To begin. Balenciaga:
I spent most of my childhood in the eighties, and what eighties child didn't covet mesh? How I longed for a proper mesh top that I could pair with a scanty tube top. Did I ever own one? No. I instead had the more appropriate grade two version. A t-shirt with half a mesh tank sewn on the front. It wasn't exactly what I was after, but it was better than nothing. What else does this model have that every fashion loving girl in the eighties needed? You guessed it, blue eyeshadow. And if my grade two self had been allowed to wear eyeshadow it probably would have been applied quite similarly to this models-more on my make-up prowess later.
Next up, two looks from Betsey Johnson. If we are going to talk childhood dressing and we are going to talk eighties then we are going to talk Betsey Johnson. The above look has all that amazing distressed black denim. I don't know if I actually wore denim in the early eighties, but if I had it probably would have looked similar to this. I have a VERY distinct memory of sitting on a punk rockers lap riding home from a friends birthday party at West Ed Mall. He had a mohawk that just wouldn't quit. I was in love! With his clothes! To this day I have an affinity for authentic punk style. But who doesn't.
Betsey Johnson look number 2:
Head to toe purple? Head to toe pattern? What young child doesn't want to wear this? Okay, my daughter doesn't. But she would love these pants. She'd just wear them with pink sparkly shoes, a striped t-shirt and a polka-dot scarf(I think Betsey would approve).
I LOVED the Betsey show. I cannot stress enough how awesome it was. Go and look it up right now. But come back when your done please!! I also love that she's started a new line Pink Patch, that is sort of a re-hash of all her best sellers, only everything is under $100! Brilliant. Thank you Betsey.
This Mui Mui dress could have been in one of several family portraits from about 1982-1987. The years that my only dressy dresses were crazy drop waisted abominations. The turquoise green one with giant white polks-dots still haunts me to this day(it suddenly occurs to me that actual pics from my actual childhood may have served this post well)(if you really want to see them just stop by the house some day and I'll drag out several boxes full of photos for you to peruse). The Mui Mui show had a very strong forties vibe and has some absolutely gorgeous pieces. Not to be missed.
This delectable Elie Saab piece made the cut today simply because it is one beautiful piece from a beautiful show. And because it's red. And every single day of grade one I wore a red dress, and a name tag that said -Kelly- cause that's my name. This may or may not be an accurate story. There are a lot of pictures of me in the same little red dress, and I remember distinctly how well it twirled when I spun around, so that's good enough for me.
Does this Elie Saab number remind you of anything eighties? Hmmm? Think musical icons...no? Okay, well, it reminded me of this:
So in celebration of childhood and Michael Jackson and all things early eighties, let's go put on pretty dresses and horrifying make-up!
P.S. - I gathered all the pics for this post from Style.com. Enjoy.