pad would have really ruined her look.
Admittedly, I have been accidentally ginger. Home hair colouring kits: just say NO.

Mr Mags: Yes, a boob tube. Hideous stretchy bandage type thing that flattens your assets, but has a habit of slipping down and pretending to be a belt when you're dancing and therefore renders you topless.

Sx

Scarlet Blue said...

Rog: My leather jacket came from the Marshall Ward catalogue.
Sx

Macy said...

My signature look came from Annie Hall. Trouble is I seem to have grown into all the clothes I was too small for back then.....

Pat said...

Thanks for that hon. That'll give me something to think about in the next few days;)

Dave said...

Both my leather jackets came from charity shops.

Roses tried to persuade me to go to dance classes. I declined. If you were there in a boob tube though...

mago said...

Oh.

The Unbearable Banishment said...

In other words, you were dressing like my fantasy girls. How did you get inside my head like that? What else do you know?

Sarah said...

'Midnight Express' made me think twice about smuggling drugs.

The Knickerless tights thing...was never a good look.

TechnoBabe said...

I did like Madonna in Desperately Seeking Susan. I liked the way she dressed in that.

Scarlet Blue said...

Macy: Sometimes I dress up in my old clothes [kept in a retro trunk], they still fit... but now bag or are tight in different places.

Pat: Anytime!

Dave: I'll wear the boob tube over a sensible T-shirt...

Mr Mags: Indeed!

Mr Banish: We must be from a similar era? Do you also like fish fingers?

Sarah: The Knickerless tights thing...was never a good look
Were you once influenced by Sharon stone in Basic Instinct?

Sx

Scarlet Blue said...

Technobabe: It was difficult to resist trying to copy her look.
Remember the white shirt and white stockings?
Sx

nick said...

All the pics have been destroyed? That's your story and you're sticking to it. Not many gals can get away with the lurex leggings look, though quite a few kid themselves.

EmmaK said...

Thanks for the insight into your pink lacy psyche. What girl didn't want to be Olivia in those pants eh? My mum was tight with money and made my clothes so I had a snowballs chance in hell of ever purchasing those shiny pants.

While Olivia was filming Grease the zipper gave up, so they had to sew her into the pants and the whole time shooting that day she couldn't go to the toilet. I could never do that- so although I have the looks/vocal talent of Olivia my bladder is the size of a peanut ;)

xl said...

My only influence from Madonna has been to turn off the radio/tv.

Thank you Miss Scarlet for the call out. I am perplexed about it, but will give it a go.

MJ said...

Lacy mittens?

Are you confusing them with Beast's Love Mitten?

Oh Hai, XL!

Eryl Shields said...

I identified more with the Rosanna Arquette (sp ?) character in Desperately Seeking Susan at the time, for some reason. Though I do have a large collection of old luggage, the best pieces of which my son has now snaffled.

I smudged my eyeliner and tried to grow a beard after seeing Pirates of the Caribbean.

KAZ said...

'Madonna as Susan in Desparately Seeking Susan' - OH yes. Jumble sale chic.
And Annie HAll too Macy - I'm still doing that.

Kerrie said...

Thanks for the tag hun, I am already taking a trip dpwn memory lane and it's filled with terrible eighties items.
Well you've already seen my Madonna look and I am sure you worked it much better. Tell me did you have the lippy named Twilight Teazer, this was an essential for the look in our area.
The Pretty In Pink time was also followed by a short obsession with the lead singer of the Psychedelic furs, who was quite tasty and not at all pink.

Kevin Musgrove said...

A scary tag! Thanks (I think!) I'll have to have a think about what I'll be owning up to.

I may be some time, my mind is filled with Olivia Newton John in those leggings.

librarylizzie said...

Oh - Pretty in Pink....one of my all time favourite movies. I always WANTED to be ginger.....

Joanna Cake said...

LMAO... I still have my faux-leather trousers! And I remember my Madonna moment well.

Whirlochre said...

In every Grease documentary and retrospective I've ever seen (not that I've gone looking — they just turn up, like zits), there's always a ho-ho-ho story about Newton-John's skin tight pants.

Bizarrely, I get a buzz from this.

Scarlet Blue said...

Crikey Mr Whirly are you still up as well?! I will do my replies tomorrow. G'night.
Sx

Gadjo Dilo said...

Fascinating, Scarls, that Olivia Neutron-Bomb look in Grease also had an effect on me, but I fancied Stockard Channing as Betty Rizzo that bit more.

Scarlet Blue said...

Nick: I really didn't kid myself... I really couldn't get away with the tight black lurex legging look!
So I wore leopard print jeans instead.

Emmak: My mum used to knit. The Aran leggings didn't work out too well... especially as she ran out of black wool by the time she got to the left knee. She finished them in aqua and orange.

Mr XL: I'm sure you'll be fine. You love film, just choose the big film moments that have altered your behaviour in some way.

MJ: Mr Beastie sews spangles onto his love mitten to make it look more glamorous, but he has yet to discover the delights of fingerless gloves.

Eryl: I smudged my eyeliner and tried to grow a beard after seeing Pirates of the Caribbean.
Indeed!! I started wearing headscarves and hooped earrings... but people thought I was just going a bit more chavvy than usual...

Kaz: Madonna always knows how to work a look and she nicked this one from Bananarama.

Be back in a bit... not enough caffeine and nicotine in bloodstream yet...

Sx

Scarlet Blue said...

Kerrie: Oh Yes!!! Richard Butler!!! I collected most of their albums too.... and had a huge poster on my bedroom wall... and I used to drone on to Sister Europe. And I saw them in concert.

Kev: I have a hunch you're going to come up with something good.

Lizzie: Yep, one of my favs too... I've watched it over and over.

Ms Cakes: That's what's so great about Madonna - love her or hate her, we've all had a moment where she's influenced us.

Mr Whirly: It's my worst nightmare... not being able to get out of my jeans when I really need to.

Gadj: Rizzo was a 40 year old teenager... I relate to her even more these days but I'm glad that I don't have to go to school anymore.

Sx

Princess said...

Dear Miss Scarlet,
You have caused me to re visit some awful memories that i thought i had managed to bury deep within the recesses of my septic mind.
"The Bay City Rollers" were my fantasy in the 70's. I recall the blue tartan cuffed crimpoline bell bottomed pants and chunky platform ankle breaker shoes, team that with a skin toned peter pan collared polyester body shirt and tartan scarf and the look was Fabulous! Oh and the chunky pendant necklace (pinched from mums jewellery box). Well you looked Hot if you were not an extremely overweight effeminate 13 year old boy at a country secondary school!
I'm shhuddering in horror at the memories.
Although one of the older boys did flash his willy at me yellin "Poof"
So it wasn't all bad.
Luv Princess XXX

Mitzi said...

I do like a mince down memory lane. Back to the days when dog shit was white and Mr Patel at the corner shop would sell us kiddies a separate ciggy for 10p. I was never really fussed for Madonna, preferring instead the likes of Olivia, Kate Bush and the blonde bomb shell herself Debbie Harry (now sadly de-fused) I hope my film choices and answers doesn't give cause for concern and the men in white coats to turn up at my door armed with a cattle prod.

Scarlet Blue said...

Missy Princess: Unfortunately the pics of me during my Bay City Roller phase have not been deatroyed.
I'm feeling your pain.

Mitzi: I'm looking forward to reading your choices.
I remember buying separate ciggies and also buying those single zippo lighter petrol refills. They were transparent and looked like jelly sweets. Or am I having a weird dream?

Sx

Kevin Musgrove said...

OK dearie, 'tis done.

I expect I'll come to regret it.

tattytiara said...

I have got to see Pretty In Pink. I feel like I need the credit for seeing it to get my diploma for having gone through being a teenager in the 80s.

mago said...

Bay City Roller phase?

Heavens ...

Scarlet Blue said...

Kev: Thank you!

Tattytiara: Hello and Welcome!
Get it out on DVD now and you will be a paid up member of the eighties club.

Mr Mags: I know!

Sx

Madame DeFarge said...

You're just so stylish. Even if you're not ginger. I'm more of a Margaret Rutherford in Blithe Spirit. Bits started to wobble very early on.

CyberPete said...

OH darling!

Bless you!

Of course the black outfit from Grease is a classic.

Pat said...

Done it! I prefer to call it a challenge 'cos I don't do me mes. Thanks - I enjoyed it:)

Mark Emerson Sanderson said...

I can take or leave Madonna, but Olivia Newton John? In the seventies? Sweet Jesus, if Cliff Richard didn't he's got ice in his veins.

Scarlet Blue said...

Madame D: Ahhh.. but Margaret Rutherford is a true English eccentric and she gets away with wearing tweed hats. She is lovely. Like your good self.

Pete: Hello Sweetie! But Madge wore the exact same outfit for one of her videos, didn't she?

Pat: thank you for joining in the fun!

Mr Marks: I think he has ice in his veins!

Sx

nick said...

Ah, Cliff Richard. Can you believe, he was my numero uno in the early sixties? *squirms with extreme embarrassment* I was heavily into the whole decent, well-scrubbed, boy-next-door image. Until gorgeous, pouting Mick Jagger and psychedelia burst into my innocent brain.

mutleythedog said...

All those movies are my favourites and influence my look. By the way we still have grammar schools. My daughter is in one...

Kevin Musgrove said...

An in-law-to-be adopted the role of Margaret Rutherford, very successfully, in her early thirties. Many's the time I've had a clip round the ear with a fishing rod for pointing this out.

CyberPete said...

She copied Olivia too?

I don't remember the video. I'm just thankful you didn't end up in that Who's That Girl nightmare. Or did you?

BEAST said...

Lacy fingerless gloves are rubbish for washing up , so the Love Mitten rules the sink , and a boob tube would chafe something aweful in the moist kitchen atmosphere , hope your still not influenced by stringy old madge and her leotards Miss Scarlet

Scarlet Blue said...

Nick: You owe Mick Jagger a big favour!

Mr Mutts: I didn't go to grammar school because it would have meant using a bus.

Kev: Early thirties is a little young to be Margaret Rutherford....? Then again... there are the hats.

Pete: NO! I most certainly didn't do the Who's That Girl outfit - hideous!
I will try to find the Madonna vid that I'm referring to.

Mr Beastie: Blimey - where've you been?! No I most certainly won't do the pink leotard outfit either!

Sx

The Lovely Bones said...

Madonna didn't change my life.....but someone I met one summer's day did.... ;-)