You never get over your first love. I don’t mean your middle-school crush or high-school boyfriend/girlfriend. Who cares about those people?! Damn, I can’t even remember any names. The romantic feelings that last are your first music and fashion loves. Even if you don’t listen to those bands or wear those styles any more, I bet you can remember how excited you were by them back in the day.
I, however, have truly have never gotten over my 1980s passion for Day-Glo colors. I have a pretty extensive collection of neon clothes. I think it all stems from this neon-pink Guess top, which was so special to me that I wore it for the first day of school in 1984. You know how you always had to wear your best look on the first day!
As a result, my 1984 self freaked the hell out after coming across this vintage Ozbek dress on Shrimpton Couture.
Cherie of Shrimpton Couture dates this amazing velvet piece to the 1990s, but it’s got such an ’80s look. In addition to the Day-Glo, which was popularized by designer Stephen Sprouse during that decade, check out that ultra-short hemline! When we weren’t wearing buttoned-up, boxy blouses and granny boots, we were wearing mini minis! I don’t wear anything that short now, but I’m still drooling over this Ozbek. Literally drooling. The obvious solution: I must borrow Stewie Griffin’s time machine and go back to high school with this dress in hand.
Speaking of Stephen Sprouse and his neon designs, I’ve posted several Sprouse pieces on this blog. (I didn’t own them originally, but bought them at vintage stores and on eBay in recent years.) The 1988 “Hardcore” skirt is my favorite. This photo was taken after I wore it to a Madonna concert in 2012.
Madonna is another one of those early loves that I’ve never gotten over. I haven’t missed one of her tours, ever, starting with the Radio City Music Hall concert I attended in 1985 in lieu of my high-school prom. I won’t miss her this year either — I already have tickets to the Madison Square Garden and Barclays shows that she’ll do as part of her Rebel Heart Tour in September. Because the Garden show is on September 16 and Barclays is on September 19, I’m expecting Madonna to add to shows in between. Maybe I’ll see her three times this year, which means my Madonna locket earrings will get a workout.
Now that I reflect upon it, I deserve a new neon outfit for the concerts … don’t I?
I adored Rifat Ozbek back in the day! His style influenced my final collection when I was graduating from FIT 🙂