Last Thursday I heard the sad news that director John Hughes had died at the age of just 59.
John Hughes holds a special place in the hearts of many people my age as the Writer of pretty much every iconic teen movie of the mid 1980s (we try not to remember that he moved on to create Home Alone, Beethoven and Baby’s Day Out in the 1990s)
Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller were always 2 of my favourites and I’ve seen them more times than I would like to count (or admit, probably). This weekend I decided to have my own little salute to John Hughes by re watching two of the films I know less well, Pretty in Pink and Some Kind of Wonderful.
Well, I now have a new girl crush, step aside Emma Watson, you have been replaced as my Style Icon by Iona from Pretty in Pink.
Her first appearance, with Punky hair and a leather vest, not necessarily my style, but I love her electicism. One second she’s a bondage punk, the next second she’s ladylike chic, but all with her own (very 80s) twist.
My favourite look is the one she is wearing when Duckie does his famous Otis Redding performance. The 80s does 40s dress with structured shoulders, with a hat and hair net.
I also love that she’s supposed to be in her 30s in the film but in no way considers this a reason to dress like, ooh, Andie maybe, with her pearls and shapeless sack dresses.
I think Ferris Bueller is still my favourite John Hughes film, but with the 80s coming back in a big way I relish the chance to get some first hand fashion inspiration that doesn’t involve stone washed denim or neon.