I’m so disappointed that 1980s-themed dance club Culture Club has closed (again)! It was a good Halloween party spot for people dressed like 1980s pop stars. In 2013, my designing friend Stacy Lomman and I acquired official Devo “energy domes” (aka upside-down flowerpot hats) and blended into a Devo mural at Culture Club.
It’s still fun to dress as an ’80s pop star even without a great backdrop. In 2010, I was Adam Ant.
I’ve worn those shirts ever since, undaunted by the amusement of people who compared my shirts to the infamous “puffy shirt” from Seinfeld.
Well, who’s laughing now, bitches? Me and Chelsea Peng, that’s who! Chelsea has a photo story on Marie Claire’s website called “How the ‘Seinfeld’ Puffy Shirt Became Fashion’s Latest, Unlikeliest Inspiration.” Puffy shirts are all over the runways. Cate Blanchett walked the red carpet in extravagantly puffed Gucci …
… while Rihanna hit the stage at last month’s Global Citizen Festival in New York wearing a white shirt with dramatic sleeves.
I guess you can say we’re going through a period of inflation, because puffa (or puffer) jackets have also gotten puffier than ever. I’ve been teased for my ultra-puffy Boudicca jacket for years (I believe I got it in 2008).
Vogue alerted us to the trend of bigger and bolder puffa jackets back in February. The ever-stylish Rihanna was spotted wearing a marigold puffa by Burberry that same month, but that coat doesn’t compare to the ones she’s worn more recently. In London this August, her ginormous Raf Simons menswear puffa made my Boudicca jacket look as flat as roadkill. In Paris this month, she wore a pink Ella Boucht puffa that Elle compared to an inflatable couch. (She was there for Fashion Week to show her Puma x Fenty designs.) Back in New York, she switched to an oversized burgundy style by Chen Peng.
Maybe this means that, in a few years, my ’80s pop-star style for this Halloween will be the look of the moment. You’ll have to wait a few days to see what that is!