Pretty in Pink – A Style Icon tribute to John Hughes

Monday, August 10, 2009

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.

Did you rewatch any old John Hughes classics this weekend? Which is your favourite?

8 Responses
  • Freya
    August 10, 2009

    I loved Iona! I totally forgot that she existed in that movie. Thanks for the reminder.
    .-= Freya´s last blog ..Technical Difficulties =-.

    • Retro Chick
      August 10, 2009

      Me too Freya! It’s been years since I watched the movie.

      I love her apartment too, I didn’t have one of my own last time I watched it, but now I want to redecorate!

  • Ashe Mischief
    August 10, 2009

    Iona’s one of my favorite characters of all time. She’s everything (style wise) I want to be in my 30s.
    .-= Ashe Mischief´s last blog ..Novica: Global Fair Trade Products =-.

    • Retro Chick
      August 10, 2009

      Oh, Ashe! I’m officially in my 30s now!

      Iona makes me think it’s still ok to wear what I want.

  • Viviana
    August 21, 2009

    I so loved Iona’s clothes. I actually used to own the rubber dress she wore with the white t-shirt. It was a gift and came to a horrible end.

    Did you know that latex decomposes if it is not keep correctly? I found out with that dress.

    I was so sad when she decided to dress her “age”.

  • Retro Chick
    August 21, 2009

    Oh no! How sad! Poor dress.

    I was sad when she decided to dress her age too, she looked fab exactly how she was.

  • Terry
    June 24, 2010

    Pretty in Pink is one of my favourite movies ever, so I totally understand the reason why you’ve watched it again. Iona’s character is so funny and eclectic, and so is her style (well, apart from that hideous red suit). The outfit I prefer on her is the printed dress and blonde/white wig 🙂